Identity Is a Provocative Spectre Throughout Noel Malcolm's 'Agents of Empire'

Identity Is a Provocative Spectre Throughout Noel Malcolm's 'Agents of Empire'

By Jordan Penney

In Noel Malcolm's important microhistory, we encounter complex individuals who appear resistant to simple categories, generalizations, or identifications. 24 Mar 2017 // 2:14 AM

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29 Nov 2006 // 3:02 AM

Day Break

You might say this day is refigured in Brett's own body, frequently bloodied -- cut, beaten, shot -- and something of an objective corollary for his psychic state.

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The Awkward Stage: Heaven Is for Easy Girls

With smart lyrics, thoughtful arrangements, lots of hooks, and an early autumn mood, Heaven Is for Easy Girls is a sure winner for lovers of indie pop everywhere.

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29 Nov 2006 // 1:00 AM

FM3 and Dou Wei: Hou Guan Yin

Could we really have been expecting them to top the Buddha Machine?

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28 Nov 2006 // 11:00 PM

Donna the Buffalo

Donna the Buffalo's Tara Nevins is a soulful singer-songwriter, one that could stand alongside better-known talents like Stevie Nicks, Sheryl Crow, and the Dixie Chicks any day.

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28 Nov 2006 // 11:00 PM

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You need more than just dub to differentiate yourself from the host of Australian hip hoppers making CDs in their b-e-drooms.

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Jeff Beck: Truth and Beck-Ola

The liner notes to these reissues find Beck to be proud, combative, honest, and reflective -- pretty much a parallel to the often fierce music on these seminal albums.

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28 Nov 2006 // 9:00 PM

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An all too lightweight release from a so-called supergroup.

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28 Nov 2006 // 9:00 PM

Against the Day by Thomas Pynchon

Thomas Pynchon requires commitment.

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28 Nov 2006 // 9:00 PM

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The Fountain worries too much about crafting its symbols... to have time for Tom and Izzi's lives.

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Copping Free by Matthew Carnahan

Quinn is just too perfect to be a true noir hero.

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'Steep' Loves Its Mountains

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"SSX wanted you to fight its mountains, Steep wants you to love its mountains.

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