'The Black Notebook' Shows Modianos Undiminished Capacity to Conjure the Magic of Paris

'The Black Notebook' Shows Modiano’s Undiminished Capacity to Conjure the Magic of Paris

By Hans Rollman

Someday, perhaps, a virtual reality headset will achieve something like what Patrick Modiano has done here. 21 Feb 2017 // 7:30 AM

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//Recent Reviews

3 Aug 2006 // 11:00 PM

The Descent (2005)

The crawly cave-beasts keep popping up in sudden soundtrack blasts, but Neil Marshall's half-baked ideas about betrayal and woman's capacity for savagery are simplistic and pretentious.

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Ren & Stimpy: The Lost Episodes

Kricfalusi hopes that sales of the Ren & Stimpy DVDs will lead to a commercial rebirth, giving him the chance to make more episodes and release them on the digital format, untouched and uncensored.

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Primal Scream: Riot City Blues

Riot City Blues sounds like it's been made by a band on rock and roll autopilot. It's a record of pastiche pieces, without the sense of impending danger or collapse that makes truly great rock and roll so thrilling.

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3 Aug 2006 // 11:00 PM

Shawnna: Block Music

Chicago, Illinois, emcee Shawnna strikes again. So can a sista with a couple of hit singles get some love?

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Butch Walker: The Rise and Fall of Butch Walker and the Lets-Go-Out Tonites

This album is the real deal, the shit, a modern masterpiece, and I don't use those terms lightly. It rocks from beginning to end with an arched eyebrow and a steamy sexuality.

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Old 97s: Hit By a Train: The Best of Old 97s

As an introduction to Old 97's, Hit by a Train simply can't be beat.

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Harvey Lindo: Kid Gloves - A Modaji Long Player

Dominic Jacobson takes a swing at hip-hop and scores with this well-balanced, deeply enjoyable treat. So why did Kid Gloves spend 2005 as a Japan-only import?

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The Tango Saloon: The Tango Saloon

You'd expect the descriptor cinematic to be applicable here, and the term certainly fits. The album also evokes a majestic and wide-screened collision between jazz, experimental, and ethnic folk music.

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3 Aug 2006 // 11:00 PM

Brandtson: Hello, Control

At its core, it's a run-of-the-mill Brandtson record, but it's presented with such wide-eyed techno wonder you can't help but feel it creep into your skin a little more than it should.

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Béla Fleck & the Flecktones

Guitar gods are a dime a dozen, but jazz-banjo deities? Of those, there can be only one.

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//Mixed media
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On Truth and Dark Turns in 'Tickled'

// Short Ends and Leader

"The tickling wormhole seems to be getting deeper...

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