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Isaiah Berlin: A Life
Michael Ignatieff, M. Ignatev
Can't and Won't: Stories
Lydia Davis
Dust
Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor
Luhmann Explained: From Souls to Systems
Hans-Georg Moeller
The Savage Detectives
Roberto Bolaño, Natasha Wimmer
The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis
Lydia Davis
20 Under 40: Stories from The New Yorker
Deborah Treisman
Collected Fictions
Jorge Luis Borges, Andrew Hurley
Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus
Ludwig Wittgenstein
Confessions of a Philosopher: A Personal Journey Through Western Philosophy from Plato to Popper (Modern Library Paperbacks)
Bryan Magee
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July
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June 2014
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reviewed: Camere separate
Much more than an 'AIDS novel' as the blurb on the back unfortunately put it. Separate rooms felt like quiet Rilkean mediatio...
Camere separate - P. Vittorio Tondelli
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June 2014
18
reviewed: Possession
3.8 stars really for minor imperfections in the whole 'detective' plot but it's still a dazzling novel for readers written by...
Possession - A.S. Byatt
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May 2014
18
reviewed: The French Lieutenant's Woman
Slowly builds to a series of climaxes of varying intensity (i.e. each strand of thought gets to come into its own at various ...
The French Lieutenant's Woman - John Fowles
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May 2014
13
reviewed: Stoner
Stoner managed to sustain deep, quiet intensity that quickly elevated it from a merely good book to one of the good ones. Sta...
Stoner - John Edward Williams
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February 2014
11
reviewed: Youth
Of Human Bondage with the narrative fat trimmed.
Youth - J.M. Coetzee
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January 2014
02
reviewed: Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened
Not as good as the blog but then again I read the Kindle version.
Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened - Allie Brosh
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December 2013
31
reviewed: House of Leaves
3 3/4 stars for the story with an extra 1/4 of a star for the concept in spite of how gimmicky it felt.
House of Leaves - Mark Z. Danielewski
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December 2013
9
finished reading:
December 2013
08
reviewed: The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P.
Merely adequate stylistically but worth reading as a cautionary tale. Highlights the important distinction between being gene...
The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. - Adelle Waldman
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October 2013
23
reviewed: The Circle
At its best, an homage to dystopian classics that came before; at its worst, well-written, really readable twaddle.
The Circle - Dave Eggers
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October 2013
13
reviewed: Mrs Dalloway
Finally finished it and as always my love for Virginia Woolf's nearly perfect prose (motivated by something other than merely...
Mrs Dalloway - Virginia Woolf, Elaine Showalter
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October 2013
2
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September 2013
16
reviewed: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)
The audiobook's better but the essayistic format is really best expressed through Mindy Kaling's conversational tone.
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) - Mindy Kaling
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September 2013
12
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August 2013
29
reviewed: Mr. Kolpert
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf meets an episode of Misfits. As enjoyable/disturbing as that sounds.
Mr. Kolpert - David Gieselmann, David Tushingham
reviewed: The Moon And Sixpence
This book did not age well. The rampant racism and sexism that are a sign of the times Maugham lived in make this Künstlerrom...
The Moon And Sixpence - W. Somerset Maugham
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August 2013
22
reviewed: The Interestings: A Novel
meh. tempted to leave it at that but that's probably what one of the interestings would say at their worst. Look, will this b...
The Interestings: A Novel - Meg Wolitzer
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August 2013
19
reviewed: Unaccustomed Earth
Didn't quite care for the last 3 but Jhumpa Lahiri's prose remains stolid in this collection (in a simultaneously reliably im...
Unaccustomed Earth - Jhumpa Lahiri
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