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Marc Spitz

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Twee:  The Gentle Revolution in Music, Books, Television, Fashion and Film

Chapter after chapter of tedious name-checking does nothing to explain what. happened? to generations Y and beyond: Why so lazy, occasionally?  Too often frightened, entitled and basking in “whimsy” and yesterdays?

Why the emotional need for escape, and “throwback”?

No answers here.

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Charles Belfoure

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The Paris Architect

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At first, the quaint, time-capsule setting and ‘life during wartime’ talk of rations, betrayal, cowardice, Third Reich/Vichy, Resistance and Occupation commanded attention…

The more I sped through the 364-page book, though, the more ‘off’ and out of place some of these depictions, and especially, the book’s unfortunate dialogue, began to feel.

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Gary Shteyngart

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Absurdistan

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For every ‘Too much (or What the hell??) is going on here’, there was a balancing insight or satirical ‘Touché’ which kept me plugging along to the end of the ride; in fact, made me return to Absurdistan, after giving up the journey twice.

In the end, I’m glad I saw it through.

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Junot Díaz 

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The Brief, Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

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… a powerful book about tragedy, fortitude, luck and destiny… and in the end, freedom.

To choose what’s inevitable.

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Let the Baby Name Itself

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Twee: The Gentle Revolution in Music, Books, Television, Fashion, and FilmTwee: The Gentle Revolution in Music, Books, Television, Fashion, and Film by Marc Spitz

I’d been confused about this “movement” for some time – The sometimes lazy, often fearful, hyper-emotional misfits demanding the coddling of their helicoptered childhoods to continue well past sell-by dates, into their collective twenties and thirties.

A weird skinny lumberjack beard or two later, these (wo)men-children have been, somewhat insultingly, labeled “Twee”…

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Vitruvius

The Ten Books of Architecture

Not only a book about “architecture”, per se, but a fascinating glimpse into the full scope of city planning, function, design, form and construction which comprise human dwelling. As picture perfect a time (and place) capsule as de Tocqueville, Proust, Joyce, Dostoevsky or Kerouac, the fundamental principles and observations of Vitruvius‘ time (and place) apply today – wherever humans of a civilization dwell together.

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Paulo Coelho

Aleph

I continue to be confounded by the cult of P.C.  His dumbing down and sound-biting of spiritual beliefs across various cultures — his appropriation of these, and regurgitation of defining tenets into (sound)bite-sized pablum and boring, obvious homilies — grows more and more off-putting with each publication.

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Tobias Wolff

This Boy’s Life

Like Arundhati Roy in The God of Small Things, and like Kerouac before them, Tobias Wolff in a way reinvents the language, developing a cadence and certain words and phrasings that become uniquely, identifiably his.  None of the deft flow, though, detracts from the power of this memoir …

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Donald Fagen

Eminent Hipsters

Expecting something vaguely Lennon-esque, going in (along the lines of In His Own Write, perhaps) … or alternately (worst-case scenario), some combination of Bob Dylan’s Tarantula and a crap Steely Dan song (and yes, there are those) … I was pleasantly surprised by several more or less straight-ahead nods to the ’eminent hipsters’ in Don’s early domain …

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Good Reads (and Meh)!

. . .  s o  f a r .

While admittedly not an “avid” reader, I read a little … plus, I know what sounds right, I’m not tone deaf and I know what’s ‘in key’ (though I’ll never be there!) …

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