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Sunday, January 1 1995

Outland by Roger Ballen

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: Adventures in Film Noir by Barry Gifford

'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.


One Thousand Beards:  A Cultural History of Facial Hair by Allan Peterkin

Popular culture hasn't had so wide a reach since the invention of the telegraph when cranky mothers could finally harass their children from across the world.


The Noctambulists & Other Fictions by Peter Spielberg

These tales flirt with notions of archetype: they make use of our desire to read meta-characters as stand-ins for veracity and personal experience.


Neo-Pagan Sacred Art and Altars by Sabina Magliocco

Neo-paganism has become a cute type of nonconformity and not just in California either.


New York is Now! The New Wave of Free Jazz by Phil Freeman

[This book] the result is a handy primer for newcomers to the music and those taking the first tentative steps into free jazz, and a manifesto of sorts that will likely become the fulcrum of debate for years to come.


News Dissector: Passions, Pieces and Polemics 1960-2000 by Danny Schechter

Superficial sound bite journalism doesn't really inform us.


Not a Chance by Jessica Treat

PULL.


New Stories from the South: 2001, the Year’s Best, Edited by Shannon Ravenel

. . . the House of Southern Fiction is in the process of remodeling.


Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem

While some of us claim to have a mind-body problem, Lionel Essrog, the anti-hero of [Jonathan Lethem's] 'Motherless Brooklyn' and a sufferer of Tourette's syndrome, has a more fundamental quandary: a mind-mind problem.


Mind the Doors by Zinovy Zinik (Reviews) [1.Jan.95]
Kamikaze Lust by Lauren Sanders (Reviews) [1.Jan.95]
Hell’s Kitchen by Chris Niles (Reviews) [1.Jan.95]
Girl Beside Him by Cris Mazza (Reviews) [1.Jan.95]
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