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The Jesus and Mary Chain: Barbed Wire Kisses
By Zoë Howe
Zoë Howe's biography of the Jesus and Mary Chain opens with a look at the band's hometown of East Kilbride, Scotland, a "dull" and "antiseptic" place that wasn't the worst place in the world. [26.Nov.14]
David Bowie's Affective Relationship With the Remarkable, Schizophrenic City of Berlin
Tobias Rüther’s exploration of Bowie’s artistic and personal development in mid-'70s Berlin offers few cogent insights and a confusing timeline of an artist in a city. [26.Nov.14]
Alex Capus' Latest Book Is a Wild Ride Through the Wild West
Filled with six charming tales about the American West in the 19th Century, Skidoo is an off-the-wall history lesson about the American Frontier most of us were never taught in school. [26.Nov.14]
In an Underground Bar With America's First Bohemians
Rebel Souls tells how Walt Whitman and a cast of colorful characters helped define American culture from a dark, 19th century basement bar in Manhattan. [25.Nov.14]
Is 'Gimme Indie Rock' Another One of Those Essential Guidebooks?
At its best, Gimme Indie Rock shows enough joy to remind its readers why books like these are made in the first place. [25.Nov.14]
Reviews
Tobias Rüther’s exploration of Bowie’s artistic and personal development in mid-'70s Berlin offers few cogent insights and a confusing timeline of an artist in a city. [26.Nov.14]
Filled with six charming tales about the American West in the 19th Century, Skidoo is an off-the-wall history lesson about the American Frontier most of us were never taught in school. [25.Nov.14]
Rebel Souls tells how Walt Whitman and a cast of colorful characters helped define American culture from a dark, 19th century basement bar in Manhattan. [25.Nov.14]
At its best, Gimme Indie Rock shows enough joy to remind its readers why books like these are made in the first place. [24.Nov.14]
Absolute Recoil is less a "major philosophical intervention" and more a natural continuation of Žižek's decades-long project of interpreting the world through Hegelian and Lacanian analysis. [24.Nov.14]
German rock band Can's masterpiece album is the subject of yet another thinly-veiled memoir in the 33 1/3 series, but the approach fits the enigmatic subject better than expected. [23.Nov.14]
This tale takes pains to emphasise the difference between the crass newly-rich mainland Chinese (yay!) and the rich-for-like-forever distinguished Chinese families (boo!). [23.Nov.14]
If trying to grasp screen presence is like reaching for the stars, James Harvey shows noble reach in his book, Watching Them Be. [22.Nov.14]
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By Zoë Howe
Zoë Howe's biography of the Jesus and Mary Chain opens with a look at the band's hometown of East Kilbride, Scotland, a "dull" and "antiseptic" place that wasn't the worst place in the world. [25.Nov.14]
By Katja Huru
Veronica Roth's Divergent series undermines all that we try to teach our young women about self-worth and the importance of maintaining autonomy and control over one’s body and mind. [23.Nov.14]
Columns
Re:Print
The prison correspondence of Tolokonnikova and Zizek might not change the world, but it ought to be required reading for those with such aspirations. [16.Nov.14]
Re:Print
The remarkable author of How to Build a Girl wasn’t seeking controversy; she just wanted to change the world. [11.Nov.14]
From The Blogs
Ovenly's recipes are hip, exciting, and accessible. If only they worked. [12.Nov.14]
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