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Sunday, January 1 1995

Saving Louisiana? The Battle for Coastal Wetlands by Bill Streever

Scientists have a singular function, to write papers that are printed in 'Science' and 'Nature'. That is about it. But in this context, the scientists live and work in the environment they study, and their laboratory is sinking beneath their feet. They are immersed in the problem by definition.


Spider-Man Confidential: From Comic Icon to Hollywood Hero by Edward Gross

Gross adds nothing new to a story known by anyone with even a passing interest in comics.


Science or Psuedoscience: Magnetic Healing, Psychic Phenomena, and Other Heterodoxies by Henry H. Ba

Bauer's comparisons are thought-provoking and explain some of the dilemmas of anomalistics. Science depends on reproducibility. Anomalistics is the study of things that do not repeat.


Synthetic Bi Products by Sparrow L. Patterson

it just winds up in places much like the teenage world of boredom and struggle for meaning that the novel depicts.


Surrealist Painters and Poets - An Anthology by Mary Ann Caws

This weighty volume has the potential to prove a significant milestone in the appreciation and understanding of that familiar yet much-maligned phenomenon, Surrealism. Beautifully produced, it works in the way the best anthologies should. Well-known pieces take on a new life when placed alongside unknown items and, vast as the collection is, you end up wishing for more.


72dpi-Anime by Edited by Robert Klanten, Hendrik Helige, and Birga Meyer

Far-out publisher Die Gestalten Verlag has created an unprecedented collection of revolutionary multi-media graphic artists. '72dpi-Anime' is a web design exposition, a virtual art fair.


The Smallest Color by Bill Roorbach

Roorbach is a bona fide, credential-carrying '60s savant, and you can trust his voice to describe the era.


Somehow Form A Family (Stories That Are Mostly True) by Tony Earley

I realize, soon after reading the title essay, I'm not really learning anything of substance about Earley except how he had a crappy TV set and loved 'The Brady Bunch'.


Sign After the X ____ by Marina Roy

Takes us on a journey to x, the land of graphemes, mathematical symbols, and subversive texts.


Running Scared: The Life and Treacherous Times of Las Vegas Casino King Steve Wynn by John L. Smith

'Running Scared' is a collection of stories and anecdotes that uncovers connections between the mob and corporate America in Las Vegas. It is a striking, detailed look at the life of the man who made Vegas 'family-friendly.'"


Race, Rock, and Elvis by Michael T. Bertrand

What is there to say about Elvis Presley that hasn't already been said? Well, how about calling him an 'organic intellectual'? I don't remember that one from my uncle's fanzine collection.


Rave America: New School Dancescapes by Mireille Silcott

Much like punk, rave disciples argue over whether it was developed on America's shining shores first or across the sea in England's dance halls. With rave, the answer is the same as punk's: Neither. Both punk and rave mostly got their initial start in the same place, namely, New York City.


Rock ‘Til You Drop: The Decline from Rebellion to Nostalgia by John Strausbaugh

The author believes rock music to be necessarily an evanescent form of statement. 'Here today, gone later today' should be, he states, 'the motto of all rock bands. The shelf life of rock credibility is too short for it to be a lifetime career.'"


RE>LA>VIR by Jan Ramjerdi

Jan Ramjerdi has created chaotic pages (both visually and ideologically) that reinforce the narrative of sexual violence, and that insist on a constant and almost debilitating anxiety . . . I had chills for hours.


Remember Me To Harlem: The Letters of Langston Hughes and Carl Van Vechten, 1925-1964 by Emily Bertr

When Hughes met Carlo (as he calls him), the older man held a unique position as the link between Harlem and the wider literary world. Within two years Van Vechten had made the fatal mistake of entitling his exotic novel of Harlem life 'Nigger Heaven'. It was to haunt him to the grave and beyond.


Print the Legend: The Life and Times of John Ford by Scott Eyman

'Print the Legend' gives the curious reader a bird's-eye view of the man who helped shape the world of cinema and the way we perceive the history of his beloved United States.


A Place Called Vatmaar by A. H. M. Scholtz

...is a positive, moving, real account of the complex and streetwise creature that constitutes the mavericks in South African society: the people who are given untenable circumstances but who use them wisely and creatively in constructing a life.


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