THE PLOT AGAINST AMERICA – PHILIP ROTH

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When a writer of Philip Roth’s caliber takes a break from greatness, his work is still good enough to satisfy.

DOWNFALL

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The end of madness.

WHAT’S THE MATTER WITH KANSAS – THOMAS FRANK

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To me and you, it is incredible! W was in Skull & Bones!!! But somehow, to the denizens of the “red states,” Bush Jr. is one of them.

A HEARTBREAKING WORK OF STAGGERING GENIUS – DAVID EGGERS

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None of the above.

FURY – SALMAN RUSHDIE

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The master of the infinite entendre.

8 ½

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“I really have nothing to say, but I want to say it all the same.”

NO ONE’S EVEN BLEEDING

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The kids Lenny describes — ignorant, rude, self-righteous, violent, and contemptuous of all authority — are universal of course…

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN – LIONEL SHRIVER

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I instinctively admire people who admit to hating their children…

EMPEROR OF THE NORTH POLE

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Ernest Borgnine beats a hobo in the head with a hammer, causing said hobo to fall from the train and get cut into two pieces.

FREETHINKERS – SUSAN JACOBY

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It is true that many state constitutions freely mixed religion and government in the pre-Constitution days, but…