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Take It to the Limit

It’s a profound loss that our local Friends of the Library organization no longer conducts a monthly sale of used books. They still operate a small used bookstore off the lobby of the library itself,  but the operative word is … Continue reading

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Hoo Dat Opp Dar?

In the early 1960s, before the United States became deeply involved in the war in Vietnam, Art Hoppe did a series of columns for the San Francisco Chronicle in which he satirized the conflict (in what we would now say … Continue reading

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What’s Hip Today

Tower of Power once had a hit song titled “What Is Hip?” The line I remember is, “What’s hip today may become passe.” (With an accent over the e there at the end.) Indeed. I’m now 60 pages into The … Continue reading

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Faded Pressed Flowers

I read a lot of junk fiction. Some of it is very good junk fiction, but I’ve never been much drawn to literature. I’ve never read Tolstoy or Dostoyevsky, never read James Joyce. I tried Faulkner and didn’t get far. … Continue reading

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Can Interactive Fiction Be Literature?

I don’t often think about literature as such; I only think about whether I like a given book. But there is such a thing as literary fiction, and it’s not the same thing as commercial fiction. Some literature is commercially … Continue reading

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Nowhere Man

Samuel Butler’s Erewhon is one of those iconic 19th century novels that most people have heard of, but that few of us have ever bothered to read. I bought a copy years ago at a used book sale. Last month … Continue reading

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Reading: The Tooth Fairy

As part of my continuing survey of fantasy literature, this week I had a go at Graham Joyce’s novel The Tooth Fairy. I made it to page 65. By that point, there was no discernible plot, and the one fantasy … Continue reading

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