Murder, masochism, Satanism and nihilism: Parents, you might want to rethink substituting your kids' Twilight paperbacks for the classics.
Last year, David Remnick received huge attention for The Bridge, his biography of Barack Obama. Eschewing the conventions of the form, the New Yorker editor focussed not on Obama’s private life but his public rise to senator and eventually president of the United States. It is a trick he also employed in 1998’s King of the World, a biography of another African-American icon, Muhammad Ali.
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’.
The setting of Johannesburg, but one in the new South African literature, is cool and accessible; a global city where aliens can come down to earth and magic is alive and well in the slums of Hillbrow.
The Nice One from Monty Python sketches a consistent portrait of himself as a decent, ordinary bloke who just happens to be trapped in the role of light-comedy hero -- Hugh Grant comes inevitably to mind -- playing exasperated straight man to his whacky buddies, who in turn are forever dragging him into Situations.
To open Shade Rupe’s Dark Stars Rising: Conversations from the Outer Realms at random is to drop into a vortex. It’s 500 pages of
Mills revisits fond memories of reading the Guinness Book of World Records as a child (it sure beats Nightmare on Elm Street), and the lasting distortion the series has wrought upon her life.
The very idea of designing intricate mythologies and elven languages and pronouncing Celeborn correctly would've seemed vaguely unwholesome to a middle-aged Midwesterner at the turn of the 20th century. Indeed, the orginal Land of Oz was not a place of winged monkeys.
David Peace's Occupied City brings a bleak, incantatory rhythm to its investigation of a real-life mass killing in 1948 Tokyo.
" [Elizabeth] Scott's book is an intense read, but it reflects the horrifying reality that abducted women face... I remember thinking when I first saw [these titles on the list] that they must have been included because the issues they dealt with were important women's issues and thus of particular interest to the feminist reader."