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Five Books I’d Read

in which the author discusses five books he'd read, if time permitted.

1. Monsters in the Movies, by John Landis.
Around my house in the 1980s, John Landis was known 1) as the weird bearded guy who was talking when Michael Jackson wasn't talking in the making of "Thriller," which we owned on VHS; and 2) as [...]

Five Books I’d Read

in which the author discusses five books he'd read, if time permitted.

1. Go the Fuck to Sleep, by Adam Mansbach.
Being a parent is hard. Sometimes, you and your kid get invited to a rooftop barbecue at a 20-something's posh condo only to find that the only way to get to the rooftop is to drag [...]

Five Books I’d Read

in which the author discusses five books he'd read, if time permitted.

1. Since When Is Fran Drescher Jewish?: Dubbing Stereotypes in The Nanny, The Simpsons, and The Sopranos, by Chiara Francesca Ferrari.
I had a (Jewish) friend in college who looked liked Fran Drescher. She didn't look look like Fran Drescher in a...how to put this...a [...]

Five Books I’d Read

in which the author discusses five book's he'd read, if time permitted.

1. Zombie Spaceship Wasteland: A Book by Patton Oswalt, by Patton Oswalt.
In the late 1980s, I was obsessed with stand-up comedy. This was when MTV aired a full hour of MTV Half-Hour Comedy Hour every weekday night, the Dana Carvey/Mike Myers SNL cast was [...]

Five Books I’d Read

in which the author discusses five books he'd read, if time permitted.

1. They Live, by Jonathan Lethem, edited by Sean Howe.
In sum: Because I love books by well-regarded novelists about John Carpenter movies starring Rowdy Roddy Piper, I'ma run to the bookstore to buy this sh*t. If the bookstore's not open, I'ma break the glass [...]

Five Books I’d Read

in which the author discusses five books he'd read, if time permitted.

1. Decoded, by Jay-Z.
I was never a huge Jay-Z fan, but I was also never into Transformers, milk chocolate, G.I. Joe, chocolate ice cream, "E.T.," chocolate sundaes, James Joyce, chocolate donuts, post-Keith Morris Black Flag, Three Muskateers candy bars, the Beach Boys, chocolate fudge, [...]

Five Books I’d Read

in which the author discusses five books he'd read, if time permitted.

1. What Was The Hipster?: A Sociological Investigation, by Mark Greif et. al.
Does a sociological investigation that purports to challenge the cultural currency of a bankrupt archetype merely, by sheer fact of its existence, reinforce, reify, and extend that archetype's shelf-life? I don't know, [...]

Five Books I’d Read

in which the author discussed five books he'd read, if time permitted.

1. Typhus, by Jean-Paul Sartre, translated by Chris Turner.
Ah, Sartre...that dour existentialist Frenchman who taught so many disaffected American teenagers to stare out of windows during their (very boring) 11th grade chemistry classes and, though they may never have been to Europe and may [...]

Five Books I’d Read

In which the author discusses five books he'd read, had he not been snowed in playing $5 + $0.50 no-limit sit-and-go tournaments at fulttiltpoker.com.

1. The Great Ocean Conveyor: Discovering the Trigger for Abrupt Climate Change, by Wally Broecker
Dear Scientists: Please, please, please decide once and for all whether global warming is real. Now, I know [...]

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