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Favorite paragraph: "The lean days of determination. That was the word for it, determination: Arturo Bandini in front of his typewriter two full days in succession, determined to succeed; but it didn't work, the longest siege of hard and fast determination in his life, and not one line done, only two words written over and over across the page, up and down, the same words: palm tree, palm tree, palm tree, a battle to the death between the palm tree and me, and the palm tree won: see it out there swaying in the blue air, creaking sweetly in the blue air. The palm tree won after two fighting days, and I crawled out of the window and sat at the foot of the tree. Time passed, a moment or two, and I slept, little brown ants carousing in the hair on my legs." - John Fante, Ask The Dust


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Hamburger America: A State-By-State Guide to 200 Great Burger Joints Cover Image
ISBN: 9780762462063
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Published: Running Press Adult - May 29th, 2018

Stone Junction Cover Image
By Jim Dodge, Thomas Pynchon (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780802135858
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Published: Grove Press - September 11th, 1998

Breaking and Entering Cover Image
ISBN: 9780394757735
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Published: Vintage - May 12th, 1988

Monograph by Chris Ware Cover Image
By Chris Ware, Ira Glass (Preface by), Francoise Mouly (Introduction by), Art Spiegelman (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780847860883
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Published: Rizzoli - October 17th, 2017

Hot Little Hands: Fiction Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812989182
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Published: Spiegel & Grau - March 7th, 2017

Fup Cover Image
ISBN: 9781597141581
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Published: Heyday Books - October 1st, 2011

Do Not Sell at Any Price: The Wild, Obsessive Hunt for the World's Rarest 78 RPM Records Cover Image
ISBN: 9781451667066
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Published: Scribner Book Company - June 9th, 2015

Patience Cover Image
ISBN: 9781606999059
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Published: Fantagraphics Books - March 21st, 2016

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Why Are You So Sad? Cover Image
ISBN: 9780142180587
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Plume Books - January 28th, 2014

A spot on crack-up of a book that is perhaps pulls something from the literary ether that Barthelme, Vonnegut, and Saunders breathed from. The absurdity and chaos of our working world distilled down to one man's effort to figure it all out by quizzing his co-workers and himself. "When was the last time you felt happy?"

Tenth of December: Stories Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812984255
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - January 7th, 2014

A Visit from the Goon Squad Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307477477
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Published: Anchor - March 22nd, 2011

A rare treat. A book that feels contemporary and classic, a novel told in short stories, a work that made me feel not only for the characters but for the beauty of the sentences, the intricacy of the structure, and even for myself. The stories often revolve around characters involved in music, rock music. Egan knows how music can effect us and place us in a certain place and time, how it conjures memories and feelings from our past - time is oppressive and consistent, truly a goon.

Pulphead: Essays Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374532901
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Published: FSG Originals - October 25th, 2011

These essays/articles are moving, funny, and smart. John Jeremiah Sullivan has that rare gift of being able to plug into the universal while exploring the personal. And exploring through articles about: Axl Rose, electrocution, christian rock, southern writers, and other intriguing worlds. 

Selected Stories (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780679767305
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Published: Vintage - December 4th, 1995

Heartbreaking tales of contemporary life so masterfully told that I am surprised no one has brought this author to my attention before. I am reminded of some of my favorite short story writers like Raymond Carver, Richard Yates, and John Cheever. Dubus is someone that understands how a moment can shape a lifetime and expresses it with an uncanny insight.

The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar Cover Image
ISBN: 9780141304700
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Published: Puffin Books - May 1st, 2000

I've been reading some the Roald Dahl stories that I either skipped when I was younger or just want to read again. One of the all time great stories that has stuck with me since I read it when I was a single digit is the The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar. In this bit of meta-fiction Roald Dahl has been asked to tell the story of playboy turned philanthropist Henry Sugar. Henry then tells us the story of his mentor, a man that has learned the art of seeing through solid objects. Maybe one of my first exposures to mutating the real and the make believe and the power of genre bending.

The Letters of Mina Harker (Library of American Fiction) Cover Image
By Dodie Bellamy, Dennis Cooper (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9780299206741
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Published: University of Wisconsin Press - September 27th, 2004

My favorite book by my favorite author. A wonderful and strange experiment that takes place in the slash between real/fiction.

The End of Vandalism Cover Image
ISBN: 9780802142702
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Published: Grove Press - June 2nd, 2006

Animal Planet: Revised Edition with a New Afterword by the Author Cover Image
ISBN: 9781532852336
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - April 20th, 2016

The Annotated Alice: 150th Anniversary Deluxe Edition (Annotated Books) Cover Image
By Lewis Carroll, Martin Gardner (Editor), John Tenniel (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780393245431
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 5th, 2015