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The Museum of Hoaxes
March 5, 2007 · No Comment

It ends up serving as a comment on human nature, really.

Murder Among The Rich and Famous
March 5, 2007 · No Comment

Some of the writing is clumsy, but it suits the vintage style of the material and isn't distracting. A quick read, and particularly hilarious on the Tarnower murder. (9/30/03)

Motherless Brooklyn
March 5, 2007 · No Comment

It's very good, but do you ever find yourself reading a sex scene and wondering why — like, that there's some rule of fiction stating that any novel for grown-ups has to have some sex …

March 5, 2007 · No Comment

It's a book about the endless rewriting of Up Close and Personal, which is one of the weakest and most pointless Hollywood-product movies I've seen from the last ten years, so it's cool to hear …

March 5, 2007 · No Comment

Excellent read for fans of the contemporary game and/or of Bill James; the writing really purrs along (it could have stood better proofreading, though).

A Million Little Pieces
March 5, 2007 · One Comment

I actually finished this days ago, but I've been avoiding writing it up here, because…where to begin, really, with this whole <a href="" target="_blank">flapdoodle</a>. The story begins, for me, months ago, when I was on …

McCarthy's Bar
March 5, 2007 · No Comment

It's very funny, and skillfully avoids a pitfall common to travel writing, namely that the diction starts to repeat itself after a while. Hilarious bits about tourists in Killarney and the non-bird that flew up …

Little Girls in Pretty Boxes
March 5, 2007 · No Comment

It's a book about, basically, how shitty it is to try to make the Olympics as a gymnast or figure skater and what a giant psychopath Bela Karolyi is. Good stuff — a little repetitive …

Leopold and Loeb: The Crime of the Century
March 5, 2007 · No Comment

Eh. Too much detail in spots, not enough in others. It's a reissue of a twenty-year-old edition, and a certain creakiness pervades the prose; the book isn't interesting enough to make it worthwhile (i.e. what …

Left Hooks, Right Crosses
March 5, 2007 · No Comment

It's really a very good book; I just had problems with putting it down and then for some reason not wanting to pick it back up again, but I'd recommend it for a well-chosen cross …