Wednesday, February 12 2003
'Regular people' can read and appreciate Bukowski. I doubt scholars will find a distinct identity in each successive volume of his posthumous work, but that doesn't seem terribly unusual to me.
Records the tale of a people who are at the intersection of the two groups most terrorized and abused during American's colonial and post-colonial history.
The story is interesting in the cultural context the author provides but, ultimately, it fails to satisfy on a deeper level.
As I sit here in a fabulous new pair of striped, sparkly, 1972 polyester pants and a furry-collared shirt with dachshunds racing across the sleeves, I wonder what my shopping habits say about me in the context of these words from cultural critic Thomas Hine's newest book.
It doesn't really matter whether you believe he's a fashion genius or the world's luckiest tie salesman, because anyone who has read the book on Ralph Lauren knows that he's both, in addition to something else: an ice-cold businessman with a heart of steel.
The bottom line is: at this moment in history, a somber one, to say the least, when there are so many serious global and national issues and egregious injustices to be addressed, does the American woman really want to be bitching (yes, bitching) about who does the dishes.
Tuesday, February 11 2003
As a composer, Zawinul somehow manages to incorporate exotic elements from the music of other cultures into his work without relying on clichés.
For fans of Andy Partridge and his music, these first two Fuzzy Warbles are a wonderful way to pass the time until the next official XTC release.
Monday, February 10 2003
Events at Earl's Park tend to be broadly soap operatic.
The humor [of 'The Office'] is as dry as vermouth; next to it, the 'Dilbert' comic strip is 'The Man Show'.
No other fiction show has offered such a frighteningly realistic look inside our nation's prisons or so openly debated their moral and social obligations.
During the first episodes this season, Cowell was, in his own words, 'bored,' which made him rather boring to watch.