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Book Review: “Кофемолка”

Attention Conservation Notice: a too-long and not particularly coherent review of the Russian translation of Michael Idov’s novel “Ground Up”. This should not be of interest to anyone, because Idov presumably can guess everything I’m going to say about it … Continue reading

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The Best Books I Read in 2016

Here are the best books I’ve read this year. As usually happens, none of them were written this year, so it doesn’t really matter. Nothing is True and Everything is Possible (Peter Pomerantsev, 2014) — Pomerantsev is an Englishman of Russian … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan and the Nobel Prize

Should Bob Dylan Have Won the Nobel Prize in Literature?   No.

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2015 in Review: Highlights

Movies: I didn’t see that many movies in 2015, and only two that I can remember in theatres. The movies I saw that I thought best, in order of increasing lightheartedness: The Colour of Pomegranates an extraordinary achievement of cinematography and some … Continue reading

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The Best Books I Read in 2015

..actually, since the last time I did a “best books I read” so this will include some books I read in late 2014. Once again, none of these books were published this year, so it doesn’t really matter. I’ve had … Continue reading

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World’s Worst Poem

What is the worst poem ever? I submit that it might be this one, a poem I saw at the ferry terminal in Port Angeles, WA, USA: If you have an example of a worse poem, I would like to … Continue reading

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The best books I read in the first half of 2014

This year I must be doing a good job choosing books, or just getting lucky, or have lowered expectations, because even though I’ve read much fewer books than last year, I’ve read more outstanding ones. Since if this luck continues … Continue reading

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