Barry writes about all things Beatles at The Daily Beatle (thedailybeatle.blogspot.com). Twitter: @Beatlesblogger. He can be reached at bplenser[at]gmail[dot]com.
Thursday, November 21 2013
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
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
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
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
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
Moving and emotionally complex, The Little Way of Ruthie Leming is a book about nothing less than the human condition.
Wednesday, October 9 2013
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
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
Five good reasons to catch Brian Wilson, Al Jardine, and David Marks in concert if you get a chance.
Tuesday, July 9 2013
When critics assail Paul McCartney for his lightweight material, it's songs like "Tomorrow" that they have in mind.
Monday, July 8 2013
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.