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Stuff I’ve Been Reading

I’ve been on the move. Out in LA for 6 days, staying first with Alex and Chrisanne, and then checking into the Hotel California with my mother and two sisters. There was no pink champagne on ice, and we were … Continue reading

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Stuff I’ve Been Reading

— The Guns of August, by Barbara Tuchman A re-read. It’s so definitive that any book covering the same period (and there are libraries full of them) must reference it. One of her real gifts as a writer is giving … Continue reading

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Stuff I’ve Been Reading

— Wonderful interview with director Hou Hsiao-Hsien on his film “The Assassin” (in theaters now. I loved it.). He says: I’m 68 and I’m running out of time. I started reading martial arts novels when I was in elementary school, … Continue reading

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Stuff I’ve Been Reading

— I have been obsessed with the meltdown going on at Gawker. As with most things at Gawker, it may only be of interest to people from the media who have been obsessed with what is going on, on a … Continue reading

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Stuff I’ve Been Reading

— “I think she is a terrible driver + an ENORMOUS PIECE OF SHIT MOTHERFUCKING ASSHOLE. How fucking entitled do you have to be to behave like this? She should be arrested and have her license revoked, and if I … Continue reading

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Stuff I’ve Been Reading

— There’s a new Jonathan Swift biography which sounds excellent. I very much enjoyed reading this review. — Fantastic essay on Grantland about the insidious “Man up” culture we’ve got going on and how dangerous it is. Not to mention … Continue reading

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Stuff I’ve Been Reading

— Too many Lou Reed elegies to count. This one, on Gawker, I found particularly moving. It seems fitting that I just finished Just Kids, by Patti Smith (so good, I sobbed through the last three pages), with her evocative … Continue reading

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Stuff I’ve Been Reading

— I read Joe Simpson’s Touching the Void: The True Story of One Man’s Miraculous Survival in one utterly horrified sitting. I was afraid to put it down because my terror was so great I thought I wouldn’t be able … Continue reading

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Stuff I’ve Been Reading

— I’ve seen this linked all over the place and finally got around to reading it: How the Freaky Octopus Can Help us Understand the Human Brain. I certainly don’t want to meet an octopus out in the wild but … Continue reading

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Stuff I’ve Been Reading

— I wanted to cheer reading Ron Rosenbaum’s cranky reaction to people who assume that Holden Caulfield IS J.D. Salinger. And, for the good of the planet, read the piece, not just the title. I’ve seen a lot of folks … Continue reading

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