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Thursday, December 26 2002

Chicago (2002)

Watching Chicago is rather like watching a shot-for-TV music video by a neophyte director projected without thought or re-cutting straight to a movie screen.


Catch Me If You Can (2002)

Steven Spielberg's zippy new film is about the kind of 'truth' that might only be apprehended in its telling.


Monday, December 23 2002

‘Til Tuesday: Welcome Home

Before I say a word about my choice for “Favorite Album of All Time”, I feel I should add that my selection comes with an


Buddy Holly: Reminiscing

It’s 1963, England is slowly wrenching itself from the slumber of the ‘never-had-it-so-good’ post-war era, and youth is finding its feet not as little replicas


Blonde Redhead: Melody of Certain Damaged Lemons

In the end, I was a damaged lemon in need of healing, and Blonde Redhead’s album offered me an empathetic treatment for my sadness. What a release.


The Pro

The truth, as Ennis sees it, is that these superheroes, and the escapist mentality they represent, are obsolete.


Hellfire and Brimstone

That's what this latest arc is all about: the ever-changing landscape of teenage relationships and instant celebrity status.


The Last Man

Takes a rather simple, and not entirely new, post-apocalyptic idea, and brings it into fresh territory.


You Shall Know Our Velocity by Dave Eggers

I have mixed feelings about Dave Eggers. I stay up at night thinking about it.


The Spirit of Family by Al and Tipper Gore

Many of the photos are reminiscent of the Work Projects Administration (WPA) Federal Arts Project from 1936-1942.


Quiver by Stephanie Spinner

Stephanie Spinner's 'Quiver' is not just a good book for young readers, it's a stepping stone to Greek mythology.


The Ice Cream Headache by James Jones

The works of James Jones should be required reading in time of impending war.


Bombay-London-New York by Amitava Kumar

Indian fiction, long confined to the coffee tables of Indian expatriates, has now entered mainstream publishing in an understated, but determined manner.


Thursday, December 19 2002

Various Artists: Songs in the Key of Z: The Curious Universe of Outsider Music, Volumes 1 and 2

When you consider the various talent levels in the world of popular music, it might look something like this, in descending order: the legends, the


Various Artists: Urban Renewal Program

The city—in my case New York City—is not a passive setting. One doesn’t simply move through it on the way to work.


Various Artists: Pure Slow Jams

The late Melvin Lindsey was an intern at Howard University’s WHUR in 1976, when the station’s programming director gave him the go ahead to


Yohimbe Brothers: Front End Lifter

I gather that many people felt Living Colour was groundbreaking simply by virtue of having African-Americans fronting a metal band. All I remember about them


Stickfigure: Ape of the Kings

Does fame and reputation in one field help or hinder a burgeoning career elsewhere? This is the nagging question behind the music with this recent


Röyksopp: Melody A.M.

Aside from the obvious comparisons to Air, or any other European down-tempo impresario, they wear their affection for pure pop sound producing on their parkas.


L.L. Cool J: 10

L.L. is at his best when the chips are down. That’s always been the pattern. He grew up poor and scared and ambitious


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