Rex Babiera

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Location: Chicago, IL United States
Birthday: Jan. 3


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An Arrow's Flight: A Novel by Mark Merlis
A very ambitious novel that reimagines Sophocles' Philoctetes as a gay fantasy story set during the Trojan War and uses anachronisms like Baz Luhrman does in his films. For me, however, all the trappings didn't mask a bland story about a hustler looking to escape and a look at the beginning of the AIDS epidemic.
The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin
The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin
4.0 out of 5 stars Imagine no possessions, Jan. 9 2002
Ursula K. LeGuin always writes thoughtful novels about cultural and/or political clashes. This one is about an idealist, anarchist society exiled to a nearly barren sister planet of a predictably imperialist, capitalist society. If it sounds heavy-handed, it usually is not because it is really about the protagonist and the deeply human story about his two loves: physics and his family. John Lennon sang, "Imagine no possessions"; Ursula K. LeGuin tries to imagine the consequences of no possessions.
Driving Mr. Albert: A Trip Across America with Ein&hellip by Michael Paterniti
3.0 out of 5 stars Stranger than fiction, Jan. 9 2002
Part road-trip novel, part biography of Dr. Thomas Harvey, the pathologist who performed the autopsy of Albert Einstein, this book has a you-have-to-read-it-to-believe-it feel. Michael Paterniti approached Dr. Harvey because of rumors that Harvey kept parts of Einstein's brain. Sure enough, Harvey did have the brain pieces floating in formaldehyde, and before you know it, the two of them are driving to California (with the brain) to see Einstein's granddaughter. There are some hilarious moments (such as a side trip to a high school in San Jose) and poignant moments at the end of the journey, but I was a little disappointed because there wasn't enough closure. For me, it remained a bizarre… Read more