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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: The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary by Simon Winchester

  I love the Oxford English Dictionary. I first got untethered access to it in college (Hurray for the benefits of ludicrously overpriced education!), now granted this was in attempting to find a ‘unique’ interpretation to a couple of John … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler

Dashiel Hammet put me off the whole hard-boiled detective/noir genre. I’ve always loved the idea. Simplicity, attitude, and a touch of the literary. It’s a tough world, riddled with greys. What joy there is in hardening the souls of your … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories by Ken Liu

Liu’s short stories are so good, so short that I can’t shake the feeling that he is simply giving away ideas. Each is an untold epic in its own right, waiting to be written from the sheer power of its … Continue reading

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Book Review: People Who Eat Darkness: The Fate of Lucie Blackman by Richard Lloyd Parry

This is a book that is less concerned with the plot than it is its characters. I like this. The plot will move when it’s ready. It has to, especially in non-fiction, but characters take time, require an understanding and … Continue reading

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