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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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27 Aug 2003 // 1:00 AM

April Witch by Majgull Axelsson

One of the strangest and most ambitious books in recent memory.

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Portraits of Israelis & Palestinians: For My Parents by Seth Tobocman

What Seth Tobocman's simple Portraits of Israelis & Palestinians sets out to prove is that many such divisions are arbitrary, and that human beings have the choice and the ability to break through the walls.

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Off with their Heads: Traitors, Crooks and Obstructionists in American Politics, Media and Business

Morris chastises 'Hollywood apologists' for acting as if they had political standing in the same way they pretend to be the characters they portray onscreen or in song. But with his motives so plainly in view, the opinions espoused by Morris, former Trent Lott and Clinton campaign advisor and now Rupert Murdoch operative, have no more weight than those of whom he so vociferously denounces.

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The End of Free Love by Susan Steinberg

Conceptual fiction is often about itself ultimately, and The End of Free Love is no exception. The publisher makes no secret of this: the book's cover states that Steinberg's writing 'is as much about form as it is content.'"

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20 Aug 2003 // 1:00 AM

The Deadly Space Between by Patricia Duncker

She's written a chilling tale that -- though it trips over itself a bit -- still manages to be flat-out freaky. And if Freud were alive and had me strapped to his couch, I might even admit it's a bit sexy.

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Dads, Dames, Demons, and A Dwarf: My Trip Down Freedom Road by Mancow Muller with John Calkins

Following the traumatic death of his father, Mancow takes time off from his popular radio program and travels to Europe, where, along with his sidekick the Dwarf, he relieves his confusion and depression through hedonistic exploits that would make Caligula proud.

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20 Aug 2003 // 1:00 AM

Broken by the Rain: The Scums and God by Felix Cheong

Cheong brings to us the voice of a social and spiritual conscience, one that could be reckoned with.

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Wolf Tongue: Selected Poems 1965-2000 by Barry MacSweeney

His [Barry MacSweeney] is a poetry of extreme suffering, of Eliot's 'infinitely gentle, infinitely suffering thing'.

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The Singular Objects of Architecture by Jean Baudrillard and Jean Nouvel

The loose focus of Nouvel and Baudrillard's discussion is the 'singular object': an irreducible, irreplaceable, transcendent cultural artifact.

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13 Aug 2003 // 1:00 AM

The Only Good Thing Anybody Has Ever Done by Sandra Newman

It's a veritable cornucopia of global contemporary culture . . . If you've been in a coma for the last few decades or recently come from another planet, this book should be required reading.

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