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ISTHMUS ANNUAL BOOK SECTION NOT ONLY HATES ME BUT SUCKS

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ISTHMUS ANNUAL BOOK SECTION NOT ONLY HATES ME BUT SUCKS

Postby Lily » Tue Dec 18, 2007 7:24 pm

Isthmus: Let blunt do the book review.

If we want what's popular across the U.S. we can read the NY times review or log on to the Madison Public Library web pages.

If you want reading suggestions that are truly unique, interesting, innovative and not quite mainstream, check out the books blunt has recommended.

This in no way is a crack against NY times or our wonderful public library or any books listed among the former. I refer to both resources frequently for reading materials. But it is an endorsement for blunt as someone who can point out interesting literature that may not be featured elsewhere.

And I wasn't even paid to say that.
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Postby blunt » Tue Dec 18, 2007 7:50 pm

:shock:
Wow.
You have given me the courage and impetus to continue reading and blabbing about it.
(but Isthmus will never hire me for anything, being a critical gadfly in their ointment and all.)
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Postby rrnate » Sat Jan 05, 2008 9:29 pm

I'm way late to this conversation, but I'd also second a blunt book review here and there in the Isthmus - I've read a few of the books he's suggested here over the last few years and they've all been really good.
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Postby blunt » Sun Jan 06, 2008 5:39 pm

Thanks!
I've been holding back all my latest, getting ready to leave this forum and all.
I would say tell it to the Isthmus editors, but they don't listen.
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Postby blunt » Fri Jan 11, 2008 8:45 pm

For Lily and rrnate and all you lurking lovers, I will dump the rest of my recent book recommendations here before I leave the Forum.
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Postby TheBookPolice » Fri Jan 11, 2008 10:37 pm

COUGHsheppyCOUGH
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Postby blunt » Sat Jan 12, 2008 12:09 pm

Book: what is up your ass all of a sudden?
I have been nothing but your towel-snappin bud and now you turn on your master?
WTF?
And I don't even know what COUGHsheppyCOUGH means.
You started out on the forum a bit shaky but now you've grown and are doing pretty good.
Why ruin it all now by locking horns with me?
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Postby TheBookPolice » Sat Jan 12, 2008 2:54 pm

blunt wrote:Book: what is up your ass all of a sudden?

Well, you, not to put too fine a point on it.

My Sheppy post here actually was a joke, but in the context of our larger disagreement, I suppose it was a poor choice.

I'm just wondering if you actually are planning on leaving the Forum, or if you're just having a laugh with all of this stuff lately.

(even more than usual, that is)
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Postby blunt » Mon Jan 14, 2008 6:42 pm

TheBookPolice wrote:
blunt wrote:Book: what is up your ass all of a sudden?

Well, you, not to put too fine a point on it.

My Sheppy post here actually was a joke, but in the context of our larger disagreement, I suppose it was a poor choice.

I'm just wondering if you actually are planning on leaving the Forum, or if you're just having a laugh with all of this stuff lately.

(even more than usual, that is)


I've been very fragile lately.
Like a baby bird I can be easily crushed.
I was a boy with a dream, like some Dutch kid chasing a red balloon.
I truly thought that if I tried hard enough, and was funny enough, and insightful enough, and Madison-savvy enough, and helpful enough, and creative enough, and pro-Isthmus enough, they would give me a shot.
But no.
If I was an editor, rather than swiping ideas from Forons, I would be handpicking promising ones:
You, for instance, , Marvell, nevermore, aaron, Henry Vilas, etc.
But my brittle ego seems unappreciated and my huge amounts of time spent sharing stuff on TDP seems to be wasted.
So yes, soon, I'll disappear down the hole after white rabbit. And Chuck.
Look for us all at our new newspaper for alienated Forons called The Foroner.
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Postby TheBookPolice » Mon Jan 14, 2008 7:27 pm

Well, now I feel bad for being indignant.
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Postby Meph » Tue Jan 15, 2008 5:11 pm

I picked up "Them" and "The Devil's Picnic" today based on Blunt's review. Excited to read them both.
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Postby TheBookPolice » Fri Apr 04, 2008 10:40 am

blunt wrote:The Devil's Picnic by Taras Grescoe
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I'm into the chapter on bull's balls, and I have to say that the subject matter is fascinating. The author....well, he leaves something to be desired.

He couldn't possibly be more anti-American. And I don't mean anti-America, in the sense of being opposed to FDA/USDA import policies (although he's that, too). I mean anti-American, like you and me. His jabs at everyday non-New Yorkers are as unrelenting as they are absurd.

It is without any trace of irony that he includes the bemoanings of an old French fromager, who complains that Americans need to stop thinking about the French as bereted and hip-deep in manure, in the same chapter that the same Frenchman ridicules the cultural traditions of farewell and greeting of the Japanese.

Understood that this book was published in 2006, but I was around in 2006, and I didn't know anyone then who felt that way about the French. And Grescoe's assertion that "Middle America" (aka the part between the two coasts) prefers their cheese canned and bacon-flavored is just fucking insulting.

But the food talk is interesting.
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Postby blunt » Fri Apr 04, 2008 11:00 am

Huh.
I really didn't feel such a poopy diaper vibe.
Of course, I had also been wallowing in the likes of Fran Lebowitz, Joe Queenan, and David Rakoff at eh same time--so acerbic sardonic slash and burn was the new light hearted anecdote.
But I thought the author's tone was smart and sharp.
And I saw ruthless international veracity instead of anti-American.
There still dry-erase boards in Dane County that you can still see the faded words FREEDOM FRIES.
And it's true I don't like my cheese canned--I prefer it in a cute little plastic tub.

But I'm glad you like food.
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