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Burt Likko

Pseudonymous Portlander. Homebrewer. Atheist. Recovering Republican. Recovering Catholic. Recovering divorcé. Editor-in-Chief Emeritus of Ordinary Times. Relapsed Lawyer, admitted to practice law (under his real name) in California and Oregon. On Twitter, to his frequent regret, at @burtlikko. House Likko's Words: Scite Verum. Colite Iusticia. Vivere Con Gaudium.

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  1. Avatar LeeEsq
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    This might just be bitterness at being perpetually locked out at this area in life but it seems to be that everybody wants to have their cake and eat it too when it comes to sex. They want to have the time of their lives, and peacocking it in front of others, while having no use for the frustrations of people they aren’t that sympathetic too. Celibacy is both supposed to be something that is un-natural and something that the people who can’t find a partner need to be really good at. A lot of people seem to divide romantic partners between those you have your wicked wild fun with and the donkeys you set to work. The entire system is sick and broken.Report

  2. Avatar Aaron David
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    Seemingly effortlessly good-looking and arrogant, he ignores his mother’s attempts to give advice and guidance, seduces naive young women through questionable means, and bullies a sensitive and smart classmate, Julian. We never see him viewing pornography, but his sexual behavior amply demonstrates how thoroughly he’s internalized it.

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    It sounds like Perrota is stealing a base here. While I generally like his work, there are too many causal aspects left at play to prescribe it to one thing; child of divorce, misogynistic environment, etc. And while I haven’t seen it (do I even have HBO? Not sure.) There might be more things that could describe this that lends credence to this going either way that are missing from this otherwise fine review, but that did stick out to me.Report

  3. Avatar Saul Degraw
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    When the book came out, I read the reviews and could not quite figure what it was about. This did not make me optimistic even though I liked the book for the Leftovers.Report

  4. Avatar Em Carpenter
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    I love Katherine Hahn, have ever since she was in Crossing Jordan. She is so very underrated.Report

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