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Redwood to Deadwood: Hitchhiking America Today by Colin Flaherty

Colin Flaherty’s been getting praise for his recent book White Girl Bleed a Lot, on the spate of racially motivated black-on-white hate crimes in recent years, but Redwood to Deadwood is his previous book, on a hitchhiking trip he took a couple of years ago. Naturally, this meant I had to buy it. How is it? B-O-R-I-N-G. […]

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The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss

NOTE: This article was originally published at In Mala Fide on March 28, 2011. I’m re-posting it here because I’ve taken the site off-line. I’ve replaced the text of the (inferior) review that was previously at this URL. *** I read a lot of books, around four to six a month, but I usually don’t blog about them […]

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The Archetypal Dinner Date by the Chef in Jeans

It’s common knowledge by now that dinner dates are a terrible way to get into a girl’s pants. They’re expensive, they’re slow, they’re boring and cliched, and they kill the mood by making both of you logy and tired from gorging yourselves. But what if you cook dinner for her at your place instead of […]

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The Freedom Twenty-Five Lifestyle Guide by Frost

Who here hates self-help books? Don’t be shy, raise your hand. I personally hate self-help books because of the tone. It seems to be a requirement for all self-help hucksters, from Tim Ferriss to Tony Robbins, to be annoyingly upbeat, smug and condescending. It’s not enough to simply tell me how to create a four-hour workweek, they […]

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The Exile: Sex, Drugs, and Libel in the New Russia by Mark Ames and Matt Taibbi

NOTE: This article was originally published at In Mala Fide on November 10, 2011. I’m re-posting it here because I’ve taken the site off-line. I’ve replaced the text of the (inferior) review that was previously at this URL. *** One of the Big Problems of our epoch, according to smart people, is how nobody’s reading books anymore. This […]

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The Way of Men by Jack Donovan

NOTE: This article was originally published at In Mala Fide on April 11, 2012. I’m re-posting it here because I’ve taken the site off-line. I’ve replaced the text of the (inferior) review that was previously at this URL. *** During my first semester at college, I had the misfortune of having an emo for a roommate. Everything […]

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Snow by Orhan Pamuk

I haven’t read any of Orhan Pamuk’s other novels, so I can’t judge the quality of his work, but Snow is a pretty good excursion into both the emptiness of modern life and the wretchedness of being a beta male. I don’t care for Pamuk’s postmodern trickery (for example, he inserts himself as a character near […]

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Byron in Love: A Short Daring Life by Edna O’Brien

Poetry sucks. Just admit it. Every single one of us hated reading it in school. The older stuff from the Romantic and Victorian periods isn’t so bad, but I’d rather have my fingernails removed then have to read a single line of “free verse” ever again (unless it’s by Stevens or Cummings). Byron is one […]

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BUtterfield 8 by John O’Hara

Most people have forgotten John O’Hara and this book by extension, one of his finest novels. If they do know BUtterfield 8, it’s only because of the movie based on it, and then only because Elizabeth Taylor won her first Oscar for her role in the film. O’Hara was an immensely talented novelist, referred to by […]

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Worthless: The Young Person’s Indispensable Guide to Choosing the Right Major by Aaron Clarey

This review in one sentence: Man, I wish this book was around six years ago. Aaron Clarey (aka Captain Capitalism) is on a mission to save America’s youth from throwing away their money and time on useless college majors. That’s the purpose of Worthless; educate youth as to why most majors are worthless and expose […]

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