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Comment Archives: stories: Books

Re: “Metafictions

I respectfully disagree. I think the things you mentioned: his gift of humor, the tenderness of his relationship with his wife (and I would add, his brother-in-law), and his playfulness with form are all that needed space you're talking about to make the concept work. Sure, the concept is "meta", but he doesn't use that word in the novel, and I think his writing skills are just much more powerful than that.

Posted by Welp on 09/07/2012 at 7:40 AM

Re: “Girl Gone Wild

Hey guess what everyone! This is ONE person's opinion of this book. Just because you like it and you like the author does not mean you need to bash someones opinion...take it or leave it and move the eff on.

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by Kalii on 09/02/2012 at 11:20 AM

Re: “Metafictions

Did he do a better job with it than Italo Calvino?

Posted by rich bachelor on 08/18/2012 at 4:57 PM

Re: “Meet Portland's "Street Librarian"

Hi Alison Hallett, I was just wondering how you liked the books if you read them? It was at Skidmore fountain a month ago about. I thought it was the 12th & it was the 13th last month. if you did read any and want to reply please send to
Laura Sue & Redd please read also. Thank You for your time. Jeff Andow

Posted by J Andow on 08/15/2012 at 6:06 PM

Re: “Girl Gone Wild




16 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Commenty Colin on 08/13/2012 at 12:12 PM

Re: “Girl Gone Wild

@margaretg, that first comment is incredibly mean-spirited. I responded in a way that made me feel better. Try signing your name to things you write on the internet, you might find it changes your opinion of how anonymous shot-takers deserve to be treated.

@everyone else: It's entirely possible that I'm on the wrong side of history here. So it goes. But for the record, I dislike writing negative reviews, particularly of local writers (particularly of local writers whose past work I admire, as is the case here), and I did in fact put a lot of time and thought into this review, knowing that it would be subject to exactly this sort of criticism.

I said what I want to say about the book already, so I probably won't say too much more in this thread—I just didn't want my only contribution here to be a bitchy response to a mean comment. Carry on.

19 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Alison Hallett on 08/12/2012 at 7:02 PM

Re: “Girl Gone Wild

I would suggest to Allison to consider, at least, the legitimate use of farce as a construct to pull off serious cultural criticism. By poking fun and using outrageous exaggertion as a device, farce is a viable form of serious literature. I fully own that I don't have degree in literature and I am not of academia. I just know to look further when someone like Yuknavitch writes. She is deliberate and an expert at weaving multiple meanings into her work that teach, inform and transform the reader without knowing they are being transformed until after its all over. I am trying to reserve my own snark, because I want my observations to be taken seriously, but really? It must be either arrogance or some external factor that shrugged this review into existence, because I can not believe there was any serious thought that went into this. I hope these comments on this review are actually helpful to you, Allison, and you consider a deeper, more informed look at the books you review in the future.
With compassion,
Domi J. Shoemaker

7 likes, 9 dislikes
Posted by Domi J Shoemaker on 08/11/2012 at 9:21 PM

Re: “Girl Gone Wild

I wasn't talking about the author of Dora, I was talking about the author of the article.

6 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by margaretg on 08/11/2012 at 5:15 PM

Re: “Girl Gone Wild

@MargaretG Sorry, hun, but I can guarantee you that the author of Dora didn't write the above "snarky quip." I can't guarantee that another very well respected, female Portland author didn't write it however. It's a small town.

9 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by DibbsMcG on 08/11/2012 at 3:58 PM

Re: “Girl Gone Wild

Dear merc book reviewer Alison Hallett,

Please figure out a way to review books against a canon that extends beyond what limited personal collections decorate your coffee tables, like, maybe, non YA books, for a start- Dora transcends genres. Your review suggests a typically Portland contrarianism embellished by sloppy journalism. Did you read the introduction? The Chronology? These materials might rebut some of your misinformed assertations. Also, if books about teenhood make you uncomfortable, maybe you should ask yourself why....

11 likes, 10 dislikes
Posted by Nicole Lynch on 08/11/2012 at 2:58 PM

Re: “Girl Gone Wild

Just going to put my two cents in: it really irritates me when a valid and well thought out response to something like a book review is answered by the author with nothing but a snarky quip. If you're going to put your opinion of a work of literature out in the public eye, you can at least be receptive to the criticism of others who likely feel very passionate about the piece of work you just passed judgment on. Be a little more mature and I think you will see improved results.

8 likes, 17 dislikes
Posted by margaretg on 08/11/2012 at 2:56 PM

Re: “Love Is Not Constantly Wondering Which Star Trek Alien Is Your Favorite

Non-Portlanders could order them through the Reading Frenzy website, or through

Posted by caustic on 08/10/2012 at 1:25 PM

Re: “Love Is Not Constantly Wondering Which Star Trek Alien Is Your Favorite

Is there a way for non-Portlanders to read these?

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Alyx on 08/10/2012 at 12:59 PM

Re: “Love Is Not Constantly Wondering Which Star Trek Alien Is Your Favorite

I tried to buy it on iTunes books, but no luck

Posted by iceprez on 08/10/2012 at 12:33 PM

Re: “Girl Gone Wild

actually i'm on salary.

17 likes, 17 dislikes
Posted by Alison Hallett on 08/10/2012 at 11:19 AM

Re: “Love Is Not Constantly Wondering Which Star Trek Alien Is Your Favorite

Thanks everyone!! I'm going to try to make the book release at Back Space to pick up some copies :)

Posted by HayleyFreakinRules on 08/10/2012 at 9:41 AM

Re: “Love Is Not Constantly Wondering Which Star Trek Alien Is Your Favorite

Check Bridge City, too. I got my copies from there a few months ago.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by TSW on 08/09/2012 at 8:58 PM

Re: “Girl Gone Wild

Perhaps this "recontextualization" IS actually addressing Freud. Gosh, that's what it seems like. Though you may be paid by the insipid word, you could have just written:
My teen years were uncomfortable, I still cringe at my own insecurity and I wish I was a writer instead of a pathetic gatekeeper.

16 likes, 20 dislikes
Posted by Jansco on 08/09/2012 at 7:33 PM

Re: “Love Is Not Constantly Wondering Which Star Trek Alien Is Your Favorite

Zach is dreamy. I just started watching Golden Girls, mostly so i can read Miami, You've Got Style.

Posted by hollyrene on 08/09/2012 at 12:18 PM

Re: “Love Is Not Constantly Wondering Which Star Trek Alien Is Your Favorite

Wow, the "Love Is Not Constantly Wondering" Book is now a bestseller at Powell's. Nice work, Zachary.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by sueno on 08/09/2012 at 12:03 PM

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