Year in Reading

December 9, 2011

A Year in Reading: Chris Baio (Vampire Weekend) 2

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My desire to finish Ronson’s gripping book without waking my cat and girlfriend outweighed the putrid stench of my terrible fetid lair. I felt like a psychopath! But I’m not one — I have a sense of humor and experience empathy.

December 9, 2011

A Year in Reading: Hamilton Leithauser (The Walkmen) 6

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This guy is not afraid of diving into the serious shit. It’s a first-hand account of the fighting and aftermath in Iraq and Afghanistan. Over and over you just can’t believe what you’re reading.

December 9, 2011

A Year in Reading: Mayim Bialik 8

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Barbery has astonished me and brought me to my knees with this book. I challenge you to not be deeply moved by this story.

December 8, 2011

A Year in Reading: Philip Levine 4

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I have never read a better depiction of a great mentor and of how true learning takes place. Every teacher of anything should read this book. Twice. 

December 8, 2011

A Year in Reading: Adam Ross 13

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Only one book took over my world, and by that I mean I had that rare experience, while immersed in it, of seeing reality through its lens whenever I put it down and in the days after I finished it.

December 8, 2011

A Year in Reading: Emma Straub 1

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I hiccuped so loudly while reading it that I’m surprised the neighbors didn’t call the police.

December 7, 2011

A Year in Reading: David Bezmozgis 1

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I admire books that can convincingly describe the twists and turns of romance.

December 7, 2011

A Year in Reading: Charles Baxter 5

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It’s the kind of risky ambitious storytelling that writers of my generation are often too scared to try.

December 7, 2011

A Year in Reading: Amy Waldman 4

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It’s awe-inspiring to think how bold Thomas Hardy was for his time.

December 6, 2011

A Year in Reading: Nathan Englander 2

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Look, here are my notes, my notebooks. Here are the sketches I’ve been working on — now read this book that showed up out of nowhere and plain confirms everything I’ve been dreaming.