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Wednesday, July 24 2002

Dave Alvin and the Guilty Men

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Shakey: Neil Young’s Biography by Jimmy McDonough

Nearly half of Shakey's 738 pages of text are devoted to the 1970s, and while some readers may find McDonough's attention to detail frustrating, fans of Young's music will be fascinated with the account of Young's most productive decade, from Everybody Knows This is Nowhere to Rust Never Sleeps.


Staying Alive: real poems for unreal times by Neil Astley (editor)

This new anthology from Bloodaxe is a marvel of editorial skill and taste, offering 500 modern poems by diverse writers as a demonstration of the efficacy of poetry in the modern world.


The Pirate Hunter: The True Story of Captain Kidd by Richard Zacks

In today's world Kidd would have been the unwitting scapegoat for the Enron fiasco, allowing everyone else to get away Scot-free while he rotted in prison.


The Father Costume and Notable American Women by Ben Marcus

About Ben Marcus there is so much to be discussed but nothing, really, to be explained.


The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse by Louise Erdrich

a vivid world where floods are described as 'gray soup,' a woman's bound breasts as 'small, withered, modest as folded flowers,' pansies as having 'the faces of spoiled babies,' and horses as having coats of 'brutal velvet.'"


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

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The Trammps: self-titled

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Guided By Voices: Universal Truths and Cycles

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Monday, July 22 2002

Various Artists: The Rough Guide to Delta Blues

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Mull Historical Society: Loss

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Billy Joel: The Nylon Curtain

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Jeff Golub: Do It Again

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The Funerals: Pathetic Me

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The Dent: Neurotica

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

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