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    The Force by Don Winslow

    The Force by Don Winslow

    Book of the Month for July 2017

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    4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster

    4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster

    Book of the Month for February 2017

    Literature

    On Happiness, Literature and Happy Literature

    On Happiness, Literature and Happy Literature

    Everyone knows writers are depressed. As a species we are invariably portrayed as near suicidal heavy drinkers and odd, chronic overthinkers who tug at our hair, howl at the moon, and cover ourselves in proverbial ashes. The world of literary respect seems to honor this heritage by giving critical consideration and praise only to authors who possess a flair for the tragic, and who keep humanity’s dying ember held on their tongues. Happy writing is relegated to the likes of the commercially packaged, pastel drenched Nicholas Sparks or, at best, the demure Jane Austen who insists on a neat and satisfying ending. We all want our light romances to end well, but the preponderance of respected literature is dealt a much heavier hand; serious literature must be serious.

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    Magic Realism and Grappling with Fear

    Magic Realism and Grappling with Fear

    The world is hungry for magic. There is an enchantment in every recorded culture with the baffling and the unexplainable, an enduring search for whatever underlying hoodoo jives with and rearranges predictable existences. Well recorded responses to mysticism and the uncertain have ranged from stonings to developing cults to writing bestselling novels, but moderate responses to what we do not understand appear to be limited, or to not exist at all. In the realm of literature, what is confusing and, often, strange is bread and butter—the needed fodder for ideological exchange, for the development of assumption shattering introspection.

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    Speedboat by Renata Adler; following Mr Foster Wallace’s recommendation

    Speedboat by Renata Adler; following Mr Foster Wallace’s recommendation

    Reading the recommendations of established authors lets you look into the mind of an artist in a unique way; you don’t just see how they love to create, but the creations of others that they admire.

    Literature

    Make your mama shake with fear… by reading books

    Make your mama shake with fear… by reading books

    In which a professional nerd discusses why reading upsets your mother and why it’s worth doing anyway.

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