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Thomas Pynchon
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Thomas Pynchon

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Thomas Pynchon is one of the most influential and critically revered American novelists of his time. Pynchon’s verbal virtuosity, multi-dimensional erudition, and anarchic sense of humor have earned him the title of “bard of the counterculture.R... More »

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The Circle: A 1984 for Our Time

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  Dave Eggers 3 January 2014 Review by Dan Geddes The Circle, Dave Eggers’ novel named for a fictitious Google-like company that profits from its users’ data and destroys individual privacy, is a topical and compelling read. The story takes place in a... More »

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What’s Going On at UAardvark?

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By Lawrence S. Wittner Review by Dan Geddes What’s Going On at Uardvark? is a satirical campus novel, one where the university is utterly dominated by corporate interests. Companies outbid each other to have the campus buildings named after them. “... More »

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Amsterdam: A History of the World’s Most Liberal City

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Review by Dan Geddes See also: The Island at the Center of the World The Dutch Republic The First Salute Russell Shorto’s Amsterdam: A History of the World’s Most Liberal City is such an enjoyable book in part because Shorto cherry-picks the most i... More »

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Bleeding Edge

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Essay by Dan Geddes See also: The Crying of Lot 49, Gravity’s Rainbow, Vineland, Inherent Vice, and Dys, an imaginary Pynchon novel Most Thomas Pynchon fans will not be disappointed by Bleeding Edge, his new novel set in New York in 2001. Some may be dis... More »

The Perfect Defective

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Clark Casey Review by Dan Geddes Clark Casey’s The Perfect Defective is a hilarious short novella, an enjoyable beach read if your sense of humor includes ribald parody of the LA private detective genre. Aside from the Spade or Marlowe associations, some... More »

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Me Talk Pretty One Day

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  Review by Timothy Hurley When I retired after thirty-five years of medical practice my friends said I had to have a plan. They said I’d be dead in a month if I had no plan. I didn’t work thirty-five years to die in a month. So I decided to take a hu... More »

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In One Person

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Review by Dan Geddes Note: The first part of this review is for would-be readers and thus contains no spoilers. The second part is further commentary, including spoilers. John Irving would admit that sexual orientation is still an important political issue in ... More »

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The Rosy Crucifixion (Sexus, Plexus and Nexus)

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Henry Miller By Dan Geddes See also review of Miller’s The Air-Conditioned Nightmare Henry Miller is sui generis. It is difficult to place his works in a particular genre, though novels may still be the best category. Some have termed his works “au... More »

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The Prague Cemetery

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Umberto Eco Review by Dan Geddes Umberto Eco’s The Prague Cemetery is an entertaining tour de force of 19th century European history. Blending history and fiction as in his previous novels (The Name of the Rose, Foucault’s Pendulum), Eco uses the f... More »

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