Commonplace Book: An excerpt from “Tarantula,” Bob Dylan’s only novel

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An excerpt from “Tarantula,” Bob Dylan’s only novel.

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Black Beauties: Iconic Cars Photographed by Rene Staud, by Rene Staud @ NYJB

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“Black Beauties” by Rene Staud is “[a] stylish and intelligent discussion of the intersection of transportation, aesthetics, and meaning.”

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CCLaP Fridays: The Great Ordeal (The Aspect Emperor: Book Three), by R. Scott Bakker

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Thought experiment: George R. R. Martin is The Beatles. R. Scott Bakker is The Velvet Underground.

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The German War: A Nation Under Arms, 1939–1945, by Nicholas Stargardt @NYJB

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“The German War” is an important scholarly achievement in the field of modern German history, and it is written with an epic narrative sweep.

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After Hitler: The Last Ten Days of World War II in Europe, by Michael Jones @ NYJB

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“After Hitler” by Michael Jones is “a brilliant exploration of the final days of the European theater, valuable in its military analysis and generous use of eyewitness accounts.”

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CCLaP Fridays: The Art of Mad Max: Fury Road, by Abbie Bernstein

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This week I review the movie tie-in book “The Art of Mad Max: Fury Road,” by Abbie Bernstein. The review is shiny and chrome.

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Mondays with the Supremes: The Coming of the Nixon Court: The 1972 Term and the Transformation of Constitutional Law, by Earl M. Maltz @ NYJB

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“The Coming of the Nixon Court: The 1972 Term and the Transformation of Constitutional Law” by Earl M. Maltz investigates the gradual metamorphosis from liberal court to conservative court.

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CCLaP: Elephant Vice, by Chris Meekings

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“Elephant Vice” by Chris Meekings has the Hindu God Ganesha and Post-Impressionist firebrand Vincent van Gogh on the case.

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CCLaP Fridays: Dangerous Stories for Boys, by Christopher Bernard

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This week I review “Dangerous Stories for Boys,” by Christopher Bernard, a fascinating, but ultimately disappointing collection of short stories.

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Ezra Pound: Poet: Volume III: The Tragic Years 1939–1972, by A. David Moody @ NYJB

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“Ezra Pound: Poet: Volume III: The Tragic Years 1939–1972,” by A. David Moody chronicles Pound’s life from his Italian residency prior to the outbreak of World War II to his death.

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