Friday, February 13 2015
This unlikely combination of a translation and memoir offers as many telling insights into the preoccupations of Jonathan Franzen as it does into Karl Kraus' life and work.
Monday, September 12 2011
Reading Far and Away is like taking a personal journey with a good friend who has a great yarn to tell you about his globetrotting trips around the world.
Friday, September 9 2011
Roger Ebert describes the movie of his life, lending his unique outlook to his childhood, his relationship with Gene Siskel, and his recent battle with cancer.
Sunday, June 12 2011
Matt McGinn has been a roadie for Coldplay for more than a decade. Roadie: My Life on the Road with Coldplay is exactly what it sounds like, and, according to Coldplay, "half of this book is probably true."
Sunday, May 1 2011
When I review a book, I like to dog-ear pages that contain interesting passages or noteworthy statements. By the time I was done with Reality Hunger, my paperback was so puffed up by pages that were doubled in width from dog-earing that it looked like I'd dropped it into a hot bath filled with Calgon and then left it to dry on a radiator.
Sunday, March 6 2011
If art is seduction, as Susan Sontag reminds us, in the case of memoir-writing let it be said that the memoir cannot seduce another when the author is too busy seducing herself.
Monday, December 6 2010
This memoir is written like a British Muslim version of Sex and the City, just without the fashion porn – unless, of course, wearing the hijab can be considered to be just as fashionable as it is spiritual.
Thursday, September 9 2010
A story of a family’s twisted relationship to fire and the protagonist's gradual recognition of his legacy.
Thursday, June 17 2010
Cigar Box Banjo is less a memoir than it is an epitaph: Paul Quarrington wanted to be taken seriously as a bluesman, less so as an author.
Wednesday, April 7 2010
This is a thought-provoking book, and I walked away from it thinking I knew a little bit more about myself and the world around me.