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Lately I would rather read well-researched nonfiction than a novel by someone my age. Iím sick to death of twentysomething Harvard graduates and their sweeping, moralistic tales, postmodern narratives, and gimmicky, too-clever characters. Iím post-ironic now, to quote my favorite teen metasoap. Just give me a story; I donít want the frills. Iím downright crotchety these days, and thatís why ... Continue Reading

Posted: November 16th, 2006

Some people just don't deserve to write books. Fortunately, humans created the Internet, an almost limit-free space where any man or woman can freely exchange thoughts and ideas. Perhaps this new medium for expression has tempered the dreams of so many to someday author and publish a masterwork of printed text that will be stocked in bookstores from East Coast to West. On the other hand, the ' ... Continue Reading

Posted: November 14th, 2006

Helen Moore Barthelme wrote just one book in her lifetime; in 2002, her friends and colleagues read passages from it at her funeral. Oddly enough, that book was an account of her rocky marriage with and bitter divorce from the father of postmodern literature. But Moore Barthelme was no literary groupie, or just another in a long line of writers to apologize for the troubled, beloved author. Wha ... Continue Reading

Posted: October 18th, 2006

I Canít Wait is a book disguised as an envelope. It could be likened to an envelope disguised as a book, though; between its covers, in some 150 words and 25 line drawings, is a profound encapsulation of the human experience. Originally published in French, I Canít Wait is at first a childrenís book. The illustrations are decidedly minimal pen outlines with sparse detail and the only color in t ... Continue Reading

Posted: August 2nd, 2006

Davy Rothbart has got be one of the sweetest peops on earth. And I don't mean he's merely a sweetheart, which I'm sure he is. I'm talking the vernacular sweet, when you're so overwhelmed by style and general awesomeness that all you can do is shout out SWEET! You may have encountered Davy through the magazine and best-selling book FOUND, or heard him on This American Life. While FOUND is ... Continue Reading

Posted: July 28th, 2006

Coffee Ė I adore coffee, my basest desire, my chemical muse. Get me a single-origin Costa Rican brew and a drop of Skim and I will be more productive than a four-armed robot on meth. I adore coffee. I want to swim naked in a giant vat of it. There is a book out there for nuts like me Ė Coffee: A Dark History, by Anthony Wild Ė to fulfill our need to comprehend the drink in all possible way ... Continue Reading

Posted: July 25th, 2006

At first blush, Scottish painter, photographer, author, sculptor and draftsman David Shrigley might seem like a demented visionary artist, creating his wickedly witty prose and childishly morbid sketches from the confines of a mental institution. In reality, though, Shrigley is a graduate of the Glasgow School of Art. And though his work makes him seem reclusive, heís very visible professionall ... Continue Reading

Posted: July 6th, 2006

Authors keep publishing their own explanation of why liberals just can't get any love on Election Day. Two of today's greatest political writers, E. J. Dionne and Kevin Phillips, apparently have stopped making keen, profound observations from afar and are now writing either blueprints for a Democratic resurgence (Dionne's Stand Up, Fight Back) or devastating condemnations of the W Regime (Phillips ... Continue Reading

Posted: May 22nd, 2006

Katherine Dunn, author of the gorgeous and bizarre Geek Love, may seem a one-off wonder to the reading public. Check most bookstores and you'll find a copy or two, if you're lucky, of Geek Love, and on to the next author. However, over a decade before she exploded with her lurid and lovely tale of the Binewski family of carefully-created sideshow freaks (amphetamine and arsenic work magic, if yo ... Continue Reading

Posted: April 13th, 2006

Revered during the countercultural youth movement of the 1960s for his childlike, metaphor-laden prose style, poet and novelist Richard Brautigan fell into undeserved obscurity after his 1984 suicide, dismissed as a minor footnote in the shadow of countercultural icons like Allen Ginsberg, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and Hunter S. Thompson. Or, as his friend Tom McGuane astutely put it, "When the 1960s ... Continue Reading

Posted: March 16th, 2006

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