Sunday, January 1 1995
Remember Me To Harlem: The Letters of Langston Hughes and Carl Van Vechten, 1925-1964 by Emily Bertr
When Hughes met Carlo (as he calls him), the older man held a unique position as the link between Harlem and the wider literary world. Within two years Van Vechten had made the fatal mistake of entitling his exotic novel of Harlem life 'Nigger Heaven'. It was to haunt him to the grave and beyond.
'Print the Legend' gives the curious reader a bird's-eye view of the man who helped shape the world of cinema and the way we perceive the history of his beloved United States.
...is a positive, moving, real account of the complex and streetwise creature that constitutes the mavericks in South African society: the people who are given untenable circumstances but who use them wisely and creatively in constructing a life.
'Punktown' not only explores humanity's inability to interact healthily with their fellow inhabitants in the city of Paxton, but also itself.
'Positively 4th Street' draws a potent picture of artists as young men - and women - run through as it is with the spice and spark of success and disappointment, treachery and infidelity, ambition and antagonism.
Charles de Lint eschews the label 'urban fantasy' for his own description: 'mythic fiction'.
Others Unknown: Timothy McVeigh and the Oklahoma Bombing Conspiracy by Stephen Jones and Peter Israe
It is a frightening truth we need to be aware of and hear for ourselves. After all, what's to stop the 'others unknown' from targeting the INS office in Los Angeles and then the FBI office in Houston, Texas, according to one proposed plan?"
In 'Outland' Roger Ballen steps into the breach between photojournalism and constructed art. His new works disturb because what they take from the idiosyncrasies of local [South African] Poor White culture, they give to the sense of fictional possibility, leaving an odd sense of dignity in their protagonists.
'Out of the Past' has a pasted-together feel one might expect from a website entitled 'Noir Films I've Seen'. The book fails to deliver a big picture and doesn't do a very good job at delivering a lot of little pictures either.