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Halls of Fame
Halls of Fame
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5.0 out of 5 stars Saving Nonfiction One Essay at a Time, Feb. 16 2001
This review is from: Halls of Fame (Hardcover)
If you like Anne Carson, read John D'Agata. If you like Ben Marcus, read John D'Agata. If you like Michael Ondaatje, read John D'Agata. If you like Borges, Annie Dillard, Robert Coover, Michael Palmer; care about literature; love to be challeneged; hear music in words; see beauty in irony; consider yourself a reasonably intelligent person who nonetheless still wants to be entertained when you read...then read John D'Agata.

The Age of Wire and String: Stories
The Age of Wire and String: Stories
by Ben Marcus
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Here's the Future, Feb. 16 2001
A stunner through and through. A world unto itself. This is what fiction can and should do.

Collected Fictions
Collected Fictions
by Jorge Luis Borges
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just Read It, Feb. 16 2001
This review is from: Collected Fictions (Paperback)
There's nothing better in contemporary literature by anyone, in any language. Borges saves us from ourselves. Weinberger's translation is spectacular.

Pieces of the Frame
Pieces of the Frame
by John A. McPhee
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars If You Love McPhee, Feb. 16 2001
This review is from: Pieces of the Frame (Paperback)
In my opinion, this is the best thing he's written. It's one of the only collections of indivdual essays he's published, but it's a great glimpse into where he got his start, and from where his quirky, ravenous outlook on the work comes. A stunner!

Teaching a Stone to Talk
Teaching a Stone to Talk
by Annie Dillard
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars She Ecslipses All, Feb. 16 2001
If you know Annie Dillard then you know her stunning essay "Total Eclipse." This is the book that contains that breathtaking work of art. Read this as your introduction to Dillard. And by all means, if you do know Dillard's stuff already but haven't read this book...well, what's the problem?!

Table Of Green Fields
Table Of Green Fields
by Guy Davenport
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Splurge on the Hardcover!, Feb. 16 2001
This review is from: Table Of Green Fields (Hardcover)
No one plays with the assumptions of a reader in terms of genre, plot, image, or even sentence structure like Davenport. This book is one of his best. And in terms of the general American literary scene, this book is one the greatest!

Works On Paper
Works On Paper
by Eliot Weinberger
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars The First Review!?!, Feb. 16 2001
This review is from: Works On Paper (Paperback)
Eliot Weinberger is hands-down the finest American essayist around. Read this book as a primer.

The Boys of My Youth
The Boys of My Youth
by Jo Ann Beard
Edition: Paperback
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1.0 out of 5 stars Sorry, Sensationalism Doesn't Cut It, Feb. 16 2001
This review is from: The Boys of My Youth (Paperback)
I usually don't give such low star ratings to books--in fact this is the lowest I've given--but I'm so in awe of the sentimentality in this book with its quirkiness posing as art that I simply need to express my shock that this would be considered great reading. This may sound harsh, but maybe for a bunch of lonely middle-aged women the quaint little anecdotes in this book would seem comforting--the way group therapy feel "comforting" perhaps--but I can't suggest this as true literature, however snobby that sounds.

Desire: Poems
Desire: Poems
by Frank Bidart
Edition: Paperback
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3.0 out of 5 stars Read Ovid AND Bidart!, Feb. 16 2001
This review is from: Desire: Poems (Paperback)
"The Second Hour of the Night" is probably the best long poem written in English in the past few decades. This book was robbed of the Pulitzer, and is worth buying (or just reading) for it alone. The first half of the book is, honestly, just filler. But the second, final poem makes up for it!

The Collected Works of Billy the Kid
The Collected Works of Billy the Kid
by Michael Ondaatje
Edition: Paperback
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3.0 out of 5 stars When Ondaatje Wasn't Afraid to Experiment..., Feb. 16 2001
...there was this book: an odd assortment of newspaper clippings, dialogue, narrative, description... It's a beautifully odd collection that captures the "idea" of this folk hero, rather than a straight story. Great reading!

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