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"Before you know it as the years go by, you're just like other people you have seen, with all those peculiar human ailments. Just another vehicle for temper and vanity and rashness and all the rest. Who wants it? Who needs it? These things occupy the place where a man's soul should be." -- Henderson the Rain King

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

A Fictional History of the United States

50 book challenge complete! Book #50 was A Fictional History of the United States with Huge Chunks Missing, a collection of short stories edited by T Cooper and Adam Masbach.

In theory this collection is supposed to 'capture the spirit' of Howard Zinn's wonderful A People's History of the United States by 'speaking for the voiceless' across various points in American history. In practice I found it to be a relatively ho-hum collection of stories, very loosely bound by what looked like such an interesting premise. On the bright side David Rees' hilarious 'The Waterbury' is almost worth the price of admission alone (not bad considering it's only two pages long). Also enjoyable were stories by Felicia Luna Lemus, rapper/cartoonist Keith Knight, Thomas O'Malley, and Valerie Miner.