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Bright Lights, Big City by Jay McInerney
Bright Lights, Big City by Jay McInerney
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
It's difficult to write about what Bright Lights, Big City is REALLY about without giving away a major plot point, so I won't. But I'm incredulous that no one yet seems to have made the comparison with J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye. The protagonist here is essentially an updated, older Holden Caulfield in an updated, older New York. In the same way that Allie's death was really the key to what was happening in Catcher, a past event that isn't mentioned until the last quarter of Bright Lights is even more so the key to understanding the book.

This novel has been woefully mischaracterised as an ode to the high-life 1980s, probably due to its ill-advised title. It's not… Read more
Afflicted Powers: Capital and Spectacle in a New A&hellip by Retort
1 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Plagiarism! Avoid!, 19 Oct 2009
This book has been widely publicised to be largely comprised of text, concepts, methods and ideas plagiarised wholesale from a work preceding it by several years by Nitzan and Bichler. To read about the controversy for yourself, just google "The Scientist and the Church". Please do not buy this book as to do so would be to support the theft of academic endeavour.
Understanding Electricty ~ Official Secrets Act
Understanding Electricty ~ Official Secrets Act
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I first saw Official Secrets Act supporting Boy Kill Boy at Christ's College May Ball in Cambridge, and from that moment it was clear that they represented an unstoppable train steaming to the head of rock and roll. Live favourites "Snakes and Ladders" and "The Art of Being Sure" haven't made the cut (be sure to track them down), so it's all the more impressive just how mature this debut LP is. The highlight is "Victoria", a superbly judged light-hearted, dark-minded descent into antics that "We will have to tell the children... when they get back from school". Don't judge the OSA purely from lead single "The Girl from the BBC", which has punch but lacks depth, because this album as a whole… Read more

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