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The Roads to Modernity: The British, French and American Enlightenments by Gertrude Himmelfarb

Any concept of Enlightenment that can attempt with a straight face to trace a direct genealogy to George W. Bush is predicated on a reading of history so attenuated and abused as to be rendered comically unrecognizable.

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15 Sep 2005 // 1:00 AM

True Story: Murder, Memoir, Mea Culpa by Michael Finkel

Finkel's transgression, thus articulated, seems much more comprehensible than those of Stephen Glass and Jayson Blair.

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14 Sep 2005 // 1:00 AM

It’s Different for Girls by Jo Brand

Two middle-aged, former hell-raisers from similar English seaside towns are making fascinating waves in alternative chick-lit.

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Shooting from the Hip: Photography, Masculinity, and Postwar America by Patricia Vettel-Becker

While Shooting from the Hip is recommended without hesitation as an excellent book, it must also be noted that it is an incomplete one.

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A Woman in Berlin: Six Weeks in the Conquered City by Anonymous, translated by Philip Boehm

Besides documenting the relentless terror and humiliation she and other German women endured, the diary offers a unique window on the German psyche as it comes to terms with Third Reich's wholesale collapse.

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2 Sep 2005 // 1:00 AM

The Sea by John Banville

These were the moments I truly cared about Max and his experiences by the sea. I identified with him, with his longings, and his fearless divulgence of his most private secrets and thoughts.

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How the Hula Girl Sings by Joe Meno

In the acknowledgements in Joe Meno's third novel, Hairstyles of the Damned, Meno writes, 'You Suck It: Judith Regan. Badly. And all you other bad publishing corporations. Be ready, the end is nigh.'"

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31 Aug 2005 // 1:00 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 // 1:00 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 // 1:00 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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