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31 Aug 2005 // 12:00 AM

How to be Idle by Tom Hodgkinson

The author's prescription for a better life doesn't assume that we're going to go to yoga every day or maintain a distance from drugs and alcohol.

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Don’t Get Too Comfortable: The Indignities of Coach Class, the Torments of Low Thread Count, the Nev

He's a gay Jewish Canadian. Swoon! If only I could be one of those things, I would never get over my own fantastic exoticism.

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The Perfect Manhattan by Leanne Shear and Tracey Toomey

The novel, in spite of its tendency to linger on the shallow side of appearances, makes some very telling points about life in the Hamptons.

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HomoCore: The Loud and Raucous Rise of Queer Rock by David Ciminelli and Ken Knox

This book is an excellent primer for those interested in learning the basics about HomoCore.

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The End of the Hamptons: Scenes from the Class Struggle in America’s Paradise by Corey Dolgon

Even (assumedly) well-meaning liberal conservationists and local celebs' valiant acts of working-class empathy and attempts at preserving the area's history can't escape Dolgon's sharp criticism.

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Belle and Sebastian: Just a Modern Rock Story by Paul Whitelaw

With the intimacy of a true fan and the validity of a music critic, he weaves the fascinating story behind its release and the band's response to their newfound critical acclaim, including the only known correspondence between Murdoch and Morrissey, doppelgangers as they may be.

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Devil’s Corner by Lisa Scottoline

Roger Holland looks at a couple of instant classics of Crime-Lit For Chicks and Right Wing War Games For Boys.

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18 Aug 2005 // 12:00 AM

Bleed Into Me: A Book of Stories by Stephen Graham Jones

Jones's characters are always a hair's breadth away from incarceration, eviction, or any number of other troubles.

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Born of the Fourth of July by Ron Kovic

The story is desperate, it's harrowing, and in light of current events, it's as timely now as it was when it first arrived.

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12 Aug 2005 // 12:00 AM

Oh Pure and Radiant Heart by Lydia Millet

It's fascinating to consider what the human forces behind the bomb would think of their work now, 60 years after the Trinity Test and the bombings at Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

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How Soccer Explains the World: An (Unlikely) Theory of Globalization by Franklin Foer

The truth is that English football supporters were far from the lethal killing machines Foer would have you believe.

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Chaucer: Ackroyd’s Brief Lives by Peter Ackroyd

But we don't remember Chaucer for his contributions to English governance, we remember him as perhaps the single most significant architect of the modern English language.

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The Gods Drink Whiskey: Stumbling Toward Enlightenment in the Land of the Tattered Buddha by Stephen

Asma forces us to examine what areas of faith and secular life are inseparable from our identities, and in so doing he becomes an interesting counterpoint to the normal hero of the travelogue.

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The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann

Random House has released a fresh translation of Thomas Mann's The Magic Mountain. According to Tim O'Neil, it's the version for the ages.

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Center Square: The Paul Lynde Story by Steve Wilson and Joe Florenski

According to Center Square, two things stood in Lynde's way: alcoholism and homosexuality. Of course, neither of those are necessarily a barrier to success in Hollywood.

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Old Clothes, New Looks: Second Hand Fashion by Alexandra Palmer and Hazel Clark

One of the book's main themes is how the second hand clothing market has provided opportunities for female self-determination, however limited by the silk canopy of patriarchal authority.

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MirrorMask: The Illustrated Film Script of the Motion Picture from The Jim Henson Company by Neil Ga

And so we have the strange situation in which we can peruse at length the full script and storyboards well before we have any chance of seeing the movie itself. It's the ultimate spoiler.

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1 Aug 2005 // 12:00 AM

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling

With her astonishing run of the first five books, Rowling's magical thrillers have grown increasingly darker, using deaths in books four and five to really give the story's arc an emotional heft the first trio were thin on.

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Why White Kids Love Hip-Hop: Wankstas, Wiggers, Wannabes and the New Reality of Race in America by B

Just because Kitwana and other outside observers believe that youth in general should be rising up against its misguided elders, unfortunately doesn't mean that such a movement is underway.

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Carl Melcher Goes to Vietnam by Paul Clayton

In this novel, Paul Clayton pulls off the remarkable feat of being resoundingly anti-war yet simultaneously pro-troops.

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