Wednesday, July 24 2002
About Ben Marcus there is so much to be discussed but nothing, really, to be explained.
a vivid world where floods are described as 'gray soup,' a woman's bound breasts as 'small, withered, modest as folded flowers,' pansies as having 'the faces of spoiled babies,' and horses as having coats of 'brutal velvet.'"
Perhaps it's stereotypical, but men who drink American beer and watch football aren't even supposed to read books, much less write them. Magnuson, however, has bucked the stereotype. He is a regular blue-collar guy, but he's also a damn good fiction writer.
As a comprehensive anthology, 'A Reader' has wired into its DNA the tendency to deflect attention from the subject at hand in order to illuminate by refraction the face of the writer.
The poster child of tell-all, slam-the-bastard, blame-anyone-but-yourself books.
It is clear that her enthusiasm for life has influenced her enthusiasm for writing and medicine. The reader of 'As I Live and Breathe' will likely finish the book with a newfound appreciation for illness, medicine, and life in general.
Tuesday, July 23 2002
September 1984: It’s my freshman year in college; I’m lonely, I feel out of place, I’m 2,500 miles from my Oregon home, etc., you’
After two years of cutting singles for Buddha Records, the Trammps formed their own label in 1975, which they named Golden Fleece. A short time later,
It’s Robert Pollard’s world; we just live in it. Widely known as the highly prolific singer-songwriter for indie-rock heroes Guided By Voices, Pollard
Monday, July 22 2002
Some people when they hear the words ‘Rough Guide’ perhaps think of travelogues. In addition to books, however, the company also produces and distributes sonic
Call me shallow, but the cover art of Loss almost kept me from buying the thing. Nevermind the obsequious musings from the British press prominently
Break all the records . . . burn the cassettes . . . It’s 1982. The United States (and the world at large) is adjusting to the next phase of the
Although he is a mainstay of smooth jazz charts and radio schedules, Jeff Golub belongs to one of the genre’s precursors rather than the
When you think of Icelandic bands, slowly the main claim to fame of Björk and The Sugarcubes starts to recede in favor of
Finding new talent is always a personal celebration for me but when that talent finds me, it’s even more an endorsement of why I’
For some 35 years, Neil Diamond has been the people’s singer. From his early days as a Brill Building songwriter-for-hire, to his still-yearly presence in
Edited by R. T. Smith Washington & Lee University Published quarterly, 1 year, $22; 2 years, $40; 3 years, $54. Speaking the Mother Tongue of Art Literary journals in the United
We discover new aspects about sex and female pleasure in nearly every episode of Sex and the City.
The label 'sitcom' is a misrepresentation. 'Meet the Marks' lacks comedy.
Sketch comedy with loose rules and borders, intermixing live sketches with filmed bits.