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Another fine mess

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Ottessa Moshfegh
Knife Fight and Other Struggles
David Nickle
Far from the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity
Andrew Solomon
The Good Lord Bird
James McBride
Ancillary Justice
Ann Leckie
Our Underachieving Colleges: A Candid Look at How Much Students Learn and Why They Should Be Learning More (New Edition)
Derek Bok
Dissident Gardens
Jonathan Lethem
Nightmare Movies: Horror on Screen Since the 1960s
Kim Newman
The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood
James Gleick
Complete Novels
Dashiell Hammett, Steven Marcus
Pilo Family Circus - Will Elliot Rats. Erased Mark's joke about Jeffy et al.

Things I like about this: creepy clowns. Grotesque carnival hijinks. A nice tonal highwire act which grounds the surreal in a sense of mundane, concrete reality. (The author is upfront in interviews about his own schizophrenia, and it's tempting--though he claims the novel's not related--to see its themes of dissociation as echoes....) But even with such hooks--

I'm just not caught up. So I put it down. And there it sits, underneath the bed, near a copy of Hari Kunzru's Transmission and assorted anthologies and a few other things. This is either the island of misfit books or the way-station for intermittent reads, and I fear Pilo's been pegged for the former.