Category Archives: Book Reviews

Review of The Great Gatsby (novel)

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald My rating: 5 of 5 stars Accepting that clichés are such because they’re true, I’ll refrain from paying The Great Gatsby the usual accolades, let my rating speak for itself and merely list … Continue reading

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On Rachel Shteir and Linkbait

Last week Rachel Shteir’s review of The Third Coast, Golden, and You Were Never in Chicago appeared in the New York Times Book Review (though she claims it is actually an essay). Proud Chicagoans quickly responded: every city has problems, … Continue reading

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Review of Capote’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote My rating: 5 of 5 stars “He’d been put together with care, his brown head and bullfighter’s figure had an exactness, a perfection, like an apple, an orange, something nature has made just right.” … Continue reading

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Dostoevsky’s the Brothers Karamazov

The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky My rating: 5 of 5 stars I just finished reading The Brothers Karamazov and have some thoughts on the book. 1) If you’ve been following you’ll know that I originally planned to stop reading … Continue reading

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Another bit from the Brothers Karamazov

Brothers Karamazov Originally when I started this series of posts I was going to write up a bit of a review of every tenth of Brothers Karamazov, sort of how I blogged about Murakami’s 1Q84. Well, with the marathon, Hurricane … Continue reading

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Don Thompson’s The $12 Million Stuffed Shark

The $12 Million Stuffed Shark: The Curious Economics of Contemporary Art by Don Thompson My rating: 4 of 5 stars Disclaimer, cause I might as well just get it out of the way: If contemporary art makes your blood boil, … Continue reading

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Michael Lewis’ Moneyball

Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game by Michael Lewis My rating: 5 of 5 stars Before I get started, I want to quote (actually to requote) a few choice bits from Bill James, a baseball-statistics enthusiast whose Baseball … Continue reading

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