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Books
'Producing Country' Is Great Oral History
This is an exceptional read on how records get made. We learn how producers coaxed great performances, made power deals, and generally had a good time. [19.Sep.14]
Frenetic and Scatter-Brained, 'Preparing the Ghost' Is Still an Infuriatingly Good Read
If one is looking for something more 21st century than beat poetry and new journalism to challenge your mind and thrill your heart, this is it, whatever this is. [18.Sep.14]
'How the World Was' Is a Vivid Tale of a 20th Century California Boyhood
By Hector Tobar
Above all, this celebrates the wondrous and odd details of everyday life in working-class California during the Great Depression. [18.Sep.14]
Soul Murder and Dreams in 'Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage'
Like the cobwebs and spider webs that colonize a neglected basement, Haruki Murakami’s filamentous plot threads trail uncannily across our psyches. [17.Sep.14]
From Outer Space to the Bowels of Planet Earth, This Is the Stuff We're Made Of
In Stuff Matters, Mark Miodownik, a quirky science writer, shares his love and knowledge of the materials that shape our world. [17.Sep.14]
Reviews
This is an exceptional read on how records get made. We learn how producers coaxed great performances, made power deals, and generally had a good time. [18.Sep.14]
If one is looking for something more 21st century than beat poetry and new journalism to challenge your mind and thrill your heart, this is it, whatever this is. [18.Sep.14]
Like the cobwebs and spider webs that colonize a neglected basement, Haruki Murakami’s filamentous plot threads trail uncannily across our psyches. [17.Sep.14]
In Stuff Matters, Mark Miodownik, a quirky science writer, shares his love and knowledge of the materials that shape our world. [17.Sep.14]
'Walt Before Skeezix' offers an in-depth look at the early days of 'Gasoline Alley' in a beautifully-presented volume. [16.Sep.14]
The Bone Clocks merges set-scenes of imaginative showdowns with intellectual reflection, which will reward the keen and alert reader. [16.Sep.14]
Blue Eyed Pop includes a trove of candid band shots, live performance photos and more that would otherwise go unseen by anyone outside of Iceland. [16.Sep.14]
Labored and unfocused, the study that Luis Sanchez attempts with SMiLE is a poor fit for the 33 1/3 format. [15.Sep.14]
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Features
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[08.Sep.14]
By Katja Huru
Reading heroine-driven young adult (YA) fiction, one can't help but wonder why stagnant views of women’s sexuality and societal roles prevail. [08.Sep.14]
Columns
Re:Print
Kelli Deeth’s characters, at the end of their wits and their youth, take the long, last painful look into their abating past, only to see themselves staring back at a fated future. [07.Sep.14]
Re:Print
As art imitates life, there are parallels between the violence in Laura McBride's We Are Called to Rise and the most recent headlines of violence in America. [04.Sep.14]
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