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28 Mar 2006 // 1:00 AM

Fascination by William Boyd

Boyd's rendering of dissolution is persuasive precisely because we trust his language: this is how people speak, and this is how people fall apart.

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27 Mar 2006 // 1:00 AM

Adverbs by Daniel Handler

In Handler's world, love is constantly evolving. It is not given away by one to another, but is an action that must be continually performed by both.

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Roots Too: White Ethnic Revival in Post-Civil Rights America by Matthew Frye Jacobson

Being an academic, Jacobson refrains from phrases such as 'rank hypocrisy', though he makes clear the various rhetorical smokescreens and circumlocutions necessary to justify this white racism that calls itself by any other names available.

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Arte Povera by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev

With the beautifully designed Arte Povera, Phaidon once again makes art from documentation of art.

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22 Mar 2006 // 1:00 AM

Wired for Chaos by Brett L. Renwick

If Wired for Chaos is not flawed in execution, then maybe it is flawed in vision.

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Think!: Why Crucial Decisions Can’t Be Made in the Blink of an Eye by Michael R. LeGault

'The logical outcome of reality TV is snuff movies,' warns LeGault, quoting the opinion of another analyst without any facts to merit this assumption.

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The Gang That Wouldn’t Write Straight: Wolfe, Thompson, Didion, and the New Journalism by Marc Weing

Suddenly, the New Journalists became practitioners of what became known as the 'art of fact'.

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17 Mar 2006 // 1:00 AM

Apex Hides the Hurt by Colson Whitehead

The danger with satire is that real life might be more inherently ridiculous than the satirist's creations.

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White Money/Black Power: The Surprising History of African American Studies and the Crisis of Race i

White Money/Black Power might not make the best Kwanzaa stocking stuffer. But for those interested in understanding the ways philanthropy and politics are inextricably tied to intellectual production and academic projects, this is your book.

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Hard-Boiled Masculinities by Christopher Breu

The adoption of a hard-boiled persona by a character reflects his response to the particular capitalism of the US in the interwar period, frequently against the normative movement and in desire of a pre-industrial, agrarian society.

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Household Words: Bloomers, sucker, bombshell, scab, nigger, cyber by Stephanie A. Smith

Surely Smith knows that a radical reinterpretation of Dreiser or Fitzgerald's The Last Tycoon is not going to take the sting out of being called nigger or scab.

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The Dead Emcee Scrolls: The Lost Teachings of Hip-Hop by Saul Williams

Certain things never change: s'mores are still delicious, rainbows are still happy, calculus is still confusing, and Saul Williams is still angry at mainstream hip-hop culture.

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The Fame Game: How to Make the Most of Your 15 Minutes by Michael Flocker

'I have never seen [Tara Reid] in any movie or television program, but from what I gather, she is an actress.'"

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Wholphin No. 1: DVD Magazine of Unseen Things by McSweeney’s

The DVD part is obvious. But why is Wholphin also billing itself as a magazine?"

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The Dictionary of Corporate Bullshit: An A to Z Lexicon of Empty, Enraging, and Just Plain Stupid Of

We are getting a glimpse of someone else's office hell, and that makes it engaging in that car crash kind of way.

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6 Mar 2006 // 1:00 AM

A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore

With a joke to page ratio this high, a lot of smiling will be done while reading, and maybe even some bona fide out loud laughing.

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A Crack in the Edge of the World: America and the Great California Earthquake of 1906 by Simon Winch

Through no weakness on the author or publisher, it arrived not long after Hurricane Katrina wiped out New Orleans, another American city at the opposite end of the country and century.

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The Colossal P.T. Barnum Reader: Nothing Else Like It in the Universe by Phineas T. Barnum

Cook writes that 'even at the height of radical Reconstruction, [Barnum] continued to promote brutally dehumanizing images of people of color on stage.'"

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28 Feb 2006 // 1:00 AM

Pretty Little Dirty by Amanda Boyden

If you've seen Catherine Hardwicke's Thirteen, you have read Pretty Little Dirty.

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27 Feb 2006 // 1:00 AM

The Brief History of the Dead by Kevin Brockmeier

In Brockmeier's prose, the characters are not forged by the infrequent trial or tribulation they experienced in life, rather they are defined by the accumulation of the small details they never bothered to notice.

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