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Original Essays | September 30, 2014

Brian Doyle: IMG The Rude Burl of Our Masks



One day when I was 12 years old and setting off on my newspaper route after school my mom said will you stop at the doctor's and pick up something... Continue »
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    Children and Other Wild Animals

    Brian Doyle 9780870717543

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Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
Slaughterhouse-Five

Zulaikha, January 31, 2013

This was my first, and to date, only Vonnegut experience. I read this in my junior year of high school, tacked onto the end of the year. Mostly as an indulgence to my english teacher who was obsessed with Vonnegut and squeezing it in at the end of the year to have people to fanboy and geek out with after they'd read it. Then I read it and figured out why he was so obsessed. I have to say, this book yanked me firmly into modern literature. (At the time I was deep into my love for 18th and 19th century prose style. Didn't really get over that. Just paused it for a time.) After Vonnegut, I read a slew of men from around his time period. I really credit this book with making me branch out a whole lot more.
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From the Dust Returned by Ray Bradbury
From the Dust Returned

Zulaikha, January 3, 2013

This is the first Ray Bradbury book i've read. *cringes* But it was the most beautiful story i've heard in a long time. Mr. Bradbury knows how to paint the most vivid pictures in ones mind with his words. The dream-like atmosphere is enough to lull one into a mind-set where truly, a family such as this, can exist. It is a quick read, but so worth revisiting. Overflowing with imagery and poetry, this book is just amazing....It's like Shakespeare meets Poe & are married by Tim Burton. i reread it often.
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Grunge by Thurston Moore
Grunge

Zulaikha, January 3, 2013

Grunge is a great collectors item for anyone entranced by the Pacific north-west American music scene of the 1980s and 1990s. Text introducing the book, written by Thurtson Moore, a veteran of the scene and photographs by Michael Lavine, the most notorious photographer of the grunge period make this book a great pleasure to look through.
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Burn by Suzanne Phillips
Burn

Zulaikha, January 3, 2013

This book had me holding my breath through major chunks of it. What a powerful story of the result of bullying. A freshman boy, abused by his father when he was younger, is singled out by the football guys who start with some simple name calling but move to more blatant bullying and then escalate to something horrible. As the reader, I kept confronting myself with the question, "What would I have done in his situation? What was there to do???" And to think it all started with the simple mistake by a coach of seeing a new student with rather long hair from behind and mistaking him for a girl. Now I must read this author's first book too! She's a special education teacher in San Diego and obviously is in touch with the feelings of teens.
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The Particle at the End of the Universe: How the Hunt for the Higgs Boson Leads Us to the Edge of a New World by Sean Carroll
The Particle at the End of the Universe: How the Hunt for the Higgs Boson Leads Us to the Edge of a New World

Zulaikha, January 3, 2013

I love this book. There doesn't seem to be a quick easy way to describe what the Higgs boson is, what it does and why we should care. Carroll carefully and methodically takes the reader through each of these and I, a person with no physics background, am actually learning and understanding about particle physics (at a layperson level, obviously). I think I need to read it a second time to really solidify my understanding, but I've learned tons on just this first reading.
Not finished yet, but even if the few remaining pages and appendices completely suck (which i can't imagine really) this book is still a must-read for anyone curious about the Higgs hoopla and what the heck the LHC does.
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