Born in Los Angeles but should have been born in my parental Ireland. Find me at:“Blogtrotter”.
Monday, March 18 2013
"Happy peasants in bountiful fields. A King who's too good to be true.... I'm making photos, shooting video and collecting stories. Everybody in Bhutan's got a story -- some of them might even be true."
Wednesday, April 6 2011
Starring in surrealist films? Stumbling upon comic-book cover art? These are just some of the questions answered by Elf Power as they continue to celebrate the release of their 10th album.
Monday, February 10 2014
Like his protagonists, Thomas Pynchon appears to remind us, in his absence from advising us, that we must rely on our own smarts, arrayed against mystery and cynicism and corruption.
Monday, February 3 2014
We all search for escape, and while music, drugs, radicalism, or fame may ease the monotony, the protagonists of so many of these tales find themselves at the end of their narratives still constrained.
Sunday, November 24 2013
Here as in all his works, William T. Vollman sides with the poor and the marginalized, but he tries to remain fair to all he meets, even as he confesses his prejudice, or tolerance.
Monday, August 12 2013
"I am not by nature cut out for this life, as it's defined in these parts by the chamber of commerce and our bishop, who is devoted to Christian family living, as everyone knows." This deadpan tone suits J.F. Powers and his conflicted, capitalist, Midwestern, mid-century priests well.
Tuesday, April 10 2012
"Spanish majas wearing traditional peinetas made-in-Spain enhance their legs with imported French stockings; dark Spanish beauties leave Andalusia to sit in front of American typewriters in an office in Barcelona or Madrid; sexy middle-class señoritas speed away on German bicycles."
Tuesday, March 4 2014
The addled combinations of sap and syrup, air and gravity, evaporation and consolidation also serve as a humble harbinger of global warming.
Thursday, February 20 2014
A London Year chronicles marvelous tales and observations by writers known and unknown.
Tuesday, January 28 2014
Speed the Plough mixes Yo La Tengo's faraway feeling of summer daydreams with the edgier lyrics and more somber mien of the Feelies.
Monday, January 6 2014
Morrissey cannot square his inner discontent with his mass appeal. He peers at himself as if a specimen.
Wednesday, January 1 2014
The Punishment Imperative doesn't obscure the authors' sympathy for those who have suffered during America's war on crime and drugs.
Monday, August 30 2010
Why did punk implode so rapidly? Why did its bands flare up and fade out? And how did this movement resist yet revamp the hippies they rushed to replace?
Friday, April 30 2010
Twilit zones: suburban malcontents and post-modern autodidacts roam, ponder, fret, and mull.
Friday, April 23 2010
John Banville's alter ego resurrects Quirke in another 1950s Dublin noir adventure.