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A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson

While providing tremendous insight into the history of science and the study of the world at large, Bryson's most interesting observations lie in his fascinating description of said scientists and their peculiarities and obsessions.

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9 Oct 2003 // 1:00 AM

A Secret Burial by Penelope Sell

Growing up, Elise soon realizes, is as much about the turning of the clock as it is about circumstance. Dead mother or not, 15 is still 15.

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9 Oct 2003 // 1:00 AM

The Girls in 3-B / In a Lonely Place / Skyscraper

Pulp's classic 'femme fatale' is Clytemnestra in Chanel no. 5, all temptation, castration and, in her inevitable defeat, the eventual restoration of masculine order.

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9 Oct 2003 // 1:00 AM

Diary by Chuck Palahniuk

What's transpiring is equal parts incisive satire and artistic shell game from an audacious writer whose weakness is his emotional detachment from his characters and situations. Getting involved would not violate the rules of satire, although it might fly in the face of postmodern 'cool.'"

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Death Metal Music: The Passion and Politics of a Subculture by Natalie J. Purcell

The book might serve certain mainstream minds in opening them up to the legitimate vitality of this underground scene, and it might help to de-demonize some 'extreme' music.

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Scenes From a Long Sleep: New & Collected Poems by Peter Didsbury

He writes in the long tradition of the English eccentric, weirdly both inhabiting and residing somewhere outside of normal reality.

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25 Sep 2003 // 1:00 AM

Parasites Like Us by Adam Johnson

Set in the future, anthropology professor Hank Hannah recounts the happenings and peculiarities of modern Homo sapien life.

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Last to Die by James Grippando

The perfect combination of cocky superhero and romantic leading man, Swytek is a guy who's seen it all and lived to tell the tale.

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25 Sep 2003 // 1:00 AM

Journal of the Dead by Jason Kersten

Set in 'Rattlesnake' Canyon, New Mexico -- where the friends stop to camp for a night -- and stocked with colorful local characters, Journal of the Dead is steeped in elements of pulp fiction.

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War Against the Weak: Eugenics and America’s Campaign to Create a Master Race by Edwin Black

Uncovers a long-repressed chapter of social history significant enough to command reappraisal of the legacy of eugenics for today and for the future.

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17 Sep 2003 // 1:00 AM

Since the Layoffs by Iain Levison

We're simply rooting for the underdog to get back on his feet, to earn a paycheck, to settle into a routine.

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17 Sep 2003 // 1:00 AM

Jonah Sees Ghosts by Mark J. Sullivan, III

More successfully executed are Jonah's prophetic night dreams. Sullivan wisely withholds the specifics about this activity, which lends it a mystery the ghosts themselves lack.

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Autumn Glory: Baseball’s First World Series by Louis P. Masur

Reminds us that baseball a century ago was actually much like baseball now, with a few notable exceptions. Chief among them: 100 years ago, teams from Boston actually played in the postseason.

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Who Sleeps with Katz by Todd McEwen

Todd McEwen's new novel positively pulsates with vigorous life, which is odd, as superficially it's a novel about dealing with the knowledge of death.

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11 Sep 2003 // 1:00 AM

Pestilence by William Owen Roberts

The Black Death, well, it wasn't much fun, was it? Neither is Pestilence, a novel set in 1347 Europe as the plague roared across the continent.

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11 Sep 2003 // 1:00 AM

The Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem

Jonathan Lethem has always been a cerebral writer with a junk-culture heart.

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11 Sep 2003 // 1:00 AM

Bliss Street by Kris Kenway

There's just not enough meat to this main course.

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27 Aug 2003 // 1:00 AM

White Zombie: Anatomy of a Horror Film by Gary Don Rhodes

The 1932 film White Zombie has been hailed by some as classic horror and derided by others as an incompetent mess. In fact, it is both.

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27 Aug 2003 // 1:00 AM

Vicious Spring by Hollis Hampton-Jones

Hollis Hampton-Jones has produced a svelte, trendy book that is reminiscent of the anything-goes tradition of porno-chic.

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27 Aug 2003 // 1:00 AM

Ten Little Indians by Sherman Alexie

Alexie's latest collection of stories and the best writing he's done since the critically acclaimed The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven.

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A Chat with José González at Newport Folk Festival

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"José González's sets during Newport Folk Festival weren't on his birthday (that is today) but each looked to be a special intimate performance.

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