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Wednesday, July 24 2002

Lummox: The Evolution of Man by Mike Magnuson

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.


A Jacques Barzun Reader: Selections from his Works by Michael Murray, Editor

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.


Boat Bastard: A Love/Hate Memoir by Deborah van Rooyen

The poster child of tell-all, slam-the-bastard, blame-anyone-but-yourself books.


As I Live and Breathe, Notes of a Patient-Doctor by Jamie Weisman, M.D.

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

Violent Femmes: self-titled

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’


The Trammps: self-titled

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,


Guided By Voices: Universal Truths and Cycles

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

Various Artists: The Rough Guide to Delta Blues

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


Mull Historical Society: Loss

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


Billy Joel: The Nylon Curtain

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


Jeff Golub: Do It Again

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


The Funerals: Pathetic Me

When you think of Icelandic bands, slowly the main claim to fame of Björk and The Sugarcubes starts to recede in favor of


The Dent: Neurotica

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’


Neil Diamond: Play Me: The Complete Uni Studio Recordings . . . Plus!

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


Shenandoah: The Washington and Lee Unviersity Review

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


Sex and the City

We discover new aspects about sex and female pleasure in nearly every episode of Sex and the City.


Meet the Marks

The label 'sitcom' is a misrepresentation. 'Meet the Marks' lacks comedy.


Mr. Show with Bob and David: The Complete First and Second Seasons

Sketch comedy with loose rules and borders, intermixing live sketches with filmed bits.


Monk

If the energy and originality of the storylines catch up with Monk and Sharon's dynamic, the series can only improve.


Donahue

Donahue was visibly overwhelmed by the venom and ferocity of the guests' attacks against one another.


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