Monday, November 9 2009
President Obama probably rattled and hummed in disbelief when he got his Nobel Prize. Ask Bono.
Thursday, October 29 2009
Film adaptations from black masterpieces -- and the Chitlin Circuit -- are rejuvenating America's Black Arts Movement.
Wednesday, October 28 2009
To paraphrase Nietzsche, when fighting monsters one should be careful not to become one, but that’s a major reason why many people fish: to slay the proverbial dragon.
Tuesday, October 27 2009
No matter the vercity of the tale, The Haunting in Connecticut has just enough creep quotient to keep me engaged, especially since I grew up a few miles from the house.
Thursday, October 22 2009
When the author of a sitcom-styled novel about Mexican heritage cannot resist mentioning the modern-day carnage, then it's fair to assume that the murders have become a significant part of the national identity.
Thursday, October 15 2009
With its narrow streets and dark and hidden infoldings, there’s a distinctly feminine, mysterious, and inexplicably magnetic aspect to Japan that exists in few other places in the world.
Monday, October 12 2009
Reading a comic requires multiple forms of literacy and levels of interpretation. Every movement from word to image and back again so as to create a coherent, narrative whole engages the reader’s brain in distinct ways.
Thursday, September 24 2009
Films and books strive toward a common goal: telling a story. And very few modern filmmakers are as good at spinning a yarn as the late Hal Ashby was.
Wednesday, September 23 2009
The terrifying, 'it could happen today' message of this story is best told in the Atwood's book, rather than the film version.
Monday, September 14 2009
Obama's four-year mission: to explore strange new worlds; to seek out new life and new kinds of political confusion; to boldly go where no rational health-care reformer has gone before.
Thursday, September 10 2009
Slapping the word 'Fiction' on the cover of a book is not a "get out of jail free" card or, more accurately, a license to kill – just because memoirs have to be true, it doesn’t follow that novels should be allowed to be false.
Thursday, September 3 2009
Jump into that ’59 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz with the maxed-out tailfins, contemplate what an original Barbie doll could fetch on eBay, and enjoy this roll call of Reasons Why Everything Changed in 1959.
Tuesday, September 1 2009
'To Kill a Mockingbird' is more than an enlightening tale of the racial inadequacies in the South during the Depression -- it inspired people to study law.
Sunday, August 30 2009
The media is too preoccupied with the funeral arrangements of the mainstream music industry to celebrate the life that is happening elsewhere.
Thursday, August 27 2009
Familial or political, conservatives in America actually have no moral boundaries whatsoever.
Tuesday, August 18 2009
Country music ain’t the sole purview of the southern part of the northern hemisphere: Canada has its share of fireside soul(ful) singers, too.
Sunday, August 16 2009
Ding dong! Ding dong! Another dysfunctional-family memoir bearing a terrible secret is at the door!
Sunday, August 9 2009
"[M]ore and more, 'production' -- that word my fellow economists have worked over for generations -- has become interior to the human mind rather than set on a factory floor..."
Wednesday, August 5 2009
In these days of economic turmoil, massive job losses, and corporate profiteering, you'd expect to hear more rewritings of the John Henry legend.
Thursday, July 30 2009
Dylan’s beautifully simple ballad captures the paradoxical fear of and longing for death that is the hallmark of Wurlitzer’s narratives and what lurks at the heart of the human experience.