All posts tagged: 1970s

Review: The Invisible Bridge, by Rick Perlstein (2014)

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Musical Accompaniment: “Underdogs” by Liz, feat. RiFF RAFF Rick Perlstein’s fantastic Invisible Bridge picks up where his equally excellent Nixonland left off: as the skullduggery and intrigue surrounding Watergate begins to bubble up through the surface of the American imagination, leaving terror in its wake. It ends with an event that I, ignorant Canadian, knew next to nothing about: the 1976 Republican National Convention, which saw the incumbent president Gerald Ford go head to head with the […]

Review: Of Dice and Men: The Story of Dungeons and Dragons and the People Who Play It, by David Ewalt (2013)

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Musical Accompaniment: “Ready to Roll”, by Flashlight Brown I’m not entirely sure for which audience David Ewalt’s Of Dice and Men was written. Is the book intended to be picked up by absolute newcomers to the concept of Dungeons and Dragons, or tabletop roleplaying altogether? Is it supposed to be of interest to people who already play, but are interested in the story of the game’s creation? Or is it for readers interested in a memoir of a […]

Review: Zeroville, by Steve Erickson (2007)

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Musical Accompaniment: “The Right Profile”, by The Clash: I feel like I’ve been reading a lot of novels about the movies and Hollywood lately, and with the exception of Marisha Pessl’s Night Film they’ve all been pretty stellar. I even re-read Theodore Roszak’s Flicker after being so disappointed by Pessl’s book, and was pretty pleased to see that it still held up after all these years. Based on a recommendation I picked up Steve Erickson’s […]

The Resolution Project Book Thirty-One: Dog Soldiers (1974)

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“‘All summer these people sweat fire, all winter they sweat the floods. Shit creeps out of the night under those sundecks, and they know it.’ He was shouting at her over the wind and the engine. ‘Fucking L.A., man – go out for a Sunday spin, you’re a short hair from the dawn of creation.'” (p. 164 Kindle version) The Resolution Project: For my New Year’s resolution this year (that being 2011), I decided to try […]

The Resolution Project Book Thirty-Two: Falconer (1977)

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“He seemed, in prison, to be a traveler and he had traveled in enough strange countries to recognize this keen alienation. It was the sense that on waking before dawn, everything, beginning with the dream from which he had waked, was alien. He had dreamed in another language and felt on waking the texture and smell of strange bedclothes. He bathed in strange and rusty water, wiped his ass on strange and barbarous toilet paper […]

The Resolution Project Book Thirty: Deliverance (1970)

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“What I thought about mainly was that I was in a place where none – or almost none – of my daily ways of living my life would work; there was no habit I could call on. Is this freedom? I wondered.” (p. 93) The Resolution Project: For my New Year’s resolution this year (that being 2011), I decided to try and read all one hundred of the novels picked by Time Magazine as the best since their […]

The Resolution Project Book Seven: Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret (1970)

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What can I say about this book, really? It was very short, and mostly about stuff I couldn’t really relate to much. Definitely a lot more cheerful than the last book I read, that’s for sure (American Pastoral, for those of you keeping track at home). Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume It has actually taken far more time for me to figure out what to say about this book than […]