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A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again:  Essays and Arguments
A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again: Essays and Arguments Reviews

Review: Un senso di vuoto

È quello che provo nel leggere un saggio così tanto brillante e arguto e nel pensare che non ci saranno più altre parole.

(23/08/2010)
Finito dopo quasi due anni: intendiamoci, non è che siano necessari due anni per leggere questa raccolta di saggi di DFW, è solamente che sia che si parli di tornado (intesi come vortici d'aria e non come caccia bombardieri!) che di tennis, o di David Lynch, o di tv, oppure di critica letteraria, DFW costringe ad accender... Read more

How to Be Alone
How to Be Alone Reviews

Review: The last time I was in the library, Jonathan Franzen written along a spine caught my eye. Why did I want to read this book? Where had I heard this name? The book looked brand new. However, most of its essays are from the late 90s and early 2000s. The political and social references are fascinating because they are now all in hindsight. Most (if not all) are pre-September 11th. They are all pre-current-economic-meltdown and new President Obama.

The essence of the essays are timeless. From... Read more

Epic: Stories of Survival from the World's Highest Peaks
Epic: Stories of Survival from the World's Highest Peaks Reviews

Review: I love these stories of the crazy things people do... Read more

Mirrors of the Unseen: Journeys in Iran
Mirrors of the Unseen: Journeys in Iran Reviews

Review: Another good travelogue of Iran. Keep 'em comimg. I just can't seem to get enough. Only it's not like there are tons of books out there of my detailed and interesting trip through Iran. Maybe I should write one? Do you think they'd give me a visa? Read more

A Tramp Abroad
A Tramp Abroad Reviews

Review: In this case, tramp is used not as a description of a person, but as the name of an action, the process of walking. It's ironic, of course, since Twain uses every chance he gets to tell us that his walking tour usually consisted of taking carriages, trains, boats, horses, or other means of conveyance. May I interject a personal note here? In high school, Mr. Hoyer told me in speech class that he couldn't figure out if I was being serious or trying to be funny when I gave my very ill-informed but... Read more

Barrel Fever: Stories and Essays
Barrel Fever: Stories and Essays Reviews

Review: A very ridiculous and absurd collection of stories. Once again Sedaris fiction comes through! Sometimes his stories are so twisted that they're hard to enjoy but it's all very funny. Also this book has the Santaland Diaries which is my favorite essay ever. Read more

Sometimes the Magic Works: Lessons from a Writing Life
Sometimes the Magic Works: Lessons from a Writing Life Reviews

Review: Great book on writing. Enjoyable and useful. Read more

The Nobel Lecture In Literature, 1993
The Nobel Lecture In Literature, 1993 Reviews

Review: the first time that I heard this speech--my life changed. anyone who wants the opportunity to understand the power of words should listen and understand this speech. Read more

The Singularity is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology
The Singularity is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology Reviews

Review: The beauty of Kurzweil is that he really goes his homework before he authors a book.

Age of Spiritual Machines had more style to it but this book is very dense in terms of domain knowledge.

I miss the metalogue he had going with himself. Maybe I just like those voices in my own head. :-) Read more

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