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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.

Friday, February 3 2006

A Million Little Pieces Missing

With embellishments, Frey's tale is not particularly exceptional, just the story of a young guy with a really, really reckless streak. Without embellishments, it is a run-of-the-mill drunkalogue, as they say in the biz (the biz, in this case, being addiction treatment facilities). The amazing thing is that Frey convinced a nation that he is totally unique.

F is for Fake (Starfuckers)

I can't help but feel these latest controversies about distortion, lies and fakery have less to do with their progenitors than the larger climate of distortion, fakery and hype that fires their brightness and dominates what passes for a culture.

My LeRoy Tale: The Truth and Nothing But

Maybe that is how the LeRoy machine will make it though this. Silence and the support of hardy friends who will forgive all and talk a lot of noise about 'higher truths'.

James Frey and Memoir’s Addiction to Redemption

Manipulation all the way down the line, before coming to rest in front of the people wanting to be manipulated.

Live and Let Frey

Oprah compounded our schadenfreude by taking Frey onto her stage and essentially beating him with a yardstick while Frey's dunce cap bounced up and down to the rhythm of her vengeful strikes.

Friday, January 27 2006

Bookmarks: Brief reviews of new and overlooked books

The Singing Fish by Peter Markus; The Travel Mom's Ultimate Book of Family Travel by Emily Kaufman; The Areas of My Expertise: An Almanac of Complete World Knowledge Compiled with Instructive and Annotation and Arranged in Useful Order by Me, John Hodgman, a Professional Writer by John Hodgman.

Friday, January 20 2006

Folk Explosion: An Interview with Rick Moody

'I'm tired of double kick-drumming and death-metal guitar tunings and guys yelling about how much trouble they're having with their girlfriends.' Rick Moody talks to PopMatters about his musical life.

Folk Explosion: An Interview with Rick Moody

'I'm tired of double kick-drumming and death-metal guitar tunings and guys yelling about how much trouble they're having with their girlfriends.' Rick Moody talks to PopMatters about his musical life.

Tuesday, January 3 2006

The Best Non-Fiction Books of 2005

A Man Without a Country by Kurt Vonnegut, The Secret Man: The Story of Watergate's Deep Throat by Bob Woodward, Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner, Lipstick Jihad by Azadeh Moaveni and many more (in three parts).

The Best Fiction Books of 2005

Fiction or non-fiction, censored, scorned or adored, we were captivated and seduced by 2005's offerings, from a surprise death in the new Harry Potter to the 'truth' of the afterlife in Mary Roach's Spook. In a list comprising the best graphic novels, short story collections, memoirs, and rants, here are the best of 2005, PopMatters-style

Friday, December 16 2005


Tim O'Neil looks at Roth's latest, The Plot Against America: a book not so much about the alternate history as about the nature and character of .

Philip Roth—Welcome to the Canon

Is Philip Roth America's greatest living writer? Steven Shymanik thinks so. He takes a look back at Roth's early work, freshly published by the Library of Congress.

My Life As a Narrator

Justin Cober-Lake looks at Roth's My Life as a Man, an early and under-appreciated book in the writer's canon that sets the postmodern narrative tone for his future works.

Friday, December 9 2005

When We’re Old Enough to Read Fairy Tales Again

'Too direct a treatment of the spiritual aspects of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and they lose the secular audience; too oblique an approach to it, and they lose the church crowd they're specifically trying to draw in.' Phoebe Kate Foster examines C.S. Lewis, his Chronicles of Narnia, and questions the new film's hit or miss probabilities.

Tuesday, December 6 2005

The Baseball Team Who Saved One Another: An Interview with John Albert

'There's nothing subversive about getting a Mohawk and walking around Silver Lake. When I was 16, if you got a tattoo, it was like, 'What the fuck are you doing?' There was nobody doing that. [Now] everyone is covered in tattoos. It means nothing. Dyeing your hair pink means nothing. Putting a metal post through your nose doesn't mean anything.' Jodie Janella Horn talks to John Albert about music, baseball, James Frey, and punk-rock death.

Tuesday, November 29 2005

This Time You Pray For Real

Books for kids on life, death, sexual awakening, sexual abuse, death, the Holocaust, and the Taliban. Farrar, Straus and Giroux offers kids startling alternatives to Harry Potter this Christmas.

Thursday, November 17 2005

Dealing in Experience

Augusten Burroughs loves dogs, writing, and a man called Dennis. In a sweetly intimate, rather revealing phone interview, PopMatters spoke to him about these things and more.

Tuesday, November 15 2005

What She Loves: A Chat with Laura Pedersen

From millionaire Wall Street whiz kid to novelist with fans covering the literary spectrum, life looks mighty good for Laura Pedersen. Jackie Regales spoke to Pedersen about Her Brilliant Career.

Thursday, November 3 2005

Too Brief By Far

'More than any other writer of the modern era, Capote is obsessed by the notion of cruelty: cruelty as both the active infliction of pain and, perhaps more insidiously, the passive withholding of kindness.' Tim O'Neil looks at Vintage's recent releases celebrating the life and work of Truman Capote.

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