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Anthony Miller

3 List-Obsessed Books

“Examining lists means playing with the re-creation of history.” —Peter Greenaway 1. Lost in the Grooves: Scram’s Capricious Guide to the Music You Missed, edited by Kim Cooper and David Smay (Routledge) This illuminating A-Z guide from Los Angeles–based Scram magazine endeavors “to nudge the canon so that lost records......

3 List-Obsessed Books

“Examining lists means playing with the re-creation of history.” —Peter Greenaway 1. Lost in the Grooves: Scram’s Capricious Guide to the Music You Missed, edited by Kim Cooper and David Smay (Routledge) This illuminating A-Z guide from Los Angeles–based Scram magazine endeavors “to nudge the canon so that lost records......
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Scavengers

Following the death of his son in a high school shooting, Neil Downs travels from New York City to New Delhi. Transformed from trauma doctor to bereaved wanderer, Downs encounters others seeking acceptance and transcendence in the wake of their own personal losses. Among them is Holocaust survivor and bilious......
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Ethiopian Dreams

Elias Wondimu is no stranger to committing himself, taking risks and addressing difficult truths. Born in 1973 in Addis Ababa, Wondimu worked as a journalist and activist until he was threatened with political retribution. After coming to the U.S. for a conference in 1994, he decided to stay. “You are......

10 Great Profiles

Here are the best 10 portraits of the politicians, performers and provocateurs, living and dead, published in the newspapers and magazines of the past year: Steve Erickson on George W. Bush, "George Bush and the Treacherous Country," L.A. Weekly (February 13). The American nomad turns traitor in a personal and......

5 List Obsessed Books

5. Created In Darkness By Troubled Americans: The Best of McSweeney’s Humor Category, edited by Dave Eggers, Kevin Shay, Lee Epstein, John Warner and Suzanne Kleid (Knopf). This collection of short comic pieces from McSweeney’s magazine and Web site features such lists as "The Ten Worst Films of All Time,......
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Surreal States of Mind

David Ohle’s 1972 cult novel Motorman has been acknowledged as an underground primer by such experimental authors as Ben Marcus, who wrote the introduction to the new 2004 reprint, and Shelley Jackson. The exuberantly surreal narrative defies synopsis. Introduced with an epigraph from the vertiginous artist M.C. Escher, the novel......
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Magic, Meteorites and Mysterious Mammoths

Illustration by William Simpson Mike Davis has brooded over the secret sociopolitics and cultural history of Los Angeles in his essential and inescapable City of Quartz. He has meditated on the myriad ways our metropolis might meet its doom in Ecology of Fear. To imagine a young adult novel written......

Top 5 List-Obsessed Books of 2003

5. Naïve. Super, by Erlend Loe, translated from the Norwegian by Tor Ketil Solberg (Canongate). After losing a croquet match, a 25-year-old abandons his university studies and relinquishes his books and television. Housesitting for his brother, he ruminates on time and starts making lists. His lists, whether of people he......
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Dangerous Visionary

Photo by Heungman Samuel R. Delany is an author so multifaceted in his identity that he navigates, with equal grace, the disparate worlds of academic conferences and comic-book conventions. As a black, gay science-fiction writer, Delany spans both highbrow literature and underground culture — as comfortable discussing poststructuralism and semiotics......
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