Thursday, September 1 2011
The Malian singer stays steady and firm at the centre while the Frenchman roams baroque around her, fascinated by her ringing treelike isolation.
Thursday, August 11 2011
French Cinema is a popular history that makes its own eccentric claims on what that history should be.
Sunday, April 17 2011
Mild Afro-European R&B with weightless feelgood lyrics about liking the planet and loving your womanhood, and, if you are African, being happy that you have hair.
Thursday, April 14 2011
Thursday, April 7 2011
Love, in these songs, is aware of its own delirious state and willing to share the details.
Wednesday, December 1 2010
Donso has a happy-kora feel -- golden and intricate.
Thursday, October 7 2010
In Rose Tremain's new novel about two pairs of siblings battling over past injustices and a stone farmhouse in the south of France, misery loves company to a fault.
Sunday, August 8 2010
In these stories about the French before and during WWII, Némirovsky abjures commentary and merely observes the way that human beings go about their petty and ever-disappointing daily business. Thus, her writing is especially cruel.