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Original Essays | August 21, 2014

Richard Bausch: IMG Why Literature Can Save Us



Our title is, of course, a problem. "Why Literature Can Save Us." And of course the problem is one of definition: what those words mean. What is... Continue »
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    Before, During, After

    Richard Bausch 9780307266262

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Zombie Spaceship Wasteland by Patton Oswalt
Zombie Spaceship Wasteland

Emma Burke, June 20, 2011

Patton Oswalt does seamlessly what I think makes the best comedians as funny as they are-he manages to make you laugh and shortly after want to burst into tears at what made you giggle moments ago. His story of how he came to be on the comedy scene is touching and genuine, while also one of the funniest memoirs I've read. Without coming off as pretentious or unnecessarily bitter (all the bitterness is validated) he explains what it's like to live in the seedy underbelly of performing that is standup comedy. Even if you aren't interested in what it is to be a comic, his recollections of growing up and his short stories will make you reminisce on your own experiences and understand how those moments will resurface in the future.
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Kiki Strike: The Empress's Tomb by Kirsten Miller
Kiki Strike: The Empress's Tomb

Emma Burke, July 25, 2010

While I was a huge fan of Kirsten Miller's first book, Kiki Strike: Inside The Shadow City, I was thrilled to read the follow up, The Empress's Tomb. I did enjoy it quite a bit, but it didn't strike me (no pun intended) like the first book did. The story in the sequel was just as exciting and engaging, and Miller's writing captivated me once again, but I was expecting something different from the get go, which altered my view of the book. It focused more on a minor character in the first one rather than one of the characters the first book was centered around. If you haven't read the first book, I'd say you would enjoy this one just as much (if not more) without the background knowledge the first story gives. And for those Kiki Strike fans out there, you should still give this one a shot, but go into it without any expectations.
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