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Get With The Program, Son. Not.

Alternate title: Pseudo-Review: Permanent Record by Edward Snowden Get with the program. Get with the program. One more time: Get with the program, son. Countless times that was said to me growing up in my beloved & missed united mistakes of #Americant. It usually was said after I tried to talk with someone older than […]

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We Are In Hell

As stated here and there throughout worstwriter.com, I’ve been living the expat life since 1989 in a kind of daze. One of the main reason for that is, well, #Americant political conservatism manifest in the ideology of greed, can be confusing to those who are born to think free–and not the free one is told […]

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October Reading List And Missing Eyewear Nose Bridge

Superfluous post indeed, dear worst-reader. Begs only the question: what to do, what to do, what to do… in this consume-to-survive world of nothingness galore? Then again, at least I can still read. You know, read, as in, read something to expand the/my mind. It is, must be, a requirement in these days of Marvel […]

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The First Soap Opera

Title #2: maybe the founding fathers weren’t so special after all As the initial reports of the Broadway Musical Hamilton began to appear on my computer screen a few years back, I found my worst-self getting confused about whether to like it or hate it. Was it the shows immediate success that drove me to […]

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She’s A Man, Baby

  Pseudo-review: Mrya Breckenridge, the novel–not the movie! I saw the movie thirty-five (or so) years ago1. Somehow the movie stayed with me–and not only because of Raquel Welch who is, other than Rita Hayworth, the only Hollywood bombshell worth gawking at like a fifteen year old man-boy run amok with girly magazines. At the […]

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A Thread Runs Through It

Subtitle: Pseudo-Review of Loaded by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz Metaphorically worst-writing (or is it analogically) I often use the idear of a thread, as in, a thread runs through it to explain something. I can also worst-say it thus: Without this thread the whole quilt will wilt. For worst-moi and the emotions I wield for my beloved & […]

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More Greek Mythology Galore To Me

Subtitle: Or at least we now know where all the crazy comes from. While approaching the end of Mythos by Stephen Fry, I was happy (relieved?) he threw this in at the end of his retelling the story of Narcissus. Take special notice of the cynical or sarcastic asterisk. Narcissistic personality disorder and echolalia (the […]

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Everything Greek Mythology Galore

Alternative title to this worst-post: How Stephen Fry read it all so I could finally cheat-it-all and thereby get a grip on some seriously ancient literature stuff. Thank you Stephen! Question: Were you there, dear worst-edumacated-reader? You know. Were you there… while you was in college? Or was I the only one fiddling around with […]

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Books To Read Delivered Biggly

Just a little surprised at the size of the packaging for a single paperback. It also took several weeks to get here even though it was sent from a book store in Engaland. Then again, if my expectations of this read turn out to be warranted, how it got here doesn’t matter.  Rant (and read) […]

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Sizing Up Your Read

While e-book shopping the other morning I couldn’t help but notice this image. Why in the world does Bezos & Co. think it necessary to provide a size-comparison of a friggin book as part of their tech-enormity galore? Then again, considering that this corpo-giant is what it is because, well, at this state (iteration) of […]

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Narrative Non Fiction And Too Many Unnecessary Words

Actually I’m not done with it yet. In fact, after about half-way through it, I put it down last week and have been reluctant to return to it. Reason? I know most of the history already. What I was hoping for, though, was that Tom Holland would consolidate a bit. You know, cliff-note the history […]

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Feminism, Distorted Reality And Friedrich Schiller

Subtitle: Enamoured after reading Schiller’s Die Jungfrau von Orleans… In German! Note about book cover above. This is my first read of a Reclam e-book. I bought this on iBooks (2,49€) and am very pleased with how the publisher has taken the time to produce it, align it, make a joy to read on a […]

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Everything Is A Joke Until It Isn’t

Subtitle: Thoughts on re-read of Milan Kundera’s The Joke (the 1982 English translation) “Optimism is the opium of the people! A healthy atmosphere stinks of stupidity! Long live Trotsky!” -from The Joke by Milan Kundera According to Ludvik the quote above is from a postcard he sent to woman of interest as a joke. I […]

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Uncode Yourself – Before It’s Too Late

Subtitle 1: It’s Too Late! Subtitle 2: Thoughts on re-read of Milton Friedman’s Capitalism and Freedom. “The Liberal conceives of men as imperfect beings. He regards the problem of social organisation to be as much a negative problem of preventing “bad” people from doing harm as of enabling “good” people to do good; and, of […]

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Pseudo Review – 2: How Deep Do The Unpeeled Layers Of Your Rotten Onion Go?

Subtitle: “Democracy In Chains” By Nancy MacLean Goes Seriously Deep Into What Makes #Americant Stupider Not Greater. She took me deeper, dear worst-reader. This historian, this professor-type person that writes books–and she can take you deep, too. That is, if you’re at all inclined to go deep. Especially the kind of deep that involves figuring […]