Tuesday, June 3 2014
Is the rise of the biographical novel a problem?
Thursday, September 1 2011
Little Girl Blue is a damning and penetrating account of tortured and tormented artist, Karen Carpenter, and could just be one of the most depressing books you’ll ever read.
Thursday, July 14 2011
All his life Morgan Forster lived in a world imprisoned by prejudice against homosexuals. He was 16 when Oscar Wilde was sent to prison, and he died the year after the Stonewall riots.
Monday, March 21 2011
Boxed in by bandage-colored cubicle walls in downtown Manhattan, my thoughts drift to sweet days in Florence and Rome, and to lines in Ray Bradbury’s ‘Dandelion Wine’.
Thursday, November 11 2010
What the world really needs is a straight-up account of one of the most important rock groups of all time. Now we have it in the form of music scribe Andrew Earles.
Wednesday, February 10 2010
In his biography of Grace Kelly, Donald Spoto spends much time trying to polish a gem that shines all on its own.
Thursday, January 14 2010
The Chiangs were an historical anachronism; their reign marked by corruption, ineptitude, and a quasi-Fascist nationalism that could not survive for long.
Monday, November 9 2009
The creator of the universally-beloved Calvin and Hobbes was a perfectionist and a true believer in his art form, yet he hated the fame that his creations brought him.
Sunday, November 8 2009
Ayn Rand set out to remake reality as if it were an ill-fitting dress: by sheer will, she tried to fashion a Balenciaga gown from a housedress.
Tuesday, July 28 2009
Without these players actually telling the story firsthand, it starts to read a bit like a Wikipedia entry.