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Vineland (Classic, 20th-Century, Penguin)
Thomas Pynchon
Tristes Tropiques
Claude Lévi-Strauss, Patrick Wilcken, John Weightman, Doreen Weightman
Richard III
William Shakespeare
The Dwarf
Alexandra Dick, Pär Lagerkvist
The Collected Poems of Wilfred Owen
Wilfred Owen, Cecil Day-Lewis
Labyrinths
Richard Wolin
Giotto to Dürer: Early Renaissance Painting in the National Gallery
Jill Dunkerton, Susan Foister, Dillian Gordon, Nicholas Penny
Michel Foucault: Beyond Structuralism and Hermeneutics
Hubert L. Dreyfus, Paul Rabinow
Gravity's Rainbow
Thomas Pynchon
A Gravity's Rainbow Companion: Sources and Contexts for Pynchon's Novel
Steven Weisenburger
On the Trail of the JFK Assassins: A Groundbreaking Look at America's Most Infamous Conspiracy - Dick Russell This is a superb book -- better than I ever could have imagined. The author is a journalist, not a crank or a crackpot or theorist -- and traffics in facts. He's as aware as anyone of some of the loons who populate this space. I would call particular attention to chapters 37-39. These chapters bring out clearly -- with frightening clarity and detail -- not only that everywhere you see Oswald you see the fingerprints of the CIA -- but, in fact, everywhere you look - from Clinton to Youth House to 179th St - you see the fingerprints of MKULTRA.... See my review of Jane Mayer's The Dark Side.

[A really excellent little book that includes a collection of articles written by the Matt Taibbi of the 1970's assassination circuit for the Village Voice and other assorted rags + some brief updates.

Russell is smart, has a good eye for detail, as he describes an assortment of the many assassination kooks he's run into over the years -- men like Popkin the Professor --.

There's a great little story about drinking a beer with Lawrence Howard, who many have picked (with Loran Hall) as one of the trigger men in Dallas, sitting in Howard's living room in a suburban cul-de-sac, while Howard cradled a .45 in the cushion of his chair, while his wife and daughter wandered about the house, dusting, like any lower middle-class American family... Howard seems really clueless, and charming.... and utterly believable in his denials.... Russell even finds the "second Oswald", a guy named Masen, who turns out to be a gunsmith, still living in Dallas, now 30 pounds overweight, polishing rifles for a living in the back room of a suburban hardware store. :]