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If you’re gonna make a speech in your novel, you should just make a speech!

John Scalzi recently linked to his review of Atlas Shrugged, which made me think of my own post about the book (which is, incidentally, my favorite novel). And that made me remember my major criticism of the book, which is that the final third of the book is pretty superfluous. I don’t know if you’ve […]

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I really really really like ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK

Just like everyone else in the world, I just watched the second season of Orange Is The New Black and, just like everyone else in the world, I loved it. I was a bit shocked by just how much I liked it. I think there’s the kind of liking when you read or watch something and […]

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Wrap-Up Season 2011: Surprisingly Good Books, part two

The Jungle by Upton Sinclair – This is the novel about Chicago’s meat-packing industry that put the nation into such an uproar over how their meat was prepared (at one point it implies that when workers fall into the renderer and die, their meat is just be added into the sausage) that the government created […]

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You know how we got taught in elementary school that Native Americans used every part of the Buffalo? Well early 20th century industrial food processors were good at that too.

From Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle  “No tiniest particle of organic matter was wasted in Durham’s. Out of the horns of the cattle they made combs, buttons, hairpins, and imitation ivory; out of the shinbones and other big bones they cut knife and toothbrush handles, and mouthpieces for pipes; out of the hoofs they cut hairpins […]

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