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Original Essays | September 30, 2014

Benjamin Parzybok: IMG A Brief History of Video Games Played by Mayors, Presidents, and Emperors

Brandon Bartlett, the fictional mayor of Portland in my novel Sherwood Nation, is addicted to playing video games. In a city he's all but lost... Continue »


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Otherwise Known as the Human Condition: Selected Essays and Reviews by Geoff Dyer
Otherwise Known as the Human Condition: Selected Essays and Reviews

Peter Stamelman, January 16, 2012

Geoff Dyer's wide-ranging and passionate erudition are in evidence in every essay, review and autobiographical musing in this remarkable collection. Art, photography, literature, music - all are grist for Dyer's prodigious, all-encompassing mill. How refreshing in this age of short attention spans and hermetic specialization to find a writer who celebrates the joys and rewards of possessing an eclectic's curiosity. Dyer's riffs on Rebecca West, Don Cherry, Robert Capa, James Salter, et al. transcend "criticism". Make room on your book shelf for Dyer alongside Didion, Sontag and Updike.
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A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
A Visit from the Goon Squad

Peter Stamelman, September 20, 2011

Joan Didion for the naughts. In addition, Egan pulls off one of the most difficult of narrative tricks: taking seemingly disparate storylines and gradually(and devastatingly)weaving them together into an kaleidoscopic tapestry.
The book deserves all the awards and accolades - and merits a second, third reading. A damned good book.
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