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Comment Archives: stories: Books

Re: “Love Is Not Constantly Wondering if You Are Making the Biggest Mistake of Your Life

Very unique and fascinating book. I thought the Choose Your Adventure aspect was more ironic symbolically since all the decisions seemed futile against the power of alcoholism. However I still agree that the ultimate choice was between staying and going.

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Posted by sueno on 11/10/2011 at 12:17 PM

Re: “Love Is Not Constantly Wondering if You Are Making the Biggest Mistake of Your Life

I read this, and found it to be quite moving and well-done. And the art is awesome - the whole thing totally looks like a CYOA.

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Posted by ROM on 11/10/2011 at 10:50 AM

Re: “DIY Plumbing, Facials, and Terrariums


Posted by Graham on 11/04/2011 at 1:43 PM

Re: “The Way of the Nerd


Posted by Graham on 11/03/2011 at 12:38 PM

Re: “Enslavement and Liberation

My favorite thing to know about artists is "how they pay the rent." I know that Blankets was hugely successful. But was it enough to keep him afloat for six years straight while he made Habibi? Or does he also have to have a side job (or was he doing regular freelance work, like the Menomena art)?
Petty questions... but I'm just curious!

Posted by ROM on 11/02/2011 at 5:23 PM

Re: “Love and Marriage

Jane Austen was Regency!


I thought the book was very careful and Madeleine bordered on precious. I feel like the difference between Austen's privileged characters, and Eugenides, is that Austen always gave them a bit of a spine. If they were simpering layabouts then they weren't the protagonists. I felt there were moments when Madeleine was that. She was just a bit too soft to play the lead. Maybe she needed a bit of Flannery O'Conner (Southern Gothic!) added to her.

Posted by melissalion on 11/02/2011 at 1:46 PM

Re: “Love and Marriage

Jane Austen wasn't a Victorian!

Posted by sikandro on 10/15/2011 at 1:25 PM

Re: “Enslavement and Liberation

Bless him.

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Posted by KateRhoades on 09/23/2011 at 6:51 PM

Re: “The Uprise Books Project

This is amazing, really looking forward to seeing this project come to life!

Posted by Social Worker NYC on 09/22/2011 at 8:24 AM

Re: “Self-Publishing from Phnom Penh

Does she know that the Khmer Rouge were just about the fiercest anti-capitalists around?

Posted by D on 09/20/2011 at 12:13 PM

Re: “Jitters, Caffeine, and Otherwise

It does have the bullet hole story - unfortunately it doesn't have the bullet hole. It would be cool to shoot my comp copies... in fact, I think I'm going to do that today. It's just a .22 - I can open the book to that 8 page story and shoot them in my basement. If you come to my art show that opens next month I should have shot copies - baring an accident.

I've lived in portland over 12 years...

(I love this review BTW - thank you!)

Posted by wheeler on 09/15/2011 at 3:52 PM

Re: “Jitters, Caffeine, and Otherwise

By some chance, does this include that brilliant "bullet issue?"

And if so, how the hell does that work?

Posted by Earnest "Nex" Cavalli on 09/14/2011 at 7:28 PM

Re: “Cockablock

oooo finally a look inside the sexual imagination of middle-aged heterosexuals.

That said, the next time I stub my toe, it's totally "MOTHERFUCKING COCKBRISKET"

Posted by Commenty Colin on 08/24/2011 at 9:35 PM

Re: “Stuff White People Like

Latins are not white please.

Posted by s. parham on 08/14/2011 at 9:26 AM

Re: “Comics Corner

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Posted by michelle216 on 07/26/2011 at 7:52 PM

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

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