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December 4, 2011

A Year in Reading: Scott Esposito (Conversational Reading) 6

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It is that same haze of thought one feels when hovering around an idea that remains unelucidatable. It is two hours of serpentine meditation, that same maddening dart and weave between significance and insignificance, transcendence and babble.

December 4, 2011

Pride and Prejudice Continued 0

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The short shelf of books written by Jane Austen has been recently supplemented by many imaginative efforts–Jane Austen as an amateur detective, and several works depicting Austen characters (or Jane herself) as a vampire, a zombie or some other Gothic monster. So what’s next? Death Comes to Pemberley by P.D. James is Pride and Prejudice […]

December 4, 2011

A Year in Reading: Michael Schaub 6

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The Great Frustration is a debut, but it’s also something most writers, even the most acclaimed ones, have never accomplished: it is a perfect short story collection. It’s also the best book I read in 2011.

December 4, 2011

A Year in Reading: Michael Bourne 1

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Esther Freud has written a sharp, emotionally astute novel about what it feels like to let one’s idealism die a slow, quiet death in the pursuit of worldly success, which is just another way of saying she has written a very good novel about what it feels like to grow up.

December 3, 2011

Have Fun and the Money Will Come 0

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Richard Branson has built a global business empire (Virgin Group) around the philosophy “have fun and the money will come.” Branson’s new book, Screw Business as Usual, says there’s a way to make money and also do good. And speaking of having fun, watch Branson and Steven Colbert get into a fire extinguisher/water fight.

December 3, 2011

A Year in Reading: John Williams (The Second Pass) 4

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It’s about gambling, drinking, prison, and an unlikely but believably rendered relationship between two unlucky men. It’s a hard-boiled existentialist novel, and ultimately unlike any other I’ve read.

December 3, 2011

Still Don’t Have a Job? 0

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Still don’t have a job? Friday’s Jobs Report shows structural unemployment is the real problem.

December 3, 2011

A Year in Reading: Dan Kois 3

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It’s a small masterpiece, funny and sad, and though I read it in under an hour I feel it might stay with me forever.

December 3, 2011

A Year in Reading: Nick Moran 11

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I wanted to dislike this book. The point is that I went into this book hating it. I was proven so, so wrong.

December 2, 2011

A Year in Reading: Colum McCann 1

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The book stunned me with its beauty. I had not read anything quite like it before. It was like opening Joyce’s back door and finding another genius there in the garden.