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The Occult: The Ultimate Guide for Those Who Would Walk with the Gods by Colin Wilson - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781780288468
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Published: Watkins Publishing - November 24th, 2015

A blazing account of occultism through the ages and the many bizarre people--Dunglas Home, Aleister Crowley and William Blake--who populated it, and the most intriguing book on the subject I've read. Wilson 's air of mystery prose style is well researched and packed with enough detail to keep you reading on through it's massive page count. But it's so juicy that by the end you'll wish there was more. ~ Reviewed by Alex Bell


The Vegetarian: A Novel by Han Kang - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781101906118
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Published: Hogarth - August 23rd, 2016

A dark and intimate dream into a woman's physical and emotional transformation as told by those closest to her as they struggle through suppressing and succumbing to their own haunting desires. Kang weaves a poetic, sensual story of confusion, passion, and strength. ~ Reviewed by Alex Bell


Inferno: A Poet's Novel by Eileen Myles - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781944869106
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Published: OR Books - September 13th, 2016

Like Rent? Check this one out. Myles packs so much story into these pages. Being as big a fan of poetry and the lives of poets as I am, reading this book was like a drug. Lesbianism, intense non-linear storytelling, and honest storytelling, this book is so wet it'll make you smile and blush. Eileen looks at herself from many different angles: from the highest of highs to the lowest of lows, creating a prismatic portrait of art and poverty. ~ Reviewed by Alex Bell


Evolution by Eileen Myles - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780802128508
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Published: Grove Press - September 11th, 2018

Dripping with sex, longing, and loneliness, Myles opens herself up to her readers with frank verses and a hurricane of an opener about the death of her mother—which hit me pretty hard by the end. Art is life, as they say, but as Myles illustrate: most of it isn't beautiful, except perhaps, on the page. ~ Reviewed by Alex Bell


Say Say Say: A novel by Lila Savage - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780525655923
Published: Knopf - July 9th, 2019

Savage paints a unique story of insight, as Ella, a young caregiver, begins caring for Jill, after a traumatic brain injury. Ella asks herself questions most of us might ask ourselves when growing to know and love someone. Is Jill still aware, trapped in a body she can't control? Does Jill's husband Bryn share the same feelings for Ella that Ella finds herself having? Savage poses considerable importance on what is said and unsaid, our incapacity to fully know someone, and the fear of vulnerability which drives us away from making honest human connections. ~ Reviewed by Alex Bell


Normal People: A Novel by Sally Rooney - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781984822178
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Published: Hogarth - April 16th, 2019

Normal people is ferocious, but beyond that it lives and breaths with a unique intensity. Like reading through a bolt of lightening, I felt my heart pounding away, leading me along with Rooney‘s immaculate prose into a psychological daydream, digging into each gesture and mannerism these characters make to help reveal a depth more in line with cinema than literature. To read about these characters is like reading about the secret-self we try to shadow in the corners of our minds. But Sally Rooney has lifted the veils and shepherded these fragments of personality we’ve come to shun. They feel real when you read about their mistakes and their depressions, and how for their own stupid reasons why they can't exactly express to one another how they feel. Because for the most part neither can we. I can't wait to read Rooney's other work as fast as I can get my hands on them. This is quite a remarkable achievement, and one of my new favorite books. ~ Reviewed by Alex Bell


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