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Kevin Shay | The End As I Know It (Doubleday)

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Wednesday, 21 March 2007 13:51

endOur hero, Randall, is pathetic in the literary sense. We all know better. Every action is tinged with this awkwardness as we see him flail as an effigy of ourselves just seven years ago.







Mark Polizzotti | Highway 61 Revisited (Continuum)

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Wednesday, 21 March 2007 13:47

highwayMembers of the Dylan cult desire revelation, commandments brought down from the mountain. Until then, another book will have to stand in.





Lisa Unger | Beautiful Lies

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Written by Maria Krizst Thursday, 01 February 2007 02:51

book_ungerLies. Deception. Secrets. Confusion. Suspense. All of these play a big part in Beautiful Lies as Ridley Jones, a freelance writer living in New York's East Village, finds out that her life isn't what she thought it was.





Alex Kapranos | Sound Bites: Eating on Tour With Franz Ferdinand (Penquin)

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Tuesday, 30 January 2007 16:01

soundbitesHonestly, having met hundreds of bands, it is hard to find more than a very few interested in much more than the cheapest food available. Kapranos and his mates readily admit to eating the usual bad band-on-the-road food, but they also appear to take advantage of their touring and search out the unusual and unique.





33 1/3 Greatest Hits, Volume One (Continuum)

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Tuesday, 30 January 2007 15:17

33The books' strengths come from authorship. Many of the writers are people who live the lives of musicians and aspire to be the subject of one of these books.








Cheree Berry | Hoorah for the Bra

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Tuesday, 28 November 2006 00:53

Hoorah for the Bra is a celebration of the evolution of mammalian comfort and flirting possibilities for girls and women.


The Paris Review Interviews, Vol. I

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Tuesday, 14 November 2006 17:00

There’s opinion, ego, wit, insight, personality, history, and, as any Paris Review reader would expect, page after page about the craft of writing itself.



Donald Hall | White Apples and the Taste of Stone

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Thursday, 09 November 2006 15:13

A few of Hall’s poems run along the warm and fuzzy side of things, but there are also pieces that are distressing.



Cynthia Ozick | The Din in the Head

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Thursday, 09 November 2006 14:37

Reading through her essays is like living with each subject and learning some of the smallest bits of detail—or something bigger—but feeling like you were there, watching each event, or idea unfold into an extraordinary piece of art. 



Gary Shteyngart | Absurdistan

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Written by Anne Valente Thursday, 28 September 2006 17:00

Under siege are notions of race, religion, commercialism, philanthropy, American excess, and even psychiatry.



Jeff Hoke | The Museum of Lost Wonder

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Written by Byron Kerman Tuesday, 26 September 2006 11:29

Hoke disdains hundred-page musings on theorems for the simpler pleasures of cut-and-fold cardboard models.



Phillip Lopate (ed.) | American Movie Critics: An Anthology From the Silents Until Now

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Written by Shandy Casteel Tuesday, 26 September 2006 11:27

Lopate has again succeeded in weeding through an insurmountable amount of work to put together a collection certain to become the yardstick by which future anthologies are measured.



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