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Tuesday, May 14 2002

Elvis Costello: When I Was Cruel

A sticker on the front of the CD of Elvis Costello’s new album When I Was Cruel reads “Elvis Costello’s first loud album


Monday, May 13 2002

You Know Better by Tina McElroy Ansa

Though definitely Southern in tone, 'You Know Better' delves into core problems currently plaguing the African-American community across the country. Never mind that Mulberry is a small-town; the issues addressed are rampant from New York to Chicago to Los Angeles.


Spy’s Fate by Arnaldo Correa

Correa's 'Spy's Fate' is a must for any spy novel enthusiast. Beyond this, the book is an important political statement, and being written in a Cuban voice, it is an amazing one.


Movie Love in the Fifties by James Harvey

Harvey wishes to illustrate how by appealing to and then upsetting the kinds of emotional allegiance audiences give to established cinematic conventions, a more complex and compelling kind of affection emerges, one drawn by oddity and extremity and not the tried and true.


Lucky Man: A Memoir by Michael J. Fox

Fox's book is not just another Hollywood cry for attention hidden in the form of an autobiography. Though he may be known primarily for his work as actor, movies and movie making are not why Fox put pen to paper.


Boulevard by Jim Grimsley

The book transcends the basic coming-out narrative by entering into a near fantasy world in which Newell never has to confront society.


Thursday, May 9 2002

Jonathan Richman: Action Packed: The Best of Jonathan Richman

Oh! JoJo. No one with a heart could fail to succumb to the eccentric charms of America’s most sincere songwriter. Probably one of the


Lonesome Bob: Things Change

The first time you listen to Things Change, you start trying to nestle it into neat little categories. It’s straight country. It’s country-rock


Knievel: The Name Rings a Bell That Drowns Out Your Voice

If you’ve never heard the band Knievel, you might think, because of their name, that they’re some kind of flashy, spectacular punk rock


Jon Spencer Blues Explosion: Plastic Fang

After a pretty lengthy hiatus, I’d like to say that the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion are finally ready to talk about the blues again,


Denali: self-titled

Denali’s lead singer, Maura Davis, has an extraordinary voice. When I first heard it live a couple of weeks ago (Denali recently opened for


Will Downing: Sensual Journey

For much of his career, Will Downing has comfortably fit in as the working man’s Luther Vandross. Not given to Vandross’ flair and not


The Beards: Funtown

The Beards are L.A.‘s newest supergroup. Sort of. In an age where the major record companies vertically integrate their artists under the guise


Unfaithful (2002)

Unfaithful examines the trouble men get into when women behave too passionately.


The New Guy (2002)

What the heck is Jermaine Dupre doing here?"


Girls Can’t Swim (2001)

Each event in the girls' lives is presented with a cool, matter-of-fact openness rarely encountered in contemporary American cinema.


Enigma (2001)

There comes a point in 'Enigma' where Jeremy Northam shows up and you feel grateful.


Big Bad Love (2002)

Big Bad Love underlines Barlow's concerns about what it means to be a man.


Wednesday, May 8 2002

Various Artists: Smooth Grooves: After Hours, Cool Down

While Studio 54 remains the quintessential memorial to the disco era and disco perhaps remains one of the most disparaged popular music genres of the last 30


Keller Williams: Laugh

Upon first receiving Keller Williams’ latest album Laugh, I was initially won over by the humorous songs, tasty guitar work, and funky jazz treatments offered


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