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An early book and far less than I expected. I probably started at the wrong end of Dos Passos with Manhattan Transfer and USA.

Comes a long way down the list of War novels, like waaaaaayyyyyyyyyyyyy below All Quiet and The Good Soldier, The Things The
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The Sorrow of War by Bảo Ninh
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Probably the first published book on the Vietnam War from a North Vietnamese perspective. As much about PTSD as anything else. The perspective changes a number of times throughout the book. A stunning book. To be read with 'The Things they Carried'
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Anywhere

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Any way I choose (with apologies to The Who).

I wanted to know, yea even to try to understand, what mythogeography was about.

Phil Smith (Dr., for such he is) has more names, pseudonyms, alter-egos, noms de plume, than Brian O’
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Strangers in Their Own Land by Arlie Russell Hochschild
"There has been a recent output of books and articles attempting to 'explain' the behavior of conservative voters. The earliest I can recall is Thomas Frank's What's the Matter with Kansas? How Conservatives Won the Heart of America, and there are..." Read more of this review »
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“Looking at and 'appreciating' art has been understood as an instrument (or at best a result) of upward mobility, in which owning art is the ultimate step. making art is at the bottom of the scale. This is the only legitimate reason to see artists as so many artists see themselves - as 'workers'. At the same time, artists/makers tend to feel misunderstood and, as creators, innately superior to the buyers/owners. The innermost circle of the art-world class system thereby replaces the rulers with the creators, and the contemporary artist in the big city is a schizophrenic creature. S/he is persistently working 'up' to be accepted, not only by other artists, but also by the hierarchy that exhibits, writes about and buys his / her work. At the same time s/he is often ideologically working 'down' in an attempt to identify with the workers outside of the art context and to overthrow the rulers in the name of art.”
Ben Davis, 9.5 Theses on Art and Class

Arthur Stanley Eddington
“An individual is a four-dimensional objectof greatly elongated form; in ordinary language we say he has considerable extension in time and insignificant extension in space.”
Arthur Stanley Eddington, Nature of the Physical World

Thomas Pynchon
“Don't forget the real business of war is buying and selling. The murdering and violence are self-policing, and can be entrusted to non-professionals. The mass nature of wartime death is useful in many ways. It serves as spectacle, as diversion from the real movements of the War. It provides raw material to be recorded into History, so that children may be taught History as sequences of violence, battle after battle, and be more prepared for the adult world. Best of all, mass death's a stimolous to just ordinary folks, little fellows, to try 'n' grab a piece of that Pie while they're still here to gobble it up. The true war is a celebration of markets.”
Thomas Pynchon, Gravity's Rainbow

Thomas Pynchon
“Once they have you asking the wrong questions. They don't have to worry about the answers.”
Thomas Pynchon, Gravity's Rainbow

Thomas Pynchon
“Don't forget the real business of the war is buying and selling. The murdering and the violence are self-policing, and can be entrusted to non-professionals.”
Thomas Pynchon, Gravity's Rainbow

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