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The Beatles Stereo Vinyl Box Set
The Beatles Stereo Vinyl Box Set
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4.0 out of 5 stars WHOAHHHH!! Slow down everyone, November 13, 2012
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This is simply a response to a couple of absurd responses already posted. 1) Of course this is the vinyl issue of the remastered catalog - there are so many variations of the original mixes that anything else would be uselessly redundant. You want the original mixes? Go buy MFSL, Japanese pressings, originals - the market is glutted with them. 2) $60 - $80 as a proper price for this set? Are you insane? These are 180 gram re-issues with all original packaging and an almost 300 page full color hardcover book. Standard 180 gram issues of ANY title are released at roughly around $25; this set has 16 discs - do the math. 3) Yes, the set is heavy, but while the outer box mine arrived in showed some distress, the box set itself was fine. 4) I agree with the reviewer about being cognizant of the equipment used to play vinyl. This set is a comparatively limited issue (10,000 - 15,000 internationally) for a reason - the audiophile vinyl audience is small and quietly growing, but is a small fraction of the music customer base as a whole.
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Beautiful Children: A Novel
Beautiful Children: A Novel
by Charles Bock
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Holding The Mirror Up To Nature, June 26, 2009
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Summarizing his directions to the actors before performing for the King and court, Hamlet urges the Players to remember that the role of theater is "to hold, as `twere, the mirror up to nature", an apt explanation of the role of art as a whole. In this stunning first novel, author Charles Bock has provided the mirror for our culture into which the reader is compelled to look, long and hard, and it is not a pretty sight. But as in all the best art, his fearlessness and incisive vision has produced a view of our world that provides an often exhilarating and mostly frightening view of our children as detritus of a culture long past realizing what the cost of instant gratification has become.
The strength of Bock's writing is in his seemingly effortless ability to present the inner dialogue of his characters while maintaining an almost feverish forward motion. The fact that he moves the reader through time and character like a pinball bouncing off the electric neon of Las Vegas might seem discomforting to some readers, and the language is rough and aggressive in it's representation of people struggling to understand and survive at the edge of our world, an edge dominated by drugs, sex and desperation. There certainly is no tidy wrapping up of character story-lines - Bock's use of narrative device is tightly controlled, allowing him to use that strength as the final turn in the novel, thus providing the reader with a larger understanding of where he is taking us, rather than where he has led his characters.
This book is certainly not an easy read (and at times an uncomfortable one) but it is both a compelling and ultimately necessary journey for anyone willing to look in a mirror being held by a talented observer of the American cultural landscape.

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