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2 Nov 2008 // 10:00 PM

Blindness by Jose Saramago

The women have the strength to withstand the chaos; the men shirk at the responsibility, although they too eventually follow the women’s lead.

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2 Nov 2008 // 9:59 PM

What Happened to Anna K. by Irina Reyn

Reyn gracefully expresses, in throwaway lines and longer musings, the tense psychology of a woman torn between romantic stability and adventure.

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30 Oct 2008 // 11:00 PM

Zombie Movies by Glenn Kay

Film buff Glenn Kay traces the thrilling Hollywood rise, fall, and resurrection of the undead from the grave to the big screen.

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It Still Moves by Amanda Petrusich

Petrusich is not concerned with how many records are sold or what tactics artists use in the studio. Her approach is more intangible, hence more emotionally tactile.

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Elephantina by Andrew Drummond

It may be an occupational hazard of the mimic: becoming so focused on the minutiae of tics and idiosyncrasies that the big picture is missing.

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The Porning of America by Carmine Sarracino & Kevin Scott

Fast forward 30 years and find that the behavior and attitudes we associate with pornography have only become more omnipresent since porn’s heyday.

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28 Oct 2008 // 10:59 PM

Clash of Civilizations over an Elevator in Piazza Vittorio

Perhaps this is Lakhous' way of noting that battling outsiders have defined Italy since the beginning of time, and those clashes made Italy Italian.

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Life: The Classic Collection

This collection emphasizes good photography over technical superficiality ("today's technological advancement, while fine, has done nothing to add excitement to a well-made picture"), and does not assert itself unreasonably.

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27 Oct 2008 // 10:59 PM

The Snowball by Alice Schroeder

A fast-paced, precisely drawn profile of a man who, despite his high visibility in the financial world, isn't someone we've known much about.

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Beirut 1991 by Gabriele Basilico

These photographs do not seek to praise the mutilated city, but to express a consciousness of the collective agony of self-destruction.

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26 Oct 2008 // 10:59 PM

The Jewel of Medina by Sherry Jones

What's precious about this book is its unapologetic reimagining of a marriage that may outrage some, but inspired millions more.

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The Wordy Shipmates by Sarah Vowell

American Exceptionalism has the potential to spur great innovation and bring about profound change, yet it can also be a destructive, insular force that pits the country against those who dare question its authority.

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23 Oct 2008 // 10:59 PM

Obscene in the Extreme by Rick Wartzman

Banning books is a vicious and dangerous thing, and utterly hopeless and futile.

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Ask a Ninja Presents The Ninja Handbook

Proceed with caution, dear reader. Even this book review may be lethal to those with heart conditions or other congenital diseases.

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22 Oct 2008 // 10:59 PM

The Lizard King by Bryan Christy

This book reads like a thriller but transmits a lot of information about how smugglers work.

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Things the Grandchildren Should Know by Mark Oliver Everett

"To all the crazy girls I loved before: thank you, but I'm just too tired now."

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21 Oct 2008 // 10:59 PM

The Eleventh Man by Ivan Doig

This story trembles with the weariness of the modern age toward carnage -- a war novel with an anti-war heart.

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Smart Blonde: Dolly Parton, by Stephen Miller

The frisson between the dual natures of Parton’s appeal, that of a serious musician versus that of a dumb blonde, have made her an enigma.

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20 Oct 2008 // 10:59 PM

The Black Tower by Louis Bayard

Reading this is like being presented with a Hermes gift bag, only to find nestled within all the fancy paper a faux-leather purse from Wal-Mart.

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Yokai Attack!: The Japanese Monster Survival Guide by Hiroko Yoda and Matt Alt

To understand yokai is to understand the central fears and hazards of Japanese culture, be it feudal or futuristic.

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