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A story about "The Discomfort Zone: A Personal History" — 3 years ago

Upon rereading it, the themes of Freedom are more understandable. His description of a Midwestern childhood is especially notable.

A story about "The Corrections: A Novel" — 3 years ago


Upon a rereaading, I’m fascinated by how many things Franzen anticipated about the decade to come.

Gary the banker was an especially well-drawn character, and Enid’s compulsion about Christmas, cruises, and designer drugs felt directly taken from life.

In some ways, there’s a freshness to this novel that Freedom doesn’t have. However, the construction of Freedom is more artful and the book hangs together better.

I read The Corrections more slowly the second time through and enjoyed each section thoroughly.

A story about "Sunnyvale: The Rise and Fall of a Silicon Valley Family" — 3 years ago


Reread this and it stood up after ten years.

A story about "I'm So Happy for You: A novel about best friends" — 4 years ago

The setting was interesting for the overlap in neighborhoods with my own; the ending felt contrived, but the style of the novel made it worth reading.

A story about "Young Hearts Crying (Vintage Contemporaries)" — 5 years ago


better the second time through.

A story about "The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How The War on Terror Turned into a War on American Ideals" — 5 years ago


Now, we are them.

A story about "Learning to Drive: And Other Life Stories" — 6 years ago

Read this quickly, and thought the latter part was more interesting. Pollitt’s account of her parents’ experience in the Communist Party and growing up in Brooklyn had a certain resonance that the early essays lacked.

Beautifully written, too.

A story about "Gary Benchley, Rock Star" — 6 years ago


Second time through, it’s still making me laugh.

A story about "Dreaming in Code: Two Dozen Programmers, Three Years, 4,732 Bugs, and One Quest for Transcendent Software" — 7 years ago

Silly, dated, fun — 8 years ago


Enjoyed this more than I thought I would—it was a quick two hours, and reminded me of when Salon was essential entertainment.

I didn’t realize how much the main character was modelled after Larry Ellison until I reread this.

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