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William S. Burroughs and Me

Every college kid my age read and was influenced by Beat literature in the 60’s.  After all, it was Lawrence, Kansas and everybody opposed the war in Vietnam, everybody smoked dope, and everybody was having a good time.  I came across “Naked Lunch” in a…

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Art as Therapy by Alain de Botton, John Armstrong

de Botton, Alain; Armstrong, John.  Art as Therapy, Phaidon Press Ltd., London and New York, 2013 (239pp. $39.95) At the turn of the 20th century an Arts and Crafts movement, born in England as a response to the ailments of the Industrial Revolution and its…

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The Unwinding By George Packer

Packer, George, The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York, 2013 (430pp. $27) The unwinding of the Old America has taken forty years or so, seemingly stable structures firmly in place by 1960 which produced prosperity and economic…

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Oil and Honey: The Education of an Unlikely Activist by Bill McKibben

    McKibben, Bill.  Oil and Honey: The Education of an Unlikely Activist, Times Books (Henry Holt and Company), New York, 2013 (272pp. $26). Independent science confirms that human-caused global warming is real.  There is reason to believe that a warming climate could have dire…

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2 new book reviews: Wyatt Earp: A Vigilante Life & Shot All to Hell: Jesse James

Isenberg, Andrew, Wyatt Earp: A Vigilante Life, Hill and Wang (Farrar Strauss and Giroux), New York 2013 (296 pp. $30) Gardner, Mark Lee, Shot All to Hell: Jesse James, The Northfield Raid, and the Wild West’s Greatest Escape, William Morrow (Harper Collins), New York, 2013…

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The Best Book Ever Written About Raymond Chandler

Once you’ve read everything written by Raymond Chandler twice or three times a sense of melancholy intrudes.  You wish there were more but there isn’t. There are a number of fine works about Chandler, including the distinguished biography written in 1976 by Frank McShane, and…

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