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One of Us: On ‘Hyperbole and a Half’ and Chicago Bears Mediocrity

By Adam Boretz 1. I think Yona’s piece from earlier this week hit upon two key aspects of Hyperbole and a Half. In that post, she wrote: [Allie] Brosh, unlike any writer I’ve read in a long time, doesn’t seem particularly concerned with extracting any deep meaning from her childhood to reveal the meaning of present […]

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Book Extras: ‘The Argonauts’

As we all spend the week reading Maggie Nelson’s The Argonauts, here are some great reviews and pieces about the book from The New York Times, Guardian, and Bookforum. And be sure to check back later this week for FBC’s take on Hyperbole and a Half — and next week, when we’ll be talking about […]

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My Life in Ruins and Whacky Childhoods: The Highlights Reel

By Yona Harvey 1. Cartoonist Allie Brosh and novelist Steven Millhauser immerse readers in the warped worlds of children. But after that, Brosh’s Hyperbole and a Half and Millhauser’s Edwin Millhouse part ways. At no point does Brosh declare herself a precocious genius or claim to tell a genius tale. Quite the opposite: “I was […]

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Unhealthy Attachments: On the 49ers, Piles of Bodies, and ‘Edwin Mullhouse’

By Ryan Joe I watched the final drive of the San Francisco 49ers game against the New York Giants. The one where the 49ers are winning until Eli Manning looking all slack-jawed flings a last-second touchdown. My mood is surprisingly dark right now. You know what else is surprisingly dark? Edwin Mullhouse by Steven Millhauser. […]

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The Crimes of the Biographer Jeffrey Cartwright: Conspiracy Theories and ‘Edwin Mullhouse’

By Adam Boretz After finishing Edwin Mullhouse, I initially thought I would write about Steven Millhauser’s amazing depictions of childhood – the games and comics and bike rides and adventures of two young boys in late-1940s and early-1950s Connecticut. However, the more I thought about the book, the more I became confused about – and […]

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Book 4: Steven Millhauser’s ‘Edwin Mullhouse’

This week, Football Book Club will be reading Steven Millhauser’s Edwin Mullhouse: The Life and Death of an American Writer 1943-1954 by Jeffrey Cartwright and talking about Lawrence Wright’s Going Clear — and the sadness of life without the NFL. Pulitzer Prize-winner Millhausuer’s debut novel operates as a biography of the late Mullhouse — the fictional […]

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