Sunday, January 1 1995
Laura Kipnis’ Bound and Gagged dares to deconstruct the most reviled sub-genre of popular culture by looking into the dark heart of pornography and exposing
His inclination to pursue ideas about bird and dinosaur evolution takes Grady deeply into the literature and the history of ideas. Grady explores why the Victorian mind, believing that God created the physical world whole and complete, was as disturbed about the idea of extinction as the idea of evolution.
Broadway, the Golden Years: Jerome Robbins and the Great Choreographer-Directors 1940 to the Present
The theater writer must, if he or she does nothing else, portray the performance so that it comes vividly alive in the readers minds eye, whether the portrait is flattering or not.
A world where only two people have telephones is pretty useless. A world where a million people are all connected to a central telephone exchange is a gold mine.
Rather than succumb to the crisis of identity suffered by the everyman, the ordinary person, Anne Tyler's novels contain characters who come to grips with the consequences of their choices and learn to appreciate their own reality, who begin to feel good in their own skin.
...the poems themselves read like flash fiction, suspended moments and strident glimpses into the past as well as intrepid contemplation of the future.
'Body Bizarre, Body Beautiful' is an MTV snapshot with bright colors and extended background layouts. It's mostly show and little content, belying the fact that beauty, as well as the reasons people feel for changing their bodies, is anything but skin deep.
The world finds fulfillment in beauty, is content to trace the outside of the package and forfeit all else. But there is a toll: unprofitable love culminates in anguish.
Transported by a magical blend of metaphor, illumination, and synergy, the plot drives forward down highways of illusion, twisting and turning through an elusive landscape of the bizarre.
One suspects that a simple summary of what the book is 'about' will entirely miss the point; DeLillo's interest lies elsewhere, in the silences and gaps between words, in death and absence.
Bluegrass Odyssey: A Documentary in Pictures and Words, 1966-86 by Carl Fleischhauer and Neil V. Ros
'Bluegrass Odyssey' is more a family album of a small group of entertainers and their quest for acceptance in the turbulent days of the Sixties, Seventies, and Eighties than an in-depth exploration of one of America's favorite musical genres.
The Business of Books: How International Conglomerates Took Over Publishing and Changed the Way We R
Ideas, Schiffrin writes [in 'The Business of Books'], are of paramount importance, and if publishers focus on making money to the exclusion of intellectualism, then we're all in big trouble.
Ostensibly it centers around Bockris' thesis that in the Seventies the survivors of the Beat Generation owed their resurgence to the vitality of punk, which had been, in turn, inspired by the Beats.
Burroughs Live: The Collected Interviews of William S. Burroughs, 1960-1997 Edited by Sylvere Lotrin
He is one of those rare writers who, both in his work and his life, has defied easy categorization and demanded constant reassessment. Though he was a close friend of Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsburg, and their crowd, he was never a Beat Generation writer. Neither a poet nor a Buddhist, Burroughs was less concerned with achieving inner harmony than with generating chaos, developing his theories of agencies of control and searching for ways to dismantle them.
'And what greater contrast is there than placing self-indulgent hatred and disgust right beside profound love and understanding?' R.P. Moore shows us both sides of ourselves in a unique way, in a book destined to become a classic.
. . . the main thrust of his study argued to allow a queer reading of the hero's adventures.
...a pleasant diversion if deadpan satire is your thing.
When saxman Charlie Parker visited Paris in 1949, he was introduced to Jean-Paul Sartre, one of the godfathers of existential thought. 'I'm very glad to have met you,' the musician told the philosopher. 'I like your playing very much.'"
We have the art itself, but we also have the honest, unflinching gaze into his own fear, his own darkness, and it is this gaze that makes it hard not to empathize with him: here is a man who can make art out of his own shadow.