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Ryan Michael Williams

Ryan Michael Williams is a writer and librarian. His reviews have also appeared in The Quarterly Conversation, Rain Taxi, and ForeWord. He lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota, and blogs at http://goodreadings.wordpress.com.


Reviews

Thursday, September 17 2009

Imperial by William T. Vollmann

Vollmann attempts to capture the lives of his subjects as fully as possible -- it is better by far to listen to the voices and stories of outcasts, eccentrics, poor people, and the powerless.


Tuesday, May 12 2009

Potato by John Reader

With tremendous enthusiasm for his humble subject, Reader recaps the historical usefulness of the potato, but adds little to overall understanding of the impact the potato has had on labor and society.


Thursday, April 30 2009

I Go To Some Hollow by Amina Cain

At her best, Cain does a remarkable job of precisely evoking the way her characters feel as they give themselves over to the experience of some small, mundane mystery.


Sunday, April 12 2009

Wetlands by Charlotte Roche

For all its abundant sexual frankness, the novel’s primary focus is not on the erotic, but on the scatological.


Wednesday, April 8 2009

Castle & Pieces for the Left Hand

Neither book fully transcends the level of genre exercise, and both lose steam once the limits of Lennon’s formal concerns become apparent.


Blogs

Monday, December 1 2008

2666: A Novel

2666: A Novel - Roberto Bolano and Natasha Wimmer - Farrar, Straus and Giroux [$30.00]


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