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Wednesday, October 16 2002

Pleased to See Me: 69 Very Sexy Poems by Neil Astley (ed.)

Neil Astley has collected together a sequence of poems that represent the range of ways that modern poets have addressed the questions of love, sex and their place in poetry.


One Nation Under Gods: A History of the Mormon Church by Richard Abanes

The Mormons comprise a significant part of this country's 'religious right,' or 'Moral Majority' as it is sometimes called. For those who don't consider themselves to be part of this group, it is fascinating to see once again how politics makes for some very strange bedfellows. And for those who do identify with the movement, it should be worthwhile to find out exactly who you 'are' in bed with.


The Impressionist by Hari Kunzru

Kunzru is trendy and hybrid himself (father Indian-Kashmiri, mother English) considering the firm grip that Indian writers have over the literary market. The Impressionist is really more of a British novel than an Indian one as is apparent in the writing.


Crossing Brooklyn Ferry: A Novel by Jennifer Fields

OK. Your book is ready and saved. Would you like to create another novel?"


Tuesday, October 15 2002

Secret Garden: Once in a Red Moon

Secret Garden has danced on a thin line between authentic Celtic and Scandinavian-inspired music and flaccid, new age claptrap for their entire existence. Thanks to


Sucka MCs: Da Album

Recently, I experienced a crisis about critiquing music. Since my boyfriend is a musician, we frequently have back and forths about bands and music styles.


Scorpions: Bad For Good: The Very Best of Scorpions

I’d like to dedicate this review to Adam Arehart, of the Gamma Chi chapter of Delta Tau Delta. Why, you ask? Because when I


The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band: Will the Circle Be Unbroken Vol. III

It would be easy but unfair to accuse the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band of opportunism with the release of Will the Circle Be Unbroken Vol.


Buddy Miller: Midnight and Lonesome

Remember those miners that were trapped in Pennsylvania a couple of months ago? I hope you haven’t forgotten them or the people that rescued


Elk City: Hold Tight the Ropes

Okay, okay, so Elk City doesn’t really sound all that much like Television, but the above comparison is as good as any to get a handle on the great music that this beguiling NYC trio create.


The Bangs: Call and Response

Yeah I know, it’s a drag to read samey record critics praise the simpleminded rawk or the unadorned fun of yet another samey indie


Robbery Homicide Division

You have to hand it to 'Robbery Homicide Division'. It knows just where it comes from.


MDs

While the two MDs modeled on Pierce and McIntyre lovingly call their hospital 'the Mish' and claim to help those exploited by HMOs, the show mostly focuses on wealthy white doctors and administrators.


The Caroline Rhea Show

Rhea may not have come on with the same bombast that O'Donnell did, but, in a way, that's what makes her a winner.


Boomtown

By playing safe, they might just as easily be playing dead.


Birds of Prey

Follows neither the super-crip model of disability perception, where an individual's 'triumph' over disability is celebrated through public tokenism, nor the common perception of disability merely as an object of pity.


Monday, October 14 2002

The Residents: Demons Dance Alone

The Residents’ first album of entirely new material in five years is being greeted as a return to the pop format explored on previous albums


Reverend Horton Heat: Lucky 7

Once upon a time, the Reverend Horton Heat had a lot of fire. The Reverend was dark, scary, and fearful, mixing the threatening messages of


The Magnetic Fields: The Charm of the Highway Strip

The challenge of confining oneself to choose a single album that is the “best” from one’s collection is an insane project. For most of


Andrea Maxand: Angel Hat

From her earlier days with the Minerals, a Seattle-based indie-pop band, Andrea Maxand continues to forge a small but slowly widening fan base. With the


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