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March 1, 2007

The Corey Vilhauer Book of the Month Club: March 2007 1

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I’m not ready this month. Seriously. I’ve only had 28 days of reading, a good number of which I spent failing to write a short story and traveling to Minneapolis. I’ve only read two books. And one of them took me three weeks. I’m just not ready for February to be over. I shouldn’t complain, […]

February 26, 2007

Newspaper Violence 0

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It seems likely to me that a few readers will not get past the introduction of Pete Dexter’s new book, a collection of newspaper columns and magazine articles called Paper Trails. In it he lets us know that he had little interest in collecting his columns in the first place. He tells us that the […]

February 26, 2007

Obsession, Obsessively Told: A Review of Tom McCarthy’s Remainder 0

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What if… What if you were an anonymous urbanite, going about your daily routine in, say, London, when some indescribable airborne object falls through the nothingness and crash-lands on your head, forever altering your somethingness… What if that happened, and then it’s months later. You’ve doubled back from the abyss and there you are, at […]

February 18, 2007

The Seeds of Conflict: A Review of Guerrillas by Jon Lee Anderson 1

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Jon Lee Anderson is a top-tier foreign correspondent. Writing for the New Yorker, he has spent much of the current decade reporting in Afghanistan and Iraq. Unlike many of his “embedded” colleagues, however, Anderson strays far from the relative safety of American protection into the homes and offices of people on the ground, talking to […]

February 16, 2007

Janet Fitch In Black & White 8

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“Don’t read this book if you are depressed. Yikes.”–Amazon.com reader review of Paint It Black Janet Fitch has a new book out, Paint It Black, and so that this dark etching might be properly framed, and hopefully some light then cast in its direction, some background information will prove useful. Fitch’s first book, White Oleander, […]

February 10, 2007

Uncle Bob’s Van: A Review of Robert Stone’s Prime Green: Remembering the Sixties 1

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My father used to tell the story of the summer he spent touring Europe with his Uncle John. For five memorable weeks, he was allowed (or forced, depending on his mood) to ride shotgun in a decrepit VW bus, barnstorming the battlefields of World War II, listening to John – an uncle by marriage, practically […]

February 5, 2007

The World of Tomorrow, Today: An Attempt at a Review of Thomas Pynchon’s Against the Day 3

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Let us for a moment, reader, move beyond the dreary cacophony of snap-judgments – the mindless hatchetwork of critics who abandoned the novel halfway through, the predictable enthusiasms of the Elect, the hedged bets of those who managed to finish just in time for deadline. Let us distance ourselves from the welter of conflicting reports, […]

February 3, 2007

The Ghosts in Chicago’s Political Machine 0

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“Why is it that members of the same family get appointments in several sections of government and only large firms seem to get representation on boards dealing with zoning and construction?” Sound familiar? This question was posed in 1971 by the newly elected alderman of the 44th Ward, Dick Simpson, to the “‘Boss’ of all […]

February 2, 2007

The Corey Vilhauer Book of the Month Club: February 2007 1

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“Dostoevsky was a sick man. He was spiteful, intolerant, and irritable. Turgenev once described him as the nastiest Christian he had ever met.” – Andrew R. MacAndrew, Translator of Notes from Underground. I’d like to think that, 200 years from now, I’ll be immortalized with a Penguin Classics edition of my life’s work – a […]

January 22, 2007

Indelible Doubt – Class Trip & The Mustache by Emmanuel Carrere 4

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A man shaves off his mustache and, consequently, his life. A boy gets lost within his dilemmas and insecurities, echoing downfalls of a mature man. Where does Emmanuel Carrere want the reader to end up? I’m unsure, but you can read Class Trip & The Mustache for yourself and try to figure it out. Both […]