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The Cannibal Cop's Raw Deal. Gil Valle is the Cannibal Cop.

The Cannibal Cop's Raw Deal.

He used to be a member of New York Cities finest until his wife caught him messing around on a website called Dark Fetish Network, where Gil and other users used to spend their evenings fantasizing about how they wanted to kidnap and eat a whole bunch of women. This blew her mind, and she ended up going to the FBI. Three potential starting points for reading Thomas Pynchon – Biblioklept. Today is Pynchon in Public Day, so here are three books that I think may make good entry points for those interested in, but perhaps unnecessarily daunted by, Thomas Pynchon.

Three potential starting points for reading Thomas Pynchon – Biblioklept

People who read The Handmaid’s Tale think it could never happen here — but it already did. Elizabeth Moss as Offred in Hulu's upcoming adaptation of The Handmaid's Tale.

People who read The Handmaid’s Tale think it could never happen here — but it already did

(Photo courtesy of Hulu) Theconversation. Patience by Daniel Clowes review – a deeply affecting graphic novel. Would you go anywhere near a book described on its back cover as “a cosmic timewarp deathtrip to the primordial infinite of everlasting love”?

Patience by Daniel Clowes review – a deeply affecting graphic novel

Yet, while it may have its tongue firmly in its cheek, the blurb is not an inaccurate precis of Daniel Clowes’s latest graphic novel. The book opens in 2012, with its eponymous heroine discovering that she is pregnant. Patience, who thinks of herself as a “white-trash piece of shit”, has had a rough life, marked by abuse, neglect, poverty. Her relationship with Jack Barlow, the only man who has ever been nice to her, and the pregnancy, are her lifelines. I’m definitely not this kind of girl. I watched Girls.

I’m definitely not this kind of girl

It all seemed a bit reminiscent of the structured reality show, Made In Chelsea. A bunch of girls, talking about boys, and boys, talking about girls, falling out and making up, while not bothering –oh so hilariously – to get an actual job. Dunham freshens up the mix with her own body (a revelation to many because it is normal sized rather than undernourished), a unique style mantra (of ‘things I might wear if I worked in a bowling alley’ and ‘shorts that are too small for me’), and forensically detailed shag marathons that look so little pleasurable (to the female involved) that you can see why they appeal to aesthetes of the female experience, such as AA Gill.

Yet if Random House paid, say, Binky Felstead $3.7million to write an advice book about being a ‘young woman’ for young women who are (presumably) totally mystified as to how to be a young woman, you might assume that someone, somewhere would snort: ‘You have got to be fucking kidding me.’ Selections from One-Star Amazon Reviews of David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest – Biblioklept. [Ed. note: I usually don’t preface these one-star Amazon selection riffs with much, other than to note the occasion for the post.

Selections from One-Star Amazon Reviews of David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest – Biblioklept

In this case, the occasion is my coming to the end of a second reading of Pynchon’s novel Gravity’s Rainbow, a novel that is very much about the military-industrial-entertainment complex. And so well anyway, I keep thinking about Infinite Jest, which I have not read in full since 2002, but plan to reread later this summer. I expected Pynchon to show up a few times in the one-star reviews, but he’s present throughout, often obliquely referenced. Otherwise, the one-star reviews are typical: Rants against academia, “literary elites,” etc. We Make Money Not Art. Future War, by Christopher Coker, Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

We Make Money Not Art

It’s on amazon UK and USA Publisher Polity writes: Will tomorrow’s wars be dominated by autonomous drones, land robots and warriors wired into a cybernetic network which can read their thoughts? Will war be fought with greater or lesser humanity? Will it be played out in cyberspace and further afield in Low Earth Orbit?

Rowan Williams - Grace Notes. Good people make us feel uncomfortable; they remind us that practising consistent generosity and selflessness isn’t nearly as impossible as we like to think.

Rowan Williams - Grace Notes

And so it is not at all surprising that we try our best to find ways of softening the embarrassment, looking eagerly for hypocrisy, inconsistency, mixed motivation or reductive explanations. Larissa MacFarquhar’s excellent book is, among other things, a bracingly sceptical examination of our scepticism. As well as giving us a series of vivid portraits of spectacularly altruistic individuals (and families), she offers a sketchy but highly intelligent overview of the various ways in which we set out to diminish those we like to call ‘do-gooders’, and concludes that these evasions won’t do: the hard question remains. The freewheeling Percy Shelley.

In the week I first read the Poetical Essay on the Existing State of Things — the long lost poem of Percy Bysshe Shelley — the tune on loop in my head was that of a less distant protest song, Masters of War.

The freewheeling Percy Shelley

In 1963, unable to bear the escalating loss of American youth in Vietnam, the 22-year-old Bob Dylan sang out against those faceless profiteers of war: “I hope that you die and your death will come soon, I’ll follow your casket on a pale afternoon…” In 1811, when the impact of war abroad had become as unbearably visible as it had for Dylan, Shelley too was driven to wish death upon those murderous men behind desks: “May that destruction, which ’tis thine to spread, / Descend with ten-fold fury on thy head.” 100 Best Books for Men. UPDATE 2/10/2015: We figured the best way to decide the 100 best books for men was to imagine ourselves as audience members: What did we want to read?

100 Best Books for Men

The answer we discovered was simply something we’ll enjoy. 10 Books That Will Change How You Think Forever. Sometimes it’s a lecture. Sometimes it’s a particular teacher’s words. Sometimes it’s a lesson from a parent or a friend, or even a life experience that explodes your conception of what’s possible in the world or what’s possible in you. And sometimes it’s a book (or ten) that changes how you think forever. To live is to learn, and to read is to learn fast from the experience of others. At HighExistence, we’re pretty into non-fiction books. Lady Macbeth on Capitol Hill. Describing her role as the ambitious political wife Claire Underwood in the American TV series House of Cards, Robin Wright recognized she is “Lady Macbeth to [Francis] Underwood’s Macbeth.”

At one point in the second series, Claire emboldens her wavering husband: “Trying’s not enough, Francis. I’ve done what I had to do. 5 Most Underappreciated Crime Writers. 1. Christianna Brand A true competitor to Agatha Christie and Dorothy L. Sayers in the late Golden Age of the British fair-play school of detective fiction, Inspector Cockrill’s too-few cases are masterpieces of pure detection. RECOMMENDED READS: Green for Danger and Fog of Doubt. The Bourne Identity - The Baffler. A hundred years ago, Randolph Bourne was a hot property—an intellectual wunderkind who was taking the American intellectual scene by storm.

Bourne was the complete package: brilliant, charismatic, filled with social energy, and exquisitely attuned to the moment. Bourne’s essays appeared in leading periodicals like The Atlantic, The Dial, and The New Republic back when magazines set the American political and cultural agenda. The Good, the Bad, and the Weird. 'I, the Jury' — Mickey Spillane's Hard-Boiled Debut. Judith Miller's Comeback. So I read disgraced former New York Times reporter Judith Miller's new book, The Story. 25 Best Books on Self-Improvement You Need to Read Before You Die. The Internet has destroyed human civilization! America’s greatest writer finally weighs in. The supreme weirdness of Miranda July: How her debut novel gives “effortless” new meaning.

The narrator of Miranda July’s debut novel, “The First Bad Man” is a strange, ostensibly mousy middle-aged woman named Cheryl. David Cronenberg on The Metamorphosis. David Foster Wallace’s importance of being earnest: Irony, Generation X and the sheer joy of language. Author William Gibson takes on the end of the future in ‘The Peripheral’ 10 Science Fiction Authors Whose Books Just Kept Getting Stranger. I would add Orson Scott Card to this list (keeping his personal and political views out of my love for his books). Lew Archer. Shakespeare’s Genius Is Nonsense - Issue 18: Genius. Philip Marlowe in The Big Sleep. Essential Jeremiads: 16 Cultural Critiques Every Man Should Read. Walter Scott was no bland tartan romantic, he was dumbed down. Classic Authors Who Suck, According To Other Classic Authors (INFOGRAPHIC) Why isn’t there a Neil deGrasse Tyson for the humanities? We blame Camille Paglia. This is the best thing about the New York Times Book Review.

The twisted mind of “Ender’s Game” Everyone Is Self-Deluded But Me. Harold bloom on the visionary in cormac mccarthy’s blood meridian and all the pretty horses. The Evening Redness in the West - gnosticism and mccarthy's blood meridian. Kitchen Time Machine: A Culinary Romp Through Soviet History : The Salt. Storytelling: How do you ensure characters in fictional writing have unique "voices" and don't all sound the same. Changing The Creepy Guy Narrative — The greatest literary takedowns of all time. "Rape in Berlin: Reconsidering the Criminalisation of Rape in the International Law of Armed Conflict" [2008] MelbJlIntLaw 3; (2008) 9(1) Melbourne Journal of International Law 78. Rereading: The Spy Who Came in from the Cold by John le Carré.

The Way of the Knife: The CIA, a Secret Army, and a War at the Ends of the Earth. Julian Assange: The Internet threatens civilization. Duffel Blog Readers Confused, Angered By Non-Humorous Article. Missing Out: On The Uses Of Dissatisfaction. Meet the Flannery O’Connor of the Internet age. Dick. ‘Saul Steinberg,’ a Biography by Deirdre Bair. Tyranny of the happy ending. Death of an American original. Kurt Vonnegut term paper assignment from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. The Way of Men: An Anarchist Perspective. David Foster Wallace, mathematician. M.I.A. and Pharrell Williams Each Have Books by Rizzoli. Rewrite Thomas Friedman's Syria Column, Win a Free Hand Grenade. Reading on a Kindle is not the same as reading a book. James Ellroy and David Peace in conversation. What Can You Really Know? by Freeman Dyson. Damned Good Poet: Kenneth Fearing. Who is Mo Yan, anyway?

Graphic Canon vol. 2: Literary Comics from Lewis Carroll to the Brontë Sisters by Way of Darwin. New Breed of Hunter Shoots, Eats and Writes. Chloe Schama Reviews Gillian Flynn's "Gone Girl" And Tana French's "Broken Harbor" I know why Bret Easton Ellis hates David Foster Wallace. Zone One by Colson Whitehead – review.