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Book Review: Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell’s The Disaster Artist

The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room, the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made by Greg Sestero My rating: 3 of 5 stars A friend brought me to a screening of “The Room”, a terrible movie, this generation’s Rocky Horror … Continue reading

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Book Review: Michel Faber’s The Book of Strange New Things

The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber My rating: 4 of 5 stars Sometimes a story about a book is enough to get me to read the book itself… and a Guardian profile, describing how Faber has decided … Continue reading

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Book Review: Jack Viertal’s The Secret Life of the American Musical: How Broadway Shows Are Built

The Secret Life of the American Musical: How Broadway Shows Are Built by Jack Viertel My rating: 3 of 5 stars If you’re a fan of musicals, this is a fun book, for have you ever really stopped to ponder … Continue reading

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Book Review: Edmund White’s Inside a Pearl: My Years in Paris

Inside a Pearl: My Years in Paris by Edmund White My rating: 2 of 5 stars I bought Edmund White’s Inside a Pearl almost as a reflex action. I was at Sydney’s gay bookstore, The Bookshop Darlinghurst, and like to … Continue reading

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Book Review: Bill Hayes’s Insomniac City: New York, Oliver, and Me

Insomniac City: New York, Oliver, and Me by Bill Hayes My rating: 4 of 5 stars This would be a good book to read on any occasion but takes on more resonance if you have a connection with New York … Continue reading

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Book Review: Jonathan Galassi’s Muse

Muse by Jonathan Galassi My rating: 1 of 5 stars It is admittedly completely unfair to review this book without finishing it, and I did find Pamela Paul’s recent exhortation in the New York Times to read books you hate … Continue reading

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Book Review: Richard Siken’s Crush (Poetry)

Crush by Richard Siken My rating: 4 of 5 stars I’ve read many poetry collections in my time, and I found this quite a unique experience. I’m not one to watch a horror movie, say, to feel scared. And while … Continue reading

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Book Review: Celeste Ng’s Everything I Never Told You

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng My rating: 3 of 5 stars I don’t know whether being mixed race, of white and Asian descent, is having a moment, but with little design, the last three novels I’ve read … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Selected Stories of Mavis Gallant

The Selected Stories of Mavis Gallant by Mavis Gallant My rating: 3 of 5 stars A university lecturer named Francine Prose praised Mavis Gallant’s short stories effusively, yet precisely, in this article in the New Yorker. http://www.newyorker.com/books/page-t… This article, among … Continue reading

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Book Review: Viet Thanh Nguyen’s The Sympathizer

The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen My rating: 5 of 5 stars I told two friends that I was reading a book about a Vietnamese spy living in America after the Vietnamese war and that it was really funny, and … Continue reading

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