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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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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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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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Funny as Hell: On Hyperbole and a Half

By Ryan Joe I was thrilled to read Allie Brosh’s Hyperbole and a Half because finally, finally, I found out where all those memes are coming from. Though I go through a lot of comics, I rarely do so online. It’s hard for me to read for pleasure through a screen. Of course, I use […]

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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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Book 6: Maggie Nelson’s ‘The Argonauts’

This week, Football Book Club will be reading Maggie Nelson’s The Argonauts, discussing Allie Brosh’s Hyperbole and a Half, still not watching the NFL, and certainly not talking — or even thinking — about the Bears’ two-game win streak. The Argonauts — which has been dubbed a genre-bending memoir, a work of authotheory, and autobiographical criticism  […]

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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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