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Brandy Jensen is an editor at The Outline and the writer of the advice column Ask A Fuck-Up. Her writing has appeared in Broadly, The Cut, The Baffler, and elsewhere.
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Willful Disregard
A Novel About Love
Lena Andersson - 2016-02-02 (first published in 2013)
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Winner of Sweden's most prestigious literary award, a novel about an otherwise sensible woman's descent into the obsession and delusion of unrequited love.Ester Nilsson is a sensible person in a sensible relationship. She knows what she thinks and she acts according to her principles.Until the day she is asked to give a lecture on renowned artist H...
Brandy Jensen
currently reading this and it’s incredible      source
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Einstein's Dreams
Alan Lightman - 2004-11-09 (first published in 1992)
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A modern classic, Einstein’s Dreams is a fictional collage of stories dreamed by Albert Einstein in 1905, when he worked in a patent office in Switzerland. As the defiant but sensitive young genius is creating his theory of relativity, a new conception of time, he imagines many possible worlds. In one, time is circular, so that people are fated to ...
Brandy Jensen
@lastpositivist wonderful book      source
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Walking to Martha's Vineyard
Franz Wright - 2005-04-05 (first published in 2003)
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In this radiant new collection, Franz Wright shares his regard for life in all its forms and his belief in the promise of blessing and renewal. As he watches the “Resurrection of the little apple tree outside / my window,” he shakes off his fear of mortality, concluding “what death . . . There is only / mine / or yours,– / but the world / will be f...
Brandy Jensen
the lovely and generous @MatthewSitman sent me this book of poems by Franz Wright and i’m enjoying it so much      source
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The City & The City
A Novel (Random House Reader's Circle)
China Miéville - 2010-04-27 (first published in 2009)
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Named one of the best books of the year by The Los Angeles Times, The Seattle Times, and Publishers WeeklyWhen a murdered woman is found in the city of Beszel, somewhere at the edge of Europe, it looks to be a routine case for Inspector Tyador Borlú of the Extreme Crime Squad. To investigate, Borlú must travel from the decaying Beszel to its equal,...
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@brianthehuman fantastic book      source
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The Dragon Waiting
John M. Ford - 2020-09-29 (first published in 1983)
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“The best mingling of history with historical magic that I have ever seen.”—Gene Wolfe In a snowbound inn high in the Alps, four people meet who will alter fate.A noble Byzantine mercenary . . .A female Florentine physician . . .An ageless Welsh wizard . . .And an uncanny academic.Together they will wage an intrigue-filled campaign against the migh...
Brandy Jensen
finished The Dragon Waiting last night, which is back in print after a long absence detailed here. what a tremendous book by a fascinating man      source
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Whispers Under Ground
Ben Aaronovitch - 2012-07-31
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In Tufnell Park, North London, a pair of railway tracks diver under a school, taking train to and from Kings Cross. Wet, filthy, dangerous. Lovely place. And one Sunday before Christmas a sweet (sort of) kid called Abigail took me and my long suffering colleague Lesley May down there to look for a ghost.We found one.And that was that, I thought, be...
Brandy Jensen
decided to see if this guy was right and i’ve now read the first three books in the series they’re quite fun      source
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Moon Over Soho
Ben Aaronovitch - 2011-03-01
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The song. That’s what London constable and sorcerer’s apprentice Peter Grant first notices when he examines the corpse of Cyrus Wilkins, part-time jazz drummer and full-time accountant, who dropped dead of a heart attack while playing a gig at Soho’s 606 Club. The notes of the old jazz standard are rising from the body—a sure sign that something ab...
Brandy Jensen
decided to see if this guy was right and i’ve now read the first three books in the series they’re quite fun      source
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Midnight Riot
Ben Aaronovitch - 2011-02-01
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Probationary Constable Peter Grant dreams of being a detective in London’s Metropolitan Police. Too bad his superior plans to assign him to the Case Progression Unit, where the biggest threat he’ll face is a paper cut. But Peter’s prospects change in the aftermath of a puzzling murder, when he gains exclusive information from an eyewitness who happ...
Brandy Jensen
decided to see if this guy was right and i’ve now read the first three books in the series they’re quite fun      source
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The Shadow of the Wind
Carlos Ruiz Zafón - 2005-01-31 (first published in 2001)
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Barcelona, 1945: A city slowly heals from its war wounds, and Daniel, an antiquarian book dealer's son who mourns the loss of his mother, finds solace in a mysterious book entitled The Shadow of the Wind, by one Julian Carax. But when he sets out to find the author's other works, he makes a shocking discovery: someone has been systematically destro...
Brandy Jensen
“mystery novel” doesn’t begin to capture it. a wonderful book. RIP      source
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Emma Watson
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The Half-Made World
Felix Gilman - 2011-07-19 (first published in 2010)
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A fantastical reimagining of the American West which draws its influence from steampunk, the American western tradition, and magical realismThe world is only half made. What exists has been carved out amidst a war between two rival factions: the Line, paving the world with industry and claiming its residents as slaves; and the Gun, a cult of terror...
Brandy Jensen
I’m rereading @flglmn’s The Half-Made World and it’s such a wonderful book, highly recommend      source