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Comment Archives: stories: Books

Re: “Dirty Deeds

Wow. Great to see nonfiction in the Merc review mix. But I'm waiting for the world to loot Oregon.

Posted by R on 07/21/2011 at 9:35 AM

Re: “Unpacking Filter

Glad you liked the essay, Alison. Thanks!

Posted by elissa on 07/20/2011 at 11:21 PM

Re: “Floating in Space

I may read the book... but I love the Spiritualized referance.

Posted by frankieb on 07/12/2011 at 11:21 AM

Re: “Hard-Knock Life

Much about Peter Hoffmeister's beautifully written book reminded me of The Lord of the Flies. OK, there were grownups in his life but, with one stellar exception when he was in high school, they only made his life more painful, both physically and emotionally. I recognize that child - angry, frightened, brilliant, resourceful and beleaguered. There are so many of us whose childhoods were like haunted houses, who will recognize in Hoffmeister's unsentimental prose the rage and bewilderment at a world that refuses to meet his most basic needs.

Posted by muddyknees on 06/30/2011 at 5:12 PM

Re: “My Half-Year of Lady Memoirs

So, why only six months? SAD? Reaching the limits of human tolerance for solipsism?

Not that I'm claiming I could do it...

Posted by Spike on 06/27/2011 at 2:23 PM

Re: “My Half-Year of Lady Memoirs

I'm torn:

1. Right before I complain about something, I'm the first person to add the caveat that almost everyone has it worse than me.

2. I think less of those who don't seem to feel that way, but that's admittedly likely because they simply haven't added the caveat.

3. Still, I'm increasingly irritated that everyone that I know (and now much that I read) adds the caveat. I guess I feel like there's a line between seeing a problem as minor in it's true context, and reflexively dismissing all such problems as "problems."

I feel like this article crossed the line into dismissiveness. I just don't believe that just because some people have it way better than others materially/culturally and in other ways that their problems become invalid complaints, since everyone's differing levels of dissatisfaction evidences a humanity that seems to be common across all circumstances.

And yet. I certainly read stuff and have the same eyeroll as Melissa does: "oh, you've got some real problems there, rich white lady."

I think this ambivalence classifies me as a "knob."

Posted by Commenty Colin on 06/25/2011 at 9:18 AM

Re: “My Half-Year of Lady Memoirs

The problems of most people can be read as trivial if you approach them with contempt.

Posted by Caroline M. on 06/24/2011 at 9:54 AM

Re: “My Half-Year of Lady Memoirs

Great! Thank you Melissa Lion for giving me some books to load into my Nook that I'm getting for my birthday! Also don't tell anyone that I know I'm getting a Nook for my birthday.

Posted by Crissy on 06/24/2011 at 8:50 AM

Re: “My Half-Year of Lady Memoirs

So the only one you liked was by the famous person.

Posted by well how about that on 06/24/2011 at 8:46 AM

Re: “My Half-Year of Lady Memoirs

I'm with Graham. Tina should knock off the "I'm fat and unattractive" bit. It's like a handicap technique to make others feel comfortable. She needs to embrace she's rad!

Posted by Chava on 06/23/2011 at 6:01 PM

Re: “My Half-Year of Lady Memoirs

That was wonderful. Do more of these.

Posted by rich bachelor on 06/23/2011 at 12:48 PM

Re: “My Half-Year of Lady Memoirs

Fey's schtick about being unattractive and fat is boring and she needs to knock it off.

Posted by Graham on 06/23/2011 at 9:29 AM

Re: “ Not Natural

Here's the book trailer:

Posted by PerfectDay on 06/16/2011 at 12:20 PM

Re: “Disaster Porn

That is an awesome book cover.
I'd give this a shot. Nothing like some good short stories to start a summer off.

Posted by sueno on 05/22/2011 at 9:32 PM

Re: “John Scalzi: The Mercury Interview

Great interview! Thanks for including this expanded version -- it's always fun to read unexpurgated Scalzi.

Posted by HollyAnn on 05/14/2011 at 4:08 PM

Re: “Patrick Rothfuss: The Mercury Interview

I have to agree with Thlayli: I almost can't even come to terms with the fact that the third book will be the last. It's quite obvious that Kvothe's pre-Waystone story will take the entire length of the book to finish, but I am desperate to see Kvothe after he tells his story. I need for this great character to find redemption at the end, and I'd rather it wasn't "Well, now that I've told my story, I can be legitimately happy staying an innkeeper". But, with the first-person style used in these books, it would be difficult to transition to a "present" story. Still...I could weep for the story that I fear will never be told.

Posted by Dan on 05/05/2011 at 12:34 PM

Re: “Twincest

@Commenty Colin. If nobody else will say it, I will. Commentaire brillant et hilarant de la semaine.

Posted by Ron_PDX on 04/22/2011 at 5:40 PM

Re: “Twincest

Oh yeah, totally. How they long to be in each others arms?

My review was originally like four times this long. There's so much to say!

Posted by Alison Hallett on 04/22/2011 at 1:51 PM

Re: “Twincest

What about the weird, weird creepy longing Lizzie and Jess have for each other? I thought that was what you meant by "twincest". Tell me that is what you meant by "twincest" please.

Because that is what I think you meant*.

*Francine Pascal type repetitive prose.

Posted by kiala on 04/22/2011 at 1:22 PM

Re: “Twincest

The fact that she's a theater critic actually feels really weird and dated and is clearly directly related to the fact that Francine Pascal is a 72-year-old Tony voter.

Posted by Alison Hallett on 04/21/2011 at 1:12 PM

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