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Fashion of the 70s: Vintage Fashion and Beauty Ads by Jim Heimann
Fashion of the 70s: Vintage Fashion and Beauty Ads

scratch, September 19, 2011

Just look at the cover. It's horrifying, yet you can't look away. The whole book is like that. A delightful romp through the flared polyester years we love to hate. And love.
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Is There No Place on Earth for Me? by Susan Sheehan
Is There No Place on Earth for Me?

scratch, June 2, 2011

Fascinating reportage about the difficult day-to-day life of a schizophrenic woman. Pseudonymous "Sylvia Frumkin" is a pathetic figure yet a sympathetic one. Sheehan describes her rocky family life, her many hospitalizations, and the few brief periods when she was a hospital outpatient. A thought-provoking addition to the narrative is an after-the-fact critique of how Sylvia was medicated--mis-medicated would be the better word--by virtually every psychatrist who treated her. Highly recommended for readers with an interest in psychology, psychiatry, and pharmacology.
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Fashion of the 70s: Vintage Fashion and Beauty Ads by Jim Heimann
Fashion of the 70s: Vintage Fashion and Beauty Ads

scratch, December 15, 2010

The front cover image: I can't look away, yet I can't stand to look. It's horrifying, yet oddly compelling, as is every image in this book. Ads for jumpsuits, pants suits, wigs, and "the first cologne exclusively for gay men." Johnny Carson hawking a plaid sport coat. Not-terribly-attractive women modeling "hip" T-shirts. A freshly scrubbed, beaming girl with her elbows stuck into lemons for reasons that remain unclear. Trust me, this is the perfect book to decorate that lucite coffee table. You can't afford not to buy it.
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Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry into the Value of Work by Matthew B. Crawford
Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry into the Value of Work

scratch, December 15, 2010

A thought-provoking defense of the work of the hands versus the life of the mind--or is "versus" the right word? Read it and find out. If there's someone in your life whose hands will never be clean, this is the perfect holiday gift.
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The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
The Corrections

scratch, October 6, 2010

Franzen's first foray into family saga resembles Freedom but is (believe it!) less bourgeois.
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