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I found this interesting. FICTION 1. Susann, The Love Machine 2. Roth, Portnoy’s Complaint 3. Puzo, The Godfather 4. Nabokov, Ada 5. Crichton, The Andromeda Strain 6. Davis, The Pretenders 7. Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five 8. Macdonald, The Goodbye Look 9. Woiwode, What I’m Going to Do, I Think 10. West, Except for Me and Thee NONFICTION […]

Roth

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On November 9, 2012
Philip Roth, the greatest American writer of his era, claims to have retired. In the end, this might be a good thing, assuming he really retires. While his 90s and early 2000s resurgence was brilliant, his last novels were, uh, not very good. I had a couple of hours to kill in a library this […]

Dunham

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On October 11, 2012

Ta-Nehisi Coates is correct. The attacks on Lena Dunham as the ultimate purveyor of white privilege in the arts are utterly bizarre. This isn’t to say Dunham doesn’t benefit from white pri

This fall, I am teaching graduate students for the first time. I am teaching our senior capstone course, which graduate students can sign up for. My course in on the history of the American West. Usually 1 or 2 graduate students sign up, but I have 6 for whatever reason–my charming personality no doubt. So […]

Scalia and the Reactionary Mind

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On October 20, 2011
I promised to say more about Corey Robin’s assessment of Antonin Scalia in The Reactionary Mind, some of which is excerpted here. Before I get to that, I should say that it’s an excellent book I strongly recommend. And one initial complaint notwithstanding, the Ayn Rand chapter (“St. Petersburg in revolt gave us Vladimir Nabokov, […]
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