Tuesday, May 21 2013
Raised on a lifelong media diet of “good” and “bad” foods, some Americans tend to approach the dinner table in a state of panic.
As with many marketing books, Contagious verges on pop psychology.
Monday, May 20 2013
This is one of the best books about music ever published. It's an absolute delight to sink into and thrash around in, and it comes with a rigorous and righteous sense of wild-eyed-and-eared enthusiasm, and enough exuberant 'motherfuckers' to make Tarantino blush.
A pretty good food book from a guy who doesn't enjoy cooking, will eat almost anything, is cheap, and doesn't much care for food books.
Friday, May 17 2013
The moral outrage felt by the Foreign Service whistleblowers in John le Carré's 23rd novel isn't matched by their corrupted superiors.
Thursday, May 16 2013
James Salter has waited several years to publish his most recent novel. The result is unusually intelligent and graceful storytelling.
With a reserved, laconic style that relies heavily on simple declarative sentences and striking imagery, Olmstead's voice is at times reminiscent of fellow superstar Cormac McCarthy, although somewhat less bleak.
Wednesday, May 15 2013
War is not just fought between armies, as the characters on Sal Mal Lane choose to believe, but it's fought in the home, at school, and at work. In fact, every character here is at war with himself or herself in some way.
This text is more about the history of Peggy (Benedict Arnold) and Lucy (Henry Knox) in concurrence with their husbands, rather than focusing on the women’s autonomous identities.
Tuesday, May 14 2013
There's an anger towards women in many liberal, sophisticated, erudite men. It's important to be reminded that resentment is usually anchored in a feeling of similarity with the resented.
Monday, May 13 2013
The story of the biggest British band to never make it in America gets a thorough, honest, and fair recounting.
John Baxter, an Australian writer living in France, is distressed at the death of haute cuisine, and thus sets out to discover France's remaining "real" foods. It's an onerous task.
Friday, May 10 2013
There is no bias here, no leftist or conservative agenda. This is simply an exhaustive history of napalm, from its beginnings as kind of a scientific puzzle for technocrats to one of the most widely despised symbols of war.
Thursday, May 9 2013
"I was always drawn to the simple and the well proportioned rather than the flashy." Naomi Yang's aesthetic speaks for her band in this handsomely assembled presentation of words and depictions about their memorable music.
Charlie Cullen is the most prolific serial killer in American history. Here is his appalling, all-true story.
Wednesday, May 8 2013
The King of Good Intentions depicts scenes that have not yet vanished, although most of its record stores have, on shady blocks off Melrose or Wilshire.
Tuesday, May 7 2013
For all of her meticulous research and personal communications with fans, Sanrio employees, authors, and others, Christine Yano does an exceptional job of mining the Hello Kitty multiverse.
Monday, May 6 2013
"With the meaningless luxury of hindsight", Wilson Neate echoes back at the band its own detachment -- and its dry wit. This reverberates with his own sharp, honest, but affectionate reaction to Wire's sounds and moods.
In her debut novel, Grace McCleen treats heavy subjects with a light hand, showcasing her talents through an endearing narrator and thoughtful story.
Friday, May 3 2013
André Vauchez's presentation of this Umbrian knight turned "poor and begging" imitator of Christ proves as fascinating and debatable as the Man from Galilee whom the Poor Man of Assisi tried to emulate.