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Diderot and the Encyclopaedists by John Morley 1878

We love this book. If you're a fan of Eggers, and Jess Walter, and Paul Murray - sink your teeth into this assured debut from Christopher Robinson and Gavin Kovite. It's out in May, so you have some time to clear your reading pile in preparation.

War of the Encyclopaedists, Christopher Robinson, Gavin Kovite. Best friends Mickey & Halifax throw a last blowout party before their lives part ways. They had planned to move together to Boston for grad school, but Mickey has just learned that his National Guard unit will deploy to Baghdad. Mickey & Halifax keep in touch by editing a Wikipedia article about themselves: smart & funny updates that morph & deepen, culminating in a document that is both devastatingly tragic & profoundly poetic.

Assassination of Saint Thomas Becket by Vincent de Beauvais, Musée Condé Chantilly.jpg Location: Musée Condé Chantilly Description: Assassination of Saint THOMAS Becket, archbishop of Canterbury, 1118-70, on 29 December 1170 by soldiers of Henry II of England in Canterbury Cathedral, folio 347R of Le Miroir Historial (The Mirror of History), by Vincent de Beauvais, 1190-1264 French scholar and encyclopaedist, 15th century French manuscript

Horehound, definitely must plant this for him. A larger picture:


Review: ‘War of the Encyclopaedists,’ by Christopher Robinson and Gavin Kovite

Mr. Kovite, an Iraq war veteran, and Mr. Robinson tell the stories of two friends, one meandering through life after college and the other dealing with calamity in Baghdad.


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