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Original Essays | September 30, 2014

Brian Doyle: IMG The Rude Burl of Our Masks

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    Children and Other Wild Animals

    Brian Doyle 9780870717543


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Pastoralia by George Saunders

mr.rfitzgerald, July 27, 2012

Enjoyed three out of the five stories in this collection immensely. "Pastoralia, "Sea Oak," and "The Barber's Unhappiness" are all terrific reads, and I guarantee each will have you laughing out loud and biting your knuckle during their respective highs and lows. That said, the other two stories "Winky" and "The Falls" fall flat in comparison, feel a little less genuine, and don't seem to have quite as much to say. Still, the price of admission is well worth it - if you're alive and breathing (or if you're not, but you still have a sense of humor), you owe it to yourself to pick up this book.

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Reality Hunger: A Manifesto by David Shields
Reality Hunger: A Manifesto

mr.rfitzgerald, January 22, 2010

Reality Hunger is not a book. It looks like a book—it has pages, a front and back cover, blurbs, etc.—but it's not. Reality Hunger is a documentary. A calendar for a 582-day year. A book of proverbs. A spiderweb. A mess of paper scraps and glue. It's a guidebook to reading, writing, watching, stealing, remembering, imagining, and dying. You will experience a shutdown of mental faculties while reading this book, a nearly full-scale wipe of beliefs of conventions. The blank screen. Then, the motor starts whirring and things come back into focus, not quite the same as they were before. If you write, read, watch, think, or otherwise exist, you owe to yourself to read this book.

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