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Browsing Archive: December, 2010

The lives of the noble grecians and romans who made the national lampoon insanely great

Posted by Jeff Markowitz on Monday, December 27, 2010,
We got two feet of snow overnight, so today has been a good day for reading.  Actually, first it was a good day for digging out from under two feet of snow, but once that was finished, it has been a good day for reading.  I've been exploring two books, similar in many ways, both collections of biographical essays and drawings, of wondrous men (and perhaps, an occasional woman).

After a while though (that is to say, after I poured the first whiskey) I am finding it hard to keep the two books st...
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Go, Mutants!

Posted by Jeff Markowitz on Wednesday, December 15, 2010,
There have been many books that have captured the angst of adolescence, the horror of high school, but Larry Doyle truly puts the alien in alienation in his new book Go, Mutants!

Go, Mutants! is set in the early 1970s, in Manhattan High School.  Imagine your typical high school, with a twist.  You see, Larry Doyle has imagined an earth with a very different history (and yet somehow, an earth that seems oh so familiar) an earth that was set on an altogether different path on October 3, 1951.  ...
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Another Book List

Posted by Jeff Markowitz on Wednesday, December 1, 2010,
I've already blogged about the "best" books published in 2010, but with all the book lists popping up online, I'm inclined to broaden my list to include books that I've read this year (regardless of when the books were originally published).  This is certainly not a complete list, but here are a few titles that provided some of my favorite reads this year.

Manhood for Amateurs (2009) by Michael Chabon
Chabon examines "the pleasures and regrets of a husband, father, and son."  These are wonderfu...
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