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  • True Grit
    A really excellent book. I read it when I was a teenager and am so glad to have read it again.
  • The Truth About the Drug Companies: How They Deceive Us and What to Do About It
    Marcia Angell wrote a really excellent piece in the New York Review of Books that led me to open this, and, well, I sort of wish I just read the article.
  • The Magicians
    Didn't love the beginning, but am so glad I stuck with this one. I may even read the sequel. . .
  • A Visit from the Goon Squad
    Finally read it. Hard to imagine how beautiful a powerpoint presentation could be, but it was the highlight of the book.
  • Chronic City
    Loved it. But, then again, I'm a sucker for satirical, sort of post-apocalyptic magic realism with a dash of paranoic conspiracy theory—especially if you set it in New York City.
  • A Gate at the Stairs
  • The Charterhouse of Parma
    Sorry, Stendhal. After both this and The Red and the Black, I'm sort of done with you.
  • Big Machine
    A fun, quick, crazy story that maybe falls apart a bit at the end, but is worth the ride.
  • Homage to Catalonia
    Felt a little like high school homework to me, but a (sometimes) gripping account of the Spanish Civil War. My bookgroup really loved it, though, so give it a try.
  • Await Your Reply
    Creepy, good, with some fun twists and turns. Really liked it.


  • Radiolab
    Best enjoyed with no distractions.
  • Filmspotting
    Film criticism. The best part is "massacre theatre."
  • Slate Political Gabfest
    Can't make it through the week without Emily Bazelon and David Plotz. Oh, and John Dickerson.
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