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Recommended Reading: Killing Yourself to Live, by Chuck Klosterman

I haven't read it yet, but I can recommend this book on the strength of two things: the author's hilarious book reading at Powell's Books this evening in Portland, and his inscription to me afterward:

Posted by ryan on August 16, 2005 | Comments (61) | TrackBack

Poets Are Losers, Not Just Sissies

Poetry used to be respectable, back when the poets people read were good writers, bold in their ideas, and skillful in manipulating the economy of words to communicate something that a narrative somehow could not. Poetry used to convey paragraphs in single words and colors in black and white. Back before all poets became bad writers, and all bad writers became poets.

Amateur poetry nowadays downright embodies bad writing. Since there is so much more bad poetry than good, the bad poetry has given poetry in general a bad name. It is time to set the record straight, throw to the wind misplaced appreciation of people expressing themselves any way they know how, and condemn amateur poetry for the pus-laden blister on the heel of language that it is.

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Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem

Motherless Brooklyn: Meh.

Posted by nati on June 03, 2004 | Comments (149) | TrackBack

Book Review: Battle Royale

There’s nothing better than wrapping yourself up in a paper thin airplane blanket and contorting your body to fit in a coach-sized seat with a good book to take your mind off the nauseating turbulence; especially when the book includes graphic details of bloody masses of human flesh being burned to a viscous pulp after a massive explosion.

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"A World Made New"

For those interested in human rights and the evolution of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (hereafter, "Universal Declaration"), Mary Ann Glendon's "A World Made New" is both insightful and timely. Glendon movingly chronicles the disparate personages that participated in the formation of the United Nations and the Universal Declaration, its uncertain and difficult origins and evolution, and current overall significance in the modern human rights movement.

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Posted by Steve on July 30, 2003 | Comments (135) | TrackBack