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Barry Lenser

Barry writes about all things Beatles at The Daily Beatle ( Twitter: @Beatlesblogger. He can be reached at bplenser[at]gmail[dot]com.


Thursday, November 21 2013

Albert Camus and the Universal Quality of Human Dignity

Both Elements of a Life and A Life Worth Living offer concise, eloquent, and learned treatments of the life and work of Albert Camus.


Tuesday, February 18 2014

Alas, Surface-Skimming Is the Dominant Mode in 'The Beatles Solo'

Books about the Fab Four need to justify themselves. The Beatles Solo, a handsome but information-light and overpriced doorstop, doesn't get there.

Wednesday, August 7 2013

'Lucy in the Mind of Lennon' Attempts to Psychoanalyze Art

Though a mixed bag, Lucy in the Mind of Lennon prompts some interesting questions about the interplay between art and scientific inquiry.

Sunday, July 14 2013

How Much Will You Pay for Some Christian Comfort? 'Thieves in the Temple'

Thieves in the Temple offers a critique of the modern-day 'feel good' Christian church in America that rings true even as it feels incomplete.

Tuesday, June 4 2013

The Problems of the Human Conscious in Albert Camus' 'Algerian Chronicles'

Algerian Chronicles is a stirring and lasting work of moral conviction. Camus illustrates the impossible challenge of pursuing justice in a conflict marked by heinous crimes.

Tuesday, April 9 2013

The Lessons Contained in 'The Little Way of Ruthie Leming' Are Many and Heartfelt

Moving and emotionally complex, The Little Way of Ruthie Leming is a book about nothing less than the human condition.

Foals: Antidotes [1.May.08]
The Hives [31.Mar.08]
Touane: Figura [30.Oct.07]


Wednesday, October 9 2013

The Top Ten Arctic Monkeys Songs

From dynamic post-punk to brawny stoner-rock to jangly California pop to moonlit glam, Arctic Monkeys' five albums have displayed impressive range. It’s the main reason why they occupy the enviable spot they do in the music world.

Thursday, August 15 2013

Arctic Monkeys - "Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High" (video)

The last two Arctic Monkeys singles have exposed an all-too-human chink in leadman Alex Turner’s leather-clad armor: the dude has a serious weakness for drunk/stoned dialing.

Friday, August 9 2013

Brian Wilson with Al Jardine and David Marks: 27 July 2013 - Twin Cities

Five good reasons to catch Brian Wilson, Al Jardine, and David Marks in concert if you get a chance.

Tuesday, July 9 2013

Paul McCartney and Wings - "Tomorrow"

When critics assail Paul McCartney for his lightweight material, it's songs like "Tomorrow" that they have in mind.

Monday, July 8 2013

Franz Ferdinand - "Right Action" / "Love Illumination" #2 (videos)

One is too jaunty and smirking for its own good, calling to mind a montage scene from some warmed over rom-com with, say, Cameron Diaz and Gerard Butler. And the other sounds like a band just following the safe, tried-and-true method.

The Beatles - "Baby It's You" (Sound Affects) [30.Nov.08]
The Beatles - "P.S. I Love You" (Sound Affects) [11.Nov.08]
The Beatles - "Love Me Do" (Sound Affects) [30.Oct.08]
The Beatles - "Please Please Me" (Sound Affects) [19.Oct.08]
The Beatles - "Ask Me Why" (Sound Affects) [10.Oct.08]
The Beatles - "Boys" (Sound Affects) [2.Oct.08]
The Beatles - "Chains" (Sound Affects) [28.Sep.08]
Arthur Alexander's "Anna (Go to Him)" (Sound Affects) [21.Sep.08]
The Beatles - "Anna (Go to Him)" (Sound Affects) [17.Sep.08]
The Beatles - "Misery" (Sound Affects) [13.Sep.08]
The Beatles - "I Saw Her Standing There" (Sound Affects) [8.Sep.08]
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