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The Life and Death of Images,  Diarmuid Costello & Dominic Willsdon (eds.)

In addition to a reasonably strict adherence to the analytic restrictions of philosophical inquiry, the speakers in this book seem to be on a subtextual quest to save art.

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Clawing at the Limits of Cool by Griffin & Washington

The greatest strength of this book comes in Griffin and Washington's perceptive analysis of the cultural meanings of the public images projected by both musicians.

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An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination by Elizabeth McCracken

The trademark dry wit that made The Giant’s House so enjoyable is much in evidence here, even as McCracken unfolds one of life’s worst possible events.

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One Perfect Day by Rebecca Mead

It's hard to know which is more depressing: a church that has to prostitute itself by offering quickie weddings, or a couple to whom this compromise of a ceremony is the best they can do.

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New Stories from the South 2008: The Year’s Best

Flannery O'Conner's hauntingly gothic South meets the modern American search for meaning in yet another superb edition of this series.

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Atmospheric Disturbances by Rivka Galchen

The power of this book is not in its depiction of psychosis -- it’s in how effectively it symbolises this kind of romantic confusion.

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The Nightmare and the Dream by Dax-Devlon Ross

Author Dax-Devlon Ross reminds us that the personal is -- still -- political. And music is terribly personal.

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Semantricks & The Daily Candy Lexicon

Since, like Shakespeare, we ignore the bulk of available words, a few amusing new bon mots isn’t going to clutter the word soup any further. They will certainly help to spice it up, though.

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17 Sep 2008 // 11:00 PM

The Night of the Gun by David Carr

A reporter's own horrific story: his past was even worse than he had remembered.

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Little Brother by Cory Doctorow

A computer-savvy 15-year-old would probably find Little Brother entirely worthwhile, and she wouldn’t be wrong.

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The Same Man by David Lebedoff

Orwell and Waugh’s discomfort with modernity and opposition to totalitarianism does not make them moral writers, but it does make them political writers and social critics

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15 Sep 2008 // 10:59 PM

Marrying Anita by Anita Jain

A delightful chronicle of search for love in modern Delhi, a wildly fermenting Petri dish of old and new.

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Downtown Owl by Chuck Klosterman

The notion of Klosterman filling a whole novel with his personality seemed daunting to some: after all, his essay-oriented style was the perfect fit for a generation of ADD-addled teenagers.

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14 Sep 2008 // 10:59 PM

Fine Just the Way It Is by Annie Proulx

Proulx's antic, mordant vision of human life as fodder for a wildly inventive Mortality Machine is in full play here.

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The Indie Band Survival Guide by Chertkow & Feehan

Yet another music biz book that confuses the DIY tradition by promising buckaroos and pop sensation status.

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If Every Month Were June by Tony Bender

Hooter is presented as gloriously shallow, so when he sees a hot girl on a tool calendar -- the super-bodied "Trixie Foxalot" -- he falls immediately in love.

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You Do Not Talk About Fight Club by Read Mercer Schuchardt (ed.)

Using Sartre and superstring theory as a foundation, Vacker adds a voice to the continuation of Palahniuk’s theme, which deals, essentially, with the will to live -- and more importantly, how to live.

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Jerusalem: City of Longing by Simon Goldhill

Goldhill has a talent for ironic juxtaposition and a keen grasp of the myth-making, sloganeering, and heedless self-interest that have polluted the debates over Jerusalem for many years.

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9 Sep 2008 // 10:59 PM

Revolver by Kevin Connolly

With this collection, Connolly has really lost the plot. It is, alas, choc-a-bloc with "just messing around".

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The Multicultural Mystique by H. E. Baber

Ever a master of the broad stroke, Baber traipses through chapter after chapter with all the refinement of a chainsaw trying to cut lace.

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