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27 Jan 2008 // 9:59 PM

Suspects by David Thomson

Reading Suspects made me want to go back and watch the movies it celebrates.

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24 Jan 2008 // 10:00 PM

Comic Art 9

Stack this book next to Eisner's Comics and Sequential Art and McCloud's Understanding Comics -- or rather, don't stack it at all, but keep it right next to your desk where you can find it at a moment's notice.

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24 Jan 2008 // 9:59 PM

Literary Russia by Anna Been and Rosamund Bartlett

Because this book is organized geographically, it can only be used if Russia is thought of as a literary geography.

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23 Jan 2008 // 10:00 PM

The Tokyo Look Book by Philomena Keet

An entertaining and informative book, but rather like leafing through a fashion magazine: visually stimulating, but intellectually unsatisfying.

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23 Jan 2008 // 9:59 PM

The Quiet Girl by Peter Hoeg

This densely plotted novel explores love, the meaning of family, and man's search for the divine.

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22 Jan 2008 // 10:00 PM

Physical Evidence: Selected Film Criticism by Kent Jones

What matters isn’t whether you or I agree with Jones, of course, but whether his writing offers new insights into the films and directors at hand.

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22 Jan 2008 // 9:59 PM

Salem Witch Judge by Eve LaPlante

Sewall was a devout and prosperous Puritan whose diligently kept and richly detailed diary gives us an unrivaled view of life in colonial New England in the late 17th and early 18th centuries.

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22 Jan 2008 // 9:58 PM

A Golden Age by Tahmima Anam

This is a welcome novel that tries to humanize the story of Bangladesh's birth, a country born not of one, but two, civil wars in the last 60 years.

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People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks

Brooks’ use of this damaged child is unrealistic, ultimately, and adds nothing to the text, unless you needed a reminder that war is bad for children and other living things.

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The Education of Henry Adams: A Centennial Version by Edward Chalfant and Conrad Edick Wright

Between the Civil War and World War I, an old world began to die.

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Union 1812 by A.J. Langguth

Historian A.J. Langguth chronicles this exciting and uncertain period in a riveting account of the construction of American society.

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20 Jan 2008 // 9:59 PM

Nureyev: The Life by Julie Kavanagh

Nureyev defied the barrier that separated classical dance from modern and popular forms of the art, building bridges that are now familiar pathways.

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20 Jan 2008 // 9:58 PM

Gonzo: The Life of Hunter S. Thompson by Jann S. Wenner and Corey Seymour

Thompson had a talent for writing and self-destruction, both equally strong.

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Life, in Pictures by Will Eisner

This collection cleanly articulates the value of owning a book more for history’s sake than for enjoyment.

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17 Jan 2008 // 9:59 PM

Chewing Gum by Michael Redclift

Excellently written, with a thesis rich enough to make you think, and enough supporting factoid snippets to keep you armed for dinner parties or pub quizzes.

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16 Jan 2008 // 10:00 PM

John Cage by David Nicholls

If Nicholls can only describe the shadow of the event, the echo of the song, then it is to his credit that he succeeds. The book places these experimental pieces in a context outside of the assumed joke or prank.

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16 Jan 2008 // 9:59 PM

Diary of a Bad Year by J.M. Coetzee

Coetzee's odd 'new work of fiction' is no prize.

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The Artist’s Joke by Jennifer Higgie

What is surprising is that so little of 20th-century art criticism has focused on humor in art.

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15 Jan 2008 // 9:59 PM

American Skin by Ken Bruen

Irish Noir treads into malefic waters with Ken Bruen's American Skin.

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Genre in Popular Music by Fabian Holt

Holt discusses the all-importance of 'genre' in music studies, yet argues that no one knows what 'genre' really means.

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