Wednesday, March 5 2003
[Mahmoud Darwish] is a force, undoubtedly the most popular and powerful poet of the Middle East.
The sometime first-person narrator is really just one of dozens of personalities literally shacking up in the head of the protagonist.
[It] takes the cultural confusion, the anachronism that is the New South and with tongue firmly in cheek, describes the region's dwindling pseudo-aristocratic heritage.
Gordy wasn't running a record company; he was running a factory.
He is . . . a skilled writer who infuses a tale of war with warmth, magic and humanity.
This is your quintessential dysfunctional family with intriguing secrets popping up all over the place.
Monday, March 3 2003
Repeatedly underlines, at times subtly and others more plainly, the responsibility of living in a democracy.
Put any man, but especially a pretty man-boy, in a stylized cowboy suit and he's bound to come off looking like one of the Village People. And the Lone Ranger does.
The most important questions Cannibal never addresses are what she (and presumably we) find so compelling about modern cannibal stories, and how our obsession over these stories is directly tied to contemporary culture.
Perhaps the problem with Are You Hot? is that it's too simple-minded even for reality TV.
Sunday, March 2 2003