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4 Feb 2008 // 9:00 PM

The Portable Atheist

Sectarian strife, an historical constant, and its images of suicide bombings, occupation, and crumbling civil societies are sadly ubiquitous and have fueled the passions of the “New Atheism”. This will not soon abate.

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The Late Hector Kipling by David Thewlis

I was so annoyed with Hector’s inability to make a single mature decision that I was glad when he became a monster and the blood started splattering.

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3 Feb 2008 // 9:00 PM

Wax Poetics Anthology

Throughout Wax Poetics there is the sense that hip-hop was built on secret, sacred knowledge.

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3 Feb 2008 // 8:59 PM

Doomsday Men by P.D. Smith

British historian explores the development of nuclear weaponry and its impact on society in Doomsday Men.

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31 Jan 2008 // 9:00 PM

Modernism by Peter Gay

Alas, this entire book amounts to a collection of blurbs on various artists that might easily have been gleaned from program notes, dust jackets, or the brief commentary one reads on museum walls next to paintings.

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Museum Highlights by Andrea Fraser

This book urges us to be more aware of the way we consume aesthetic products, to question their true functions

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The Executioners Bible by Steve Fielding

Hanging people is a messy business, and most of those in the trade, however eager they may have been to take the job at first, before long would be traumatized by the scenes they were forced to witness and take part in.

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30 Jan 2008 // 8:59 PM

A View of the Ocean by Jan de Hartog

With any luck, this deeply affecting posthumous memoir, centered on the awful process of watching his elderly mother die, will expose de Hartog to at least a few more American readers.

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Misunder- estimated and Overunder- appreciated

Those in the satire business have been fed a steady and highly nutritious diet of Bush's stubbornness, lack of curiosity, cockiness, managerial incompetence, blatant corruption, and verbal ineptitude.

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29 Jan 2008 // 8:59 PM

The Art of Free Cooperation by

The cynic in me desperately wants to make fun of this book. Can someone throw out the word “utopia” again?

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Against the Machine by Lee Siegel

To Siegel, the Internet is a font of convenience but also a perturbing wasteland of mindless babble, where the simple-minded wile away their days.

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28 Jan 2008 // 8:59 PM

Born Standing Up: A Comic’s Life by Steve Martin

Offers a fascinating glimpse of an odd brain doing its work, as well as an enjoyable sweep through America's pop culture past.

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27 Jan 2008 // 9:00 PM

Against the Day by Thomas Pynchon

There is sheer virtuosity and beauty in Pynchon's prose, its poetry and jazz rhythms, which he uses to build up a sense of artistic wonderment and then discharges with that little laconic snap of emotion at the end.

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27 Jan 2008 // 8:59 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 // 9:00 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 // 8:59 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 // 9:00 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 // 8:59 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 // 9:00 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 // 8:59 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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