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Thursday, June 27 2002

Faunal by Peter Reading

His misanthropy is always legitimised by a political motivation (in the case of this book, a kind of anarchic eco-awareness), so it never quite veers into the ranting to which it nevertheless approximates.


Destroy: Sex Pistols 1977 byDennis Morris

The Sex Pistols staged a reunion in 1996 that met with mixed reviews and are scheduled to reform this summer. Both comebacks have prompted the question 'How can you do a Sex Pistols show without Sid Vicious'"


Can’t Be Satisfied. The Life and Times of Muddy Waters by Robert Gordon

Gordon brings to his subject a fan's admiration for the music without abandoning a historian's dedication to detail. His language is rich and evocative, particularly when he conjures up the sound of one of Muddy's most famous works.


The Black Veil: A Memoir With Digressions by Rick Moody

The book itself, eschewing the traditional memoir's approach to laying out the facts and hoping -- simply by the act of writing -- to come to terms with a life, makes no claim at understanding, or for that matter, judgment.


About the Author by John Colapinto

In Cal Cunningham, Colapinto has created a character so urbanely amoral and artlessly adept at deception of self and others that he could have stepped out of the pages of 'The Portrait of Dorian Gray'.


Alfred H. Barr, Jr. and the Intellectual Origins of the Museum of Modern Art by Sybil Gordon Kantor

Because modern art is really about modern humanity's struggle to overcome the artistic prisons of the past and you need to know that.


20 Million Miles to Earth (1957)

The only real knock on '20 Million Miles to Earth' is one that more or less dogged Harryhausen throughout his career: his creations are more animate and sometimes infinitely more interesting than their live actor costars.


Teenage Caveman (2001)

Think Troma's 'Toxic Avenger' or Full Moon's 'Puppetmaster' with naked teenagers and you're there.


Pumpkin (2002)

PULL.


Mr. Deeds (2002)

It's all a saggy, inept mess. And it really makes you long for Michael Keaton and 'The Banana Boat Song'.


Hey Arnold! The Movie (2002)

This is The City, so often viewed as anonymous and unfriendly, especially in children's programming, at its best.


Gosford Park (2001)

It is clear about what it is, a study of affect that is also affected.


The Devil’s Backbone (2001)

Where [the ghost] becomes a relatively benign presence for Carlos and the other boys ['The Devil's Backbone'], the same cannot be said for the living adults.


Wednesday, June 26 2002

X: More Fun in the New World

About a year ago, Rhino Records, a label that specializes in keeping ignored and overlooked rock and roll music in print, started reissuing albums recorded


The Who: The Ultimate Collection

I have deep reservations about recommending any sort of “greatest hits” packaging. Perhaps for old-time country, folk, blues, and early R&B the story


The Temptations: For Lovers Only

Aside from wondering how much money it cost to re-issue an album for the sake of one interesting bonus track several years after the album’


Orbital: Back to Mine

The Back to Mine mix CD series, from DMC Records, lets artists from the electronic genre (like Everything But the Girl, Groove Armada and Morcheeba)


Masters of the Hemisphere: Protest a Dark Anniversary

If being wildly prolific were the sole mark of greatness, Bren Mead and Sean Rawls would be household names as geniuses of pop composition. As


Peter Murphy: Dust

When a former member of Bauhaus, arguably one of the greatest goth bands of all time (certainly the most-cited when it comes to naming a


Cheap Trick: At Budokan

Cheap Trick at Budokan must surely qualify as one of the music industry’s biggest cash cows. It was originally released in 1978, a couple years


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