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Book Review: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving

I read The Legend of Sleepy Hollow back in high school. It was Halloween and as all teachers strive to tie literature to something relevant in their students’ lives, mine did the same. I didn’t remember it. I remember being … Continue reading

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Book Review: Naked Lunch: The Restored Text by William S. Burroughs

Sanguine poetry dressed in the sex and suffering of addiction. That’s how I wish I could describe Naked Lunch. Addiction is horrifying. Worse than any disease, more debilitating than any ordinary suffering, it is the surrender of one’s identity to … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Human Factor by Graham Greene

  The Human Factor is an understated, viscerally affecting book that manages to show a side of espionage largely ignored by the other giants of the genre. It takes the soft side of spy work and puts it under a … Continue reading

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Book Review: Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke

‘No one reads Arthur Clarke for his characters; you read it for his ideas.’ This is the mantra I keep hearing with a lot of the big three in sci-fi. I can get behind that provided the ideas are big … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe

The best books capture a piece of the world while pickling and preserving it within the brine of the author’s experience. Wolfe’s Bonfire of the Vanities works beautifully around this ad-hoc literary theory. It is a story of segregation and … Continue reading

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Book Review: Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood

Reinterpreting Shakespeare is one of those things that seems obvious on paper, I mean Shakespeare himself borrowed large swaths of his ideas of those that came before him, so turning it into a cycle is an obvious get. The problem … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Tin Drum by Günter Grass

After World War II, as one can imagine, Germany was in something of a bind when it came to moving forward. What is the correct way to move forward after an all but global rebuttal to the government of Hitler’s … Continue reading

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