Pumpjack Book Reviews

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Book Review: Gaspara Stampa: Selected Poems

I picked up this collection because I wanted to (finally) understand the famous line in Rilke’s first elegy:
“Have you imagined Gaspara Stampa intensely enough so that any girl deserted by her beloved might be inspired by that fierce example of soaring, objectless love and might say to herself, "Perhaps I can be like her?"

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Book Review: I Am Drusilla by Lucille Moncrief

I Am Drusilla by Lucille Moncrief is an intense gem of a story—short, fast moving and thoroughly entertaining. I read this Kindle Single in less than an hour and it nicely filled the otherwise dull period between waiting, boarding and the take off of a plane.

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Book Review: Natural Causes by Barbara Ehrenreich

Natural Causes: An Epidemic of Wellness, the Certainty of Dying, and Killing Ourselves to Live Longer is a carefully constructed philosophic and scientific inquiry into how we can find joy in an apathetic and often hostile world of diseases and accidents and physical and mental degradation and decline ending always in death. Highly recommended.

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