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Review: Vampires in the Lemon Grove and Other Stories, by Karen Russell

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  While I was on vacation this summer, I had the pleasure of reading Karen Russell’s first novel, Swamplandia! If you haven’t checked that book out yet, I would really recommend it: it’s alternatively hilarious and depressing, has an amazing sense of place and time, and the insistence on using the exclamation point every time the Swamplandia! park is named makes me chuckle even now. So it was with great anticipation I dug into Vampires in […]

The Resolution Project Book Forty-Four: Housekeeping (1981)

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“Since my grandmother had a little income and owned her house outright. she always took some satisfaction in thinking ahead to the time when her simple private destiny would intersect with the great public processes of law and finance – that is, to the time of her death.” (p. 27) 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 […]

The Resolution Project Book Forty-Seven: Infinite Jest (1996) – Part Three

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This is the third part of my review of Infinite Jest. Here‘s the first part, and here‘s the second part. 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 inception in 1923 to the list’s publication in 2005. I exempted myself from reading ones I’ve already read, leaving some eighty-six or so to read before […]

The Resolution Project Book Forty-Seven: Infinite Jest (1996) – Part Two

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This is the second part of my review of Infinite Jest. Here‘s the first part, and here‘s the third part. “The man tended to look up at him like people with legs look up at buildings and planes. ‘You can of course view entertainments again and again without surcease on TelEntertainment disks of storage and retrieval.’ Orin’s way of looking up as he remembered was nothing like the seated guy’s way of looking up. ‘But not the same. […]

The Resolution Project Book Forty-Seven: Infinite Jest (1996) – Part One

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“Like most North Americans of his generation, Hal tends to know way less about why he feels certain ways about the objects and pursuits he’s devoted to than he does about the objects and pursuits themselves. It’s hard to say for sure whether this is even exceptionally bad, this tendency.” (p. 54) 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 […]

The Resolution Project Book Fifteen: Blood Meridian, or the Evening Redness in the West (1985)

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“The wagons were no more than embers armatured with the blackened shapes of hoop-iron and tires, the redhot axles quaking deep within the coals. The riders squatted at the fires and boiled water and drank coffee and roasted meat and lay down to sleep among the dead.” (p. 153) 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 […]

The Resolution Project Book Twenty-Seven: Death Comes for the Archbishop (1927)

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“This Missourian, whose eye was so quick to read a landscape or a human face, could not read a printed page. He could at that time barely write his own name. Yet one felt in him a quick and discriminating intelligence. That he was illiterate was an accident; he had got ahead of books, gone where the printing-press could not follow him.” (p. 85, in reference to Kit Carson) The Resolution Project: For my New Year’s […]