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The Joys and Perils of Math Rock: On Rush, Guns N’ Roses, and ‘Speak’

By Adam Boretz Let us begin our discussion of Louisa Hall’s Speak by quoting Ryan Henry Joe: Here’s my fucking problem though: Individually, each subplot is a drag. The narratives work well only as pieces of a puzzle, and the character arcs really overextend themselves. Yeah, okay, Mary misses her dead, soulless dog and is […]

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Shit Needs to Go Down: On AI, Speech Technology, and ‘Speak’

By Ryan Joe 1. When your team sucks, there inevitably comes a point when you treat the season as a curiosity, like a mutated animal floating in a jar of formaldehyde. How did this happen to you? (Owner abuse.) Was there any chance that you would have lived? (No.) What does the future hold for […]

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Book 9: Elizabeth Kolbert’s ‘The Sixth Extinction’

This week, Football Book Club is reading Elizabeth Kolbert’s bestselling The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History — and posting about Speak by Louisa Hall. In The Sixth Extinction, which won the Pulitzer Prize and was one of The New York Times Book Review‘s 10 Best Books of the Year, Kolbert explains how we — the human race — have dramatically altered […]

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Lighting Up: On Maggie Nelson’s ‘The Argonauts’

By Adam Boretz Maggie Nelson’s The Argonauts — a work of “autotheory” and a memoir of sorts — pretty much destroyed me. I loved the fragmentary, mosaic storytelling — which Dan described in his great post from earlier in the week — but more than that, I loved the way Nelson’s prose affected me. While reading The Argonauts, I […]

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The Freedom Inside White Space: On ‘The Argonauts’ and Being a Jets Fan in Manhattan

By Dan Bjork 1. So, I made it through the first real test of my FBC: I did not watch Jets-Patriots. This is the first rivalry game I’ve missed since the late ’80s and Ken O’Brien. According to my Facebook feed, we lost “in the most Jets-y-est way possible.” But I don’t know what these […]

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A House Party Full of Strangers: On Maggie Nelson’s ‘The Argonauts’

By Ryan Joe Maggie Nelson’s The Argonauts gets its title from the ship the Argo, which was replaced piece by piece over a long voyage – as described by Roland Barthes – until it was both the same ship and an entirely new one. This is not unlike how the 49ers, a few years removed […]

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Bye Week

It’s Bye Week, y’all!  And that means that the NFL/Football Book Club Season is almost half over. And while we’re not reading a new book this week — everybody’s busy resting, getting cortisone injections for nagging injuries, and bemoaning their teams’ records (expect Rob, and maybe Dan) — we’re still posting about titles we’ve read this season. So […]

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Book Extras: ‘Speak’

If you’re digging this week’s book — Speak by Louisa Hall — here are two reviews of the novel, one from The New York Times and one from NPR. Plus, check out the below author interview with Hall from All Things Considered: Naturally, it goes without saying, dear reader, that you should check in with […]

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Book 7: Louisa Hall’s ‘Speak’

This week, Football Book Club is excited to be reading Louisa Hall’s novel Speak — and even more excited to be weighing in on Maggie Nelson’s The Argonauts. For those of you keeping score at home: Will we be watching the NFL? No. Are we happy about this state of affairs? No. Would it be nice if […]

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The Shame in Thinking You’re Simply Soft: On the Paradox of Other People in ‘Hyperbole and a Half’

By Dan Bjork This week was tough for me. My S.O.P. for these entries — extremely close readings and (attempts at) abstract subtext analysis — wasn’t really an option. Everything in Hyperbole and a Half is presented with a single-entendre straightness I admire. I’m truly digging its blog-roots (the word blog being used without any […]

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