I love this writer, and the movie based on this book was pretty good, too. THE LOWDOWN Published: 1993, 250 pp. Obtained via: Jason Date started: 4.5.08 Date finished: 4.10.08 What I liked: It's another example of first-person plural narration that works really well. It also reminds me of the writearound technique magazine writers use… Continue reading Jeffrey Eugenides, “The Virgin Suicides”
I hate giving up on books. If I make it past the first page, I almost always stick with it until the end. But this week I had to give up on two that were seriously slowing me down. First: "The Hot Zone" by Kevin Sites. This dude's a war correspondent for Yahoo! and this… Continue reading Books I couldn’t finish
All the fake news that was fit to print from October 2003 to November 2004. THE LOWDOWN Published: 2005, 320 pp. Obtained via: Library Date started: 3.4.08 Date finished: 3.15.08 What I liked: All the usual stuff. What I didn't like: No complaints. What I learned: Learning?
Never read this in high school—how did that happen? THE LOWDOWN Published: 1962 edition, 246 pp. Obtained via: Library Date started: 3.2.08 Date finished: 3.8.08 What I liked: Finally being able to honestly nod in agreement when someone makes a reference to this book. But really, I liked the dystopian influences and the pacing of… Continue reading William Golding, “Lord of the Flies”
Found this "translated from the German" advance copy at work. "Love Today" is basically a more depressing, more Teutonic "Modern Love." THE LOWDOWN Published: 2008, 216 pp. Obtained via: Work Date started: 2.20.08 Date finished: 2.24.08 What I liked: Biller very effectively creates a little world in each short story, which is generally less than… Continue reading Maxim Biller, “Love Today”