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Friday, August 18 2006

Bookmarks: Brief reviews of new and overlooked books

Mary M. Dalton and Laura R. Linder; The Garbageman and the Prostitute by Zack Wentz


Thursday, August 17 2006

Vigilance: An Interview with Lillian Faderman

Lillian Faderman might be described as a cat who roars. Soft-spoken, attentive, and highly intelligent, she's made her name as an academic and activist.


Vigilance: An Interview with Lillian Faderman

Lillian Faderman might be described as a cat who roars. Soft-spoken, attentive, and highly intelligent, she's made her name as an academic and activist.


Thursday, August 3 2006

Bookmarks: Brief reviews of new and overlooked books

The Cosmic Landscape: String Theory and the Illusion of Intelligent Design -- It's not that we're necessarily special, we're simply a strong statistical probability.


Friday, July 28 2006

Bookmarks: Brief reviews of new and overlooked books

Istanbul: Memories of a City -- His Istanbul is a cry against the city itself and all that it contains being forgotten.


Tuesday, July 25 2006

All Guts, All Glory: A Tribute to Mickey Spillane

'You don't read Mickey Spillane. You LIVE him.' Bill Gibron's tribute to the author of blue-collar bluster and potboiler poetry.


Friday, July 21 2006

Bookmarks: Brief reviews of new and overlooked books

Special Edition: Upcoming releases from Bloodaxe Books and Dufour Editions.


Friday, July 14 2006

Bookmarks: Brief reviews of new and overlooked books

FAB: A Novel -- FAB places the reader at dinner opposite a woman who talks ceaselessly about herself, but rarely reveals anything genuine -- leading the captive to wonder, 'Is there substance here?'


Friday, June 30 2006

Bookmarks: Brief reviews of new and overlooked books

Amy Hempel; Lenny Bruce Is Dead by Jonathan Goldstein; Absurdistan by Gary Shteyngart


Cubicle Comedy: Interview with Pete Flies

'Success is an act. I think it's funny when people say, 'I could never be an actor,' and it's what we do all the time, in work, relationships, life in general.' Inspired as much by Voltaire's Candide as Mike Judge's Office Space, Pete Flies talks about Memoirs of a Virus Programmer.


Wednesday, June 28 2006

You Don’t Know What You Think You Know: An Interview with Museum of Hoaxes Curator Alex Boese

'The scams that advertisers, politicians, and the media get away with frustrate me enormously, and I often wonder why people allow themselves to be manipulated so easily.' Glenn McDonald talks to author and Hoax Expert, Alex Boese


Friday, June 23 2006

Bookmarks: Brief reviews of new and overlooked books

Long before there were blogs, before there were even zines, there was Rollerderby, an offbeat mail-out pasted together and distributed from a rented attic in


Friday, June 16 2006

Lessening the Damage: Interview with Dorothy Allison

I started out as a feminist activist when I was about 18 or 19, marching as an anti-war activist and lesbian feminist. Here I am 55 years old, and I'm having to fight for exactly the same issues all over again, with an enemy, an implacable enemy, who keeps coming back at me as if we have not been fighting for 35 years to establish these rights..


Friday, June 9 2006

Bookmarks: Brief reviews of new and overlooked books

How to Leave Work, Raise Children, and Jumpstart Your Career Even if You Haven't Had a Job in Years by Monica Samuels and J.C. Conklin; The Imperfect Mom: Candid Confessions of Mothers Living in the Real World by Therese J. Borchard (editor).


Thursday, June 8 2006

Wherever You Go, There You Are: An Interview with Jen Trynin

'Nobody cares about what motivates me to make music. But what people are interested in are extreme situations. And that's what my book was about. That was my version of climbing a mountain.' Jen Trynin talks to Jon Langmead about Everything I'm Cracked Up to Be, a memoir detailing her almost-rise to rock stardom.


Wherever You Go, There You Are: An Interview with Jen Trynin

'Nobody cares about what motivates me to make music. But what people are interested in are extreme situations. And that's what my book was about. That was my version of climbing a mountain.' Jen Trynin talks to Jon Langmead about Everything I'm Cracked Up to Be, a memoir detailing her almost-rise to rock stardom.


Thursday, June 1 2006

Free Culture (While Supplies Last)

PopMatters books writer Vince Carducci takes stock of World Book and Copyright Day and other aspects of the global marketplace for ideas.


Wednesday, May 31 2006

Does Beloved Belong? The Absence of Minority and Fringe Literature in the New York Times Canon

A literary equal amongst these other authors Toni Morrison has, unfortunately, been cheapened to the status of a safe signifier: the voice of an outsider, so well received by the public, that she has become inevitably insider herself. Yet she is still regarded as 'alien' as before.


Thursday, May 25 2006

A Kind of Music: Interview with David Mitchell

'Writing is a kind of music. And I mean that very nearly literally. Or at least, I mean it metaphorically. It's nonetheless a metaphor, which is truer than the obvious. A sentence is a musical phrase that your eyeball can hear. Words are musical notes that, again, your eyeball can hear. Not a sound, but a nuance.' Stephen Schenkenberg talks to David Mitchell.


Thursday, May 11 2006

Bob Marley Is Still Catching Fire

May 11 is the 25th anniversary of the passing of the king of reggae, the day when Bob Marley succumbed to cancer in Miami in 1981 at the age of 36. Today his music is more popular respected than ever. Christopher John Farley, author of the new book, Before the Legend: The Rise of Bob Marley, looks back.


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