113 — Who Moved My Cheese?

We’re not trapped in a maze with you, Who Moved My Cheese?—you’re trapped in here with us! After some more or less satisfying mysteries, we’re returning to the self-help / motivational genre, with 1998’s mystifyingly world-conquering clip art for the soul extravaganza, supposedly based on a story previously immensely successful business-book writer Spencer Johnson used […]

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109 — The President Is Missing

“The president is missing,” you say? “Christ, I wish!” Sorry, that’s not what this book is about, though. This episode drops the bucket down into the ever-reliable well of James Patterson and when we pull it back up we find that it’s also got a few viscous droplets of ol’ Bill Clinton mixed in. In […]

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108 — Palo Alto

We continue our trip around the world by following Amsterdam with a jaunt to Palo Alto, or anyway James Franco’s grimdark version of Palo Alto. If you’re still thrilled every time somebody says “Hi kids! Do you like violence?” this book may contain the pages you’ve been waiting for. If Sammy Hagar singing “you’re like […]

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104 — Mazes and Monsters

Straight out of 1979, with a cool glass of white wine and an extremely wide collar, comes Rona Jaffe’s disturbingly fictionalized account of a disturbing apocryphal tale, Mazes and Monsters. What promises to be a stirring exploration of the dangers of role-playing games quickly pivots into a fairly detailed account of … divorce being hard. […]

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