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Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls
March 5, 2007 – 2:15 AM | Comments Off on Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls

It's fascinating, and maddening, and disheartening, but very good, especially if you lived through girl-on-girl bullying yourself (which, who didn't). Some of Simmons's terminology is a little new-agey for my taste, but that's a minor …

October Men
March 5, 2007 – 2:14 AM | Comments Off on October Men

I seem to remember enjoying Kahn's baseball writing in the past — I know I read The Boys of Summer years ago — but this one is too fond of itself by half and goes …

NYPD: Stories of Survival from the World's Toughest Beat
March 5, 2007 – 2:14 AM | Comments Off on NYPD: Stories of Survival from the World's Toughest Beat

Can someone explain to me, please, how it is that pieces which previously appeared in reputable publications with copy editors then wind up riddled with typos in a compilation? Argh. It's really hard for me …

Note Found in a Bottle
March 5, 2007 – 2:12 AM | Comments Off on Note Found in a Bottle

It's a really good, fast read; the directness of the prose reminds me of Hemingway's A Moveable Feast, and also of Joan Didion, but it's less mannered than either of those two. A lot of …

Nobody's Perfect
March 5, 2007 – 2:10 AM | Comments Off on Nobody's Perfect

Really wonderful work by Anthony Lane; the movie reviews are top-notch, the book section is chewy but not too dense, and the piece on the bestseller list circa 1994 made me giggle out loud at …

Nine Innings
March 5, 2007 – 2:10 AM | Comments Off on Nine Innings

Okrent's diction gets a little high for the subject sometimes, but it's very accessible, and because it's about a single game in 1982, all these baseball names from my childhood keep popping up and making …

My Pet Virus: The True Story of a Rebel Without a Cure
March 5, 2007 – 2:09 AM | Comments Off on My Pet Virus: The True Story of a Rebel Without a Cure

It's really good; EW gave it a B+, but I think that's low. It's really funny and a fast read. Shawn's full tour schedule is <a href="http://blog.myspace.com/mypetvirus" target="_blank">here</a>. Tell him Sars sent you and you …

The Museum of Hoaxes
March 5, 2007 – 2:09 AM | Comments Off on The Museum of Hoaxes

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

Murder Among The Rich and Famous
March 5, 2007 – 2:09 AM | Comments Off on Murder Among The Rich and Famous

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 – 2:08 AM | Comments Off on Motherless Brooklyn

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 …