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Hong Kong Connections by Meaghan Morris, Siu Leung Li, Stephen Chan Ching-kiu (editors)

It makes sense that Hong Kong -- a region with a confused identity -- would produce cinema both local and universal.

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24 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Kamikaze Diaries by Emiko Ohnuki-Tierney

No matter how much they read, how hard they attempted to justify their deaths, the boy pilots ultimately felt lost, afraid to die alone.

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Altman on Altman by David Thompson [editor]

Altman has quite an anecdotal history among his faithful. Any book that claims to dig deeper really has to deliver.

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19 Jul 2006 // 3:00 AM

Heartbreaker by John Meyer

Meyer pulls no punches when he describes Garland's ravenous need for Ritalin and vodka. Still, it never feels like he's just reaching for cheap, gossipy prose.

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18 Jul 2006 // 3:00 AM

Tamerlane by Justin Marozzi

How is it possible to botch a biography of Temur? This is a man who rode his Tatar hordes across Asia, leaving ravaged cities and towering piles of skulls in his wake.

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Yann Andrea Steiner by Marguerite Duras

'Like all men, every day, even if only for a few instants, you become a killer of women.' Whose rage is she describing? With outstanding writing like this, it doesn't matter.

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Play Between Worlds by T.L. Taylor

If you have no intention of ever playing EverQuest but are still curious about what sort of spells clerics can cast and the contingent ethics of 'kill stealing', this text is for you.

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12 Jul 2006 // 3:00 AM

The Book of Trouble by Ann Marlowe

For priding ourselves on being so advanced in comparison to what we view as outdated ways of love -- arranged marriage and traditional housewives -- there's a lot of discontent.

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11 Jul 2006 // 3:00 AM

We Are All Welcome Here by Elizabeth Berg

Berg is such a marvelous writer than she can keep you eagerly reading on for 150-plus pages even when the plot arc is a flat line.

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American Taxation, American Slavery by Robin Einhorn

By forcefully and persuasively offering a new interpretation of American history, Robin Einhorn has provided the raw material upon which popularizers in the mass media can build. Let us hope they do.

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7 Jul 2006 // 3:00 AM

Once in a Lifetime by Gavin Newsham

In recounting the team's rise to prominence, Newsham mixes in numerous pop culture and historical references that help place this moment in time.

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The Sociopath Next Door by Martha Stout, PhD

It is so tastefully informative, well-written, and kindly, that you feel like you're having a cup of tea with a brilliant friend who studies the varieties of sociopathy the way one might memorize every breed of rose.

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5 Jul 2006 // 3:00 AM

Laurel Canyon by Michael Walker

Does anyone who might be interested in this book need a lengthy recitation of the Woodstock or Altamont festivals, and their subsequent psychological impact?

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29 Jun 2006 // 1:00 AM

The Husband by Dean Koontz

After you demand that evil be given an uppercase E, what do you do next, agitate for a more Gothic font?"

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28 Jun 2006 // 1:00 AM

The Chinatown Death Cloud Peril by Paul Malmont

In The Chinatown Death Cloud Peril, Paul Malmont turns the era's best known pulp writers, Walter Gibson and Lester Dent, into the stuff of their books -- crime-fighting, risk-taking heroes who must work together to save New York's Chinatown from certain destruction.

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27 Jun 2006 // 3:00 AM

Impostor by Bruce Bartlett

One need not share Bartlett's flawed perspective to find his condemnation of the Bush administration persuasive.

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26 Jun 2006 // 1:00 AM

The People’s Republic of Desire by Annie Wang

Is it worth being treated like a second-class citizen [in America], as long as one enjoys unparalleled freedom and an education?"

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The Anti-Oedipus Papers by Felix Guattari

Knowledge is a kindness, but when you approach the unknowable the real work begins.

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Empire of Dirt: The Aesthetics and Rituals of British Indie Music by Wendy Fonarow

When dissected, an indie rock gig isn't all that different from the stereotype of nearly naked dancers circling the fire as they fall into a trance.

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19 Jun 2006 // 1:00 AM

Queen of Babble by Meg Cabot

The blowjob barely affects Lizzie's growth as a character, and it doesn't scintillate. It's just there.

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