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Two Bibliovores Review the Year’s Obsessions

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John Brisker and I are standing in a small, one-room library. The room is filled with all the books the two of us have read in 2017, along with a beautiful coffee barista standing in the corner next to an espresso machine whose curling steam makes her look like a genie. An array of fragile chinoiserie lines the walls. I feel struck by a sense of vertigo and grab Brisker by the shoulder. “Is...

The Portland Book Review’s Take on Chimera

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Outside of Amazon, this is the first official review of Chimera. It’s always fascinating for a writer to see his work critiqued by an impartial observer. With no context and no connection to the book’s creator, the reviewer can only judge the book on its own merits and nothing else. The author and reviewer are strangers to one another, and only the book speaks between them. I like...

Four Golden Book-Bytes from the Braid

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If you’re ever in downtown Salt Lake City with some serious book-reading blues, drop by Golden Braid Books (151 south/500 east on the grid) and pay me a visit. Chances are I’ll be chillin’, maybe giving someone an aura reading, maybe finding another collection of Native American poetry to bury my nose in, maybe even writing a pithy limerick on my third cup of coffee. (This is a...

Guest Post: A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James

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(It is with pure delight that I present to you the latest bookish musings of our correspondent John Brisker, following his recent mental pilgrimage to Jamaica. Good thing TSA can’t frisk us after we figuratively enter and leave a Caribbean country, right John? –JM)   “-There’s a program after the peace concert. A plan, call it an agenda. -What kind of agenda? -You...

Mark Weisbrot’s Critique of Neoliberal Policy

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It’s always amazed me how the thorny issue of international finance is often skirted in our conventional parlor-talk. There seems to be an unsaid rule by which we all pretend that the pieces on the political checkerboard are self-directed, by which we agree not to discuss the big hands that move them. I’ll give you an analogy. Say there’s a big soccer game coming up–if you...

The Genius of Dostoyevsky’s “The Idiot”

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I have a friend who just returned from Moscow. She’s one of those special people who spreads light around the world with her music and unprejudiced open-heartedness. In fact, when my girlfriend and I were saying good-bye to Chiang Mai three months ago, she arrived that weekend expressly to give us a farewell concert, and it was magical. In Moscow, however, it was different. She experienced...

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