Posts Tagged ‘Books’

She's Grrreat!

Written by Mark Peikert on . Posted in Arts & Film, Books, Our Town Downtown

agora Judging from her hilariously dark new memoir Agorafabulous!: Dispatches from My Bedroom (out Feb. 14 from William Morrow), Sara Benincasa will always win the “Who has it worse?” game. Spent a week during college in your apartment, unable to get dressed or leave? Benincasa could barely leave her bed, and took to pissing in cereal bowls rather [&hellip
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Jonathan Ames: Everybody Dies in Memphis

Written by Jonathan Ames on . Posted in A Trip Through the Archives, Arts & Film, Books

memphis_pyramid_parkinglot About two hours after the Tyson-Lewis fight, after the arena had cleared out, after the final press conference, after 20,000 people had collectively shot some kind of cathartic wad of soul-semen and soul-pussy-juice, I found an exit and walked alone across a large, desolate parking lot and up a steep grass embankment. As usual I [&hellip
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Book Review: Luminous Airplanes by Paul La Farge

Written by Mark Peikert on . Posted in Arts & Film, Books

farge There is a lot of ground covered in Paul La Farge’s Luminous Airplanes, from the Great Disappointment of the 19th century to a time when computers were the province of dedicated insomniacs obsessed with the idea of making the machines do their bidding. Beneath the divergences and skittering chronology, however, is a fairly banal search for [&hellip
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Book Review: Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend

Written by Mark Peikert on . Posted in Arts & Film, Books

Among the strands that comprise Susan Orlean’s thorough, wide-ranging and ambitious Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend are the promised biography of America’s first dog film star; a history of the evolution of animals into house pets; a shocking revelation that America had a dog army during WWII (where was that fact in high school [&hellip
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