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Friday, April 14 2006

Bookmarks: Brief reviews of new and overlooked books

The Weather Makers: How Man is Changing the Climate and What it Means for Life on Earth by Tim Flannery Atlantic Monthly Press, March 2006, 384 pages, $25.00


Worlds of Their Own: Winter Photography Books From Perceval Press

'Deeply intimate and of a worth that far exceeds their cost, these microcosmic visual universes leave the reader feeling altered by having been exposed to the essence of another person's existence.' Melissa Fischer looks at the upcoming releases from Viggo Mortensen's Perceval Press.


Friday, April 7 2006

In the Aeroplane Over the Sea

Given Neutral Milk Hotel's shifting lineup and frequent moves in the years before and during Aeroplane, Cooper commendably maps out their story within a spare hundred some pages.


Born in the U.S.A.

You don't need to be a Springsteen fan to have heard the song or seen the video and know what's happening in it, making Himes's unsubstantial analysis of the song a waste of a page and a half. Himes's bio states he won a 2002 ASCAP/Deems Taylor Award for Music Feature Writing -- you'd never guess it by such academic, overstated passages.


Riding a Comet’s Flame: An Interview with Kim Cooper

'In him not being interviewed he becomes the center of the book, but he would be anyway.' Kim Cooper speaks to PopMatters about the musical friendships that gave rise to In the Aeroplane Over the Sea, Jeff Mangum's reluctance to publicly speak about the band, and the difficulties of portraying people and music with words.


Thursday, April 6 2006

Sign ‘O’ the Times

Matos is a committed Prince fan who revels in the what he perceives as the artist's successes, like Sign, while admonishing those albums that he thinks fell short, like Diamonds and Pearls.


Wednesday, April 5 2006

Canon Fodder

'In effect, the series de-pop-ifies the records, taking them out of the realm of spontaneous appreciation by fans, and organizes the discipline of album criticism as the specific practice of experts.' Can the widely revered pop albums chronicled in Continuum's 33 1/3 series survive the ardor of their most intelligent and impassioned critics? Rob Horning investigates.


Tuesday, April 4 2006

Kick Out the Jams

Up against the wall, pseudo-revolutionaries: a report on radical rock of the '60s shows the perils of mixing art and politics in the marketplace.


Monday, April 3 2006

I Know There’s an Answer: An Interview with Jim Fusilli

'Well, when I was younger, it was the album that pulled back the curtain and showed me, at the same time, a new world and the truth of myself. But now I'm astonished by the wisdom of it, the depth, the quality.' Bill Gibron talks to Jim Fusilli about his excellent examination of the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds.


The New #1

Granted, Pet Sounds is a great album, one that requires very little support for its importance as art and as musical innovation. Yet Fusilli finds inventive ways of making these givens new and engaging.


Introduction and Interview with Series Editor David Barker

'We've definitely caught people at a moment in time where there's a certain nostalgia for the album format -- although I don't think it's as doomed as many make it out.' Anne K. Yoder talks to 33 1/3 series editor, David Barker, about his 'great little books'.


Thursday, March 30 2006

A Long Night’s Journey into Light

Half a century after its writing, Elie Wiesel's Night finds a renewed prominence thanks to Oprah, but its importance has never diminished. Justin Cober-Lake looks back at Wiesel's book and recommends others on the Holocaust and its continued relevance.


Thursday, March 23 2006

How Easily Snow Covers Everything: An Interview with Gregory Galloway

'One high school student piped up with, 'How do you know what happened? That's only your opinion. What you think happened may not be what really happened.' That blew me away because he was so right.' Steven Horowitz talks to Gregory Galloway, a novelist whose first book explores the mysterious life of teenagers who know too much.


Friday, March 10 2006

Bookmarks: Brief reviews of new and overlooked books

Branwell: A Novel of the Brontë Brother by Douglas A. Martin Soft Skull, February 2006, 232 pages, $13.95 [paperback] Douglas Martin’s novelization of the little-known life of


Friday, March 3 2006

Bookmarks: Brief reviews of new and overlooked books

Painter of Miracles by Francine Prose.


Tuesday, February 28 2006

‘Writing Illness’ Cured: Interview with Paul Levine

Thriller author Paul Levine swapped his big-time legal career for the life of a full-time writer. His friends thought his foolish -- he says he had no other choice.


‘Writing Illness’ Cured: Interview with Paul Levine

Thriller author Paul Levine swapped his big-time legal career for the life of a full-time writer. His friends thought his foolish -- he says he had no other choice.


Friday, February 17 2006

Bookmarks: Brief reviews of new and overlooked books

Story of a Drunken Girlhood by Koren Zailckas; Bushit!: An A-Z Guide to the Bush Attack on Truth, Justice, Equality, and the American Way by Jack Huberman.


Tuesday, February 14 2006

To Everything, There Is a Season

Roger Holland looks at three new paperbacks from crime lit's biggest names -- Ian Rankin, Michael Connelly, and Linda Fairstein.


Friday, February 10 2006

Bookmarks: Brief reviews of new and overlooked books

Pop Art Short Stories by Steve Powers; The Ice Queen by Alice Hoffman; Your Ultimate Pilates Body Challenge: At the Gym, On the Mat and One the Move by Brooke Siler.


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