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Air Guitar by Dave Hickey
Air Guitar by Dave Hickey
I'm not even sure how I ended up reading this collection of essays by Dave Hickey but it was a good, sort of random encounter. But let me first set things straight, Air Guitar is, officially, a collection of Essays on Art and Democracy, but I like better how Hickey himself defines his intentions: `I write love songs for people who live in a democracy. Some of them follow.' The writer goes even further in the opening essay, explaining that this is:
'An odd sort of memoir; a memoir without tears, without despair of exaltation--a memoir purged of those time-stopping exclamation points that punctuate all our lives.'

In case you are wondering--and I was wondering--what the… Read more
Caribou Island by David Vann
Caribou Island by David Vann
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
David Vann, in Caribou Island, displays emotions and human behaviors through actions in a way I've never seen before. Often it seems the writer merely reports what the characters do and the situations they find themselves in, but there's always a great emotional impact associated with any of those actions. Take for instance this simple passage:
'We have to get this load out to the island, he yelled back, and then he pulled another log, so Irene followed, though she knew she was being punished. Gary could never do this directly. He relied on the rain, the wind, the apparent necessity of the project. It would be a day of punishment. He would follow it, extend it for hours, drive them… Read more
Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect S&hellip by Atul Gawande
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Human Complications, 31 July 2011
Gawande is basically a machine. One of those perfect being that I find hard to relate with. Surgeon, researcher, writer. Excellent at everything. I admire him, but we don't have anything in common, the excellence factor especially. But Gawande is a smart fellow outside of the OR too. He knows he isn't a random person and that people will obviously look at him with some degree of suspicion. So he does a good job at portraying himself as a common anyone featuring details of his internship period. Whether true or not, all those little struggles that get mentioned make you like him a bit more. Almost to the point that would make you think `we kind of are similar in a way'. Wrong, and yet,… Read more