Category Archives: Literature

“What kind of idea are you?

Are you the kind that compromises, does deals, accommodates itself to society, aims to find a niche, to survive; or are you the cursed, bloody-minded ramrod-backed type of damnfool notion that would rather break than sway with the breeze? – … Continue reading

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Of playbooks, emulators and ‘people’

I’m definitely of the opinion that men and women are more similar than different, and that the general tendency of patriarchal society to push us further apart, with concepts like “men are from Mars, women are from Venus” and so … Continue reading

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Friday Random Ten – the Homestretch Edition

1. Can-U – Old Song 2. The Avett Brothers – Salvation Song 3. Guided by Voices – A Salty Salute 4. Jay-Z – December 4th 5. The Kinks – Big Sky 6. Tom Waits – Shore Leave 7. Portishead – … Continue reading

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Protect the Children: Hide Your Dictionary

If there are children around, please shield their eyes. If you’re under the age of 18, or value your child-like innocence, or are an adult who thinks that there is a vast empty space below your belly-button and above your … Continue reading

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Wondering what to get me for Chrismakkuh?

100 Notable Books of the Year. And I haven’t read a single one of them. Dear Law School: I hate you.

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Happy Banned Book Week!

Amanda and Redneck Mother have some substantive posts that are both worth reading. My experience growing up was similar to theirs — my parents never censored what I read, as long as it was in book form (I wasn’t allowed … Continue reading

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The Bulwer-Lytton Contest winners have been announced! The winner: Detective Bart Lasiter was in his office studying the light from his one small window falling on his super burrito when the door swung open to reveal a woman whose body … Continue reading

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How Not To Pick Up Chicks

Approach them on the subway while they’re reading Lolita and announce, “Just call me Humbert.”

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Can I Have Mike Adams’ Job?

When a college professor is recommending these books for summer reading, you know you’ve got a problem (for the record, I’d be saying the same thing if he was recommending Stupid White Men and the DaVinci Code). For those attending … Continue reading

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Don’t Worry, Ladies, There’s Always a Plus to Being Past Your Sell-By Date

According to John Derbyshire, you’re a whole lot less likely to get raped — because who wants to rape an ugly old bag anyway? (That, coming from this). Some of the most vituperative emails I have ever got came in … Continue reading

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Mark Twain’s Hawaii

Hunh. I never knew that Mark Twain had visited Hawaii, much less wrote about it. This article, a travel piece, offers some excerpts of Twain’s 1866 letters from the Sandwich Islands, at a time when whaling ships visited the islands, … Continue reading

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The Best American Fiction of the Past 25 Years

Congrats to Beloved. It is, indeed, an amazing book, and well-deserving of this prize. I’m also glad to see that the runners-up and other nominees included three books by Don Delillo (including my favorite, White Noise), American Pastoral, and A … Continue reading

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