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Aloft by Chang-Rae Lee
In the spirit of St. Augustine, I have a confession to make. This is not something I'm proud of, but I guess that defines a confession. I winced at the prospect of reading Chang-rae Lee's Aloft because it was so obviously a multicultural novel. His first novel, Native Speaker, was assigned, like...
Herzog by Saul Bellow
The rocking chair looked comfortable enough when I decided to sit here and read, but I find myself shifting, distracted. I keep looking up to watch people passing on the sidewalk, following them until they disappear from sight. I seem to be looking for distractions, looking for ways to avoid what I ...
The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil by George Saunders
I'm sorry, but I feel that life should offer more than this. -- "The 400-Pound CEO"I like to tell my students that if they're going to write satire these days, they have to go way out there. In the aftermath of events such as Hurricane Katrina, how does a writer shock readers? In the face of real...
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