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Mike Jones
Commentator on books, literature, fine art, music, and film; proprietor of Echidna: commentary on creative thought and expression.
Commentator on books, literature, fine art, music, and film; proprietor of Echidna: commentary on creative thought and expression.
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Book Review: Thanatophobia
White Noise by Don DeLillo My rating: 5 of 5 stars OK, so I came to this one kind of late, it was written way back in 1985 after all, quite a different world then, but I loved the spot-on irony and dead-pan humor, the sarcastic innocence of DeLillo's beleag...

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The Wolves at the Door: a review of Train Dreams by Denis Johnson
In 2007 Denis Johnson won the National Book award for his epic novel of the Vietnam War, Tree of Smoke. In 2012 his novella Train Dreams , which was originally released as a short story in a 2002 issue of the Paris Review, was one of the finalists for the P...

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The Wolves at the Door: a review of Train Dreams by Denis Johnson
In 2007 Denis Johnson won the National Book award for his epic novel of the Vietnam War, Tree of Smoke. In 2012 his novella Train Dreams , which was originally released as a short story in a 2002 issue of the Paris Review, was one of the finalists for the P...

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work in progress, I welcome comments

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Book Review: Moving Kings by Joshua Cohen
On The Shelf: A new novel by Joshua Cohen The Book of Joshua (Cohen) There is a harsh comparison drawn between Israeli veterans and American veterans in Joshua Cohen's newest novel, Moving Kings ; likewise a contrast of the divergent cultures of the allied ...

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Book Review: Outline by Rachel Cusk
Rachel Cusk   Vicarious What happens when a novelist travels from Britain to Greece to teach a week-long summer course on writing? Not a whole hell of a lot, yet this is the breadth of Rachel Cusk's Outline, the first part of a prospective a trilogy of intr...

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Book Review: The Tittering Traveler
r Sarah Vowell Sarah Vowell is a refreshing voice in Non-Fiction, specifically History. She always strives for the alternate view, inserting herself smack in the middle of these, what I would call, extended essays, many of which unfold in untrodden territor...

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Book Review: One Righteous Man: Samuel Battle and the Shattering of the Color Line in New York by Arthur Browne
Samuel J. Battle with the Honorable Fiorello LaGuardia   The Heat From Harlem   One Righteous Man, the story of Samuel Battle , the first African-American to penetrate the thick white wall of New York's finest, is the history of race relations in the Big Ap...
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