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'Rachel's Blue' Left Me Perplexed

There are times when a reviewer and book simply do not jibe.

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'Meathooked' Gets Hung-Up on Its Own Problems

Beneath a thin veneer of science journalism lies a vegetarian manifesto.

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'LEGO Star Wars' Is a Photographic Wonderland

Vesa Lehtimäki's collection of photographs featuring LEGO toys in inventive situations is an inspiring and innovative collection.

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Rehashing 'Becoming a Marihuana User'

A short and pleasant little tour with Howard S. Becker into the world of marihuana.

Alice Mills
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What Can a Book Really Tell You About Whiskey?

If you're old enough to drink whiskey, you're too old for scratch n' sniff.

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From Manuscripts to Pop Culture, Dante Endures

Dante's English Public glances at current adaptations of Dante's work, from the comic Nightcrawler's Inferno to Mark Danielewski's House of Leaves.

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Why Novelist Richard Price Doesn't Need a Pseudonym

The language and dialogue in his latest novel, The Whites, gives away his identity -- and that's a good thing.

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Walter Mondale's 'Good Fight'

Walter Mondale is remarkably engaged and up-to-date for a man who held the Vice Presidency more than 33 years ago.

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'Videogames and Art' Is Missing the Art

For a medium that prides itself on pushing the visual edges, here we find exposition rather than fancy, and monochrome in place of color, words, yes, but no images.

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Charles Yu. Stories. Please Read.

Charles Yu creates a world so strange in 'Sorry. Please. Thank You. Stories.' that it just might be real.

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In Wonderland: Surrealist Adventures of Women Artists

“Surrealism led to feminism and after that nothing was ever the same.”

Leigh Cuen
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Sea Monkeys: A Memory Book

This story takes the California dream and tears it apart, only to reassemble it into a dangerous patchwork totem, where the taboo and the sacred jostle for space.

Jennifer Breukelaar
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The Sound His Head Makes: ‘On and Off Bass’

Although it reads at times as a kind of existential travelogue, the book is firmly rooted in the Los Angeles port city of San Pedro, where bassist Mike Watt grew up and still lives.

Claire Shefchik
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The iPad Release of T.S.Eliot's 'The Waste Land' Is Adequate, But Could Be Better

The Waste Land as an iPad app demonstrates how we might re-imagine the book, but it also illustrates how editorial choices can limit value.

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Mislead by Rock 'n' Roll: Brian Johnson's 'Rockers and Rollers'

I realize Brian Johnson is not a writer: his book got published because he’s AC/DC’s lead singer.

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Steve Hughes, Washed in Dirt

For a decade and a half, Steve Hughes has published Stupor, a zine that chronicles life in the age of diminished expectations. The newest issue was done in collaboration with international art star (and Björk main squeeze) Matthew Barney.

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Klegg the Drunk: John Updike on Raymond Carver

John Updike the East Coast moral aesthete and Raymond Carver the West Coast drunken Everyman had more in common than met the eye.

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'The Mall': A Dark Mirror of Reality

The Mall is not so much a horror story as it is a reflection of the darker side of humanity.

Film

Somewhere Over the Technicolour Rainbow Lies the Weirdest Book I Own

Two brief, random glimpses -- cautionary or otherwise -- into what happens when celebrity gets too close to the ragged edge of reality.

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Save the World from Evil Math

On 'proofiness', 'randumbness' statistical boo-boos and other high-level mathematical theories.

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Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse: "Race to Death Valley"

Floyd Gottfredson's strip was a fluid, rubber-limbed, sassy, slangy, breathless, seamless mix of absurdity and adventure.

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Reflecting on Sex: Sasha Grey's Neü Sex and Her Uphill Battle

Candid style photos make Grey's book a very personal work. She urges mainstream media to “send a positive image. Don’t just give the image of sex. Talk about it."

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