in Saint Paul, MN, United States
23 to 28
“My, oh my. This, strangers, is the ever-elusive Great American Novel. To effectively convey its worth I'd have to write twenty pages, but I'll attempt a blurb: Saul Bellow is a satirist in...”
“I've loaned this book out four times. No one ever gives it back.”
John Kennedy Toole, Walker Percy
Rick Moody, Amy Hempel
“What if Raymond Carver was a woman, a genius, and not an asshole? The result would be similar, but not quite up to par with Amy Hempel.
I defy anyone to read this story and not burst into...”
“It's actually quite painful to get to the end of a Zadie Smith novel. It's not that she writes tragedies, it's that you've run out of time to spend with the characters.”
Regina Barreca, Dorothy Parker, Colleen Bresse
“I've been reading this book very, very slowly - really, just one story at a time before bed on days that didn't go well. These stories are a delicacy.”
Flann O'Brien, Keith Donohue
“For fans of James Joyce that aren't always in the mood for a challenge.”
“An all-you-can-eat-buffet of a novel, like Infinite Jest without the footnotes, arcane vocabulary, loopy structure, and with an interest in race. So, yeah, maybe nothing like Infinite Jest,...”
“On the last day of my senior year in high school, my grammar teacher gave this book to me as a present. She was a perfectly lovely woman in her early 70's. Maybe this is the arrogance of...”
“It took about five years of my life for me to learn that I'm not a musician (judge for yourself here: www.soundclick.com/VladimirsBigDance). You could say I have this book to blame for the...”
Sinclair Lewis, Sol Gordon
American Bible Society
“This book is hilarious! It cured me of Christianity at age 13. I still can't believe that people put their faith in it.
Mark Twain, Bernard DeVoto
“So, what's it like to go through life as hyper-literate, greasy, Marxist drunk? Let the Hitch explain it to you . . .
I agree with Hitchens about 45% of the time, but almost always enjoy...”
Richard Howard, Jean-Paul Sartre, Lloyd Alexander
“A better title would be: How To Be Cynical About Everything: A Compendium of Epigrams.
A few of my favorites:
A stench in the ear. Undomesticated music. The chief product...”