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December 29, 2007


Levi Stahl

Shit! You've convinced me. Though I whinge incessantly about how there aren't enough good novels about work (especially office work--and Max Barry's Company doesn't count because, aside from a few extremely good jokes, it's not, well, good) I had been avoiding this one because the group narration seemed too hokey to be believed (to be fair, despite the solid example of The Virgin Suicides, I kept thinking of "A Rose for Emily", which, despite my healthy appreciation of Faulkner (read those Snopes novels now!), I'm willing to say is not good). Now I'm going to have to go get it first thing Monday and take it on my transcontinental flight the next day. So thank you, I guess?


Just reading that description of what a mother looks like has nearly sent me spiralling into my New Year's funk ahead of schedule.
I thought you might be interested in this blog:
The link is for a book called Drawn to Enchant which looks fantastic. Also on the blog are some fab Punch & Judy figures and a totally whackadoo Tintin comic.
Happy New Year.

Stephany Aulenback

Oh yikes, Levi, I hope you liked it. Otherwise I'll be guilty of propagating the hype.

I know, Sara, that description of a mother is very funk-inducing. I was already in mine, though, as it tends to start at the end of Christmas day for me...

Thanks for the great linkage. I'll have to explore that site.

Happy New Year to you guys!


I'm so glad you enjoyed it. It's such a smart book -- with deep and unusual insights into human behavior -- and one that can be read at several different levels. I wasn't at all surprised to learn that Ferris studied philosophy.

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