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Wednesday, February 12 2003

Sifting Through the Madness for the Word, the Line, the Way by Charles Bukowski

'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.


Our Land Before We Die: The Proud Story of the Seminole Negro by Jeff Guinn

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.


Ignorance by Milan Kundera

The story is interesting in the cultural context the author provides but, ultimately, it fails to satisfy on a deeper level.


I Want That!: How We All Became Shoppers by Thomas Hine

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.


Genuine Authentic: The Real Life of Ralph Lauren by Michael Gross

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 Bitch in the House: 26 Women Tell the Truth about Sex, Solitude, Work, Motherhood, and Marriage

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

Various Artists: Now That’s What I Call Music, Volume 11

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Joe Zawinul: Faces & Places

As a composer, Zawinul somehow manages to incorporate exotic elements from the music of other cultures into his work without relying on clichés.


Zelienople: Pajama Avenue

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Andy Partridge: Fuzzy Warbles, Vol. 1 / Fuzzy Warbles, Vol. 2

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.


Morphine: The Best of Morphine 1992-1995

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The Kahumoku Brothers: Sweet and Sassy

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Ed James: Poprocket

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The Folk Implosion: The New Folk Implosion

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Free: The Best of Free: The Millennium Collection

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The Clean: Anthology

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Monday, February 10 2003

Footballers’ Wive$ / Serious and Organised

Events at Earl's Park tend to be broadly soap operatic.


The Office

The humor [of 'The Office'] is as dry as vermouth; next to it, the 'Dilbert' comic strip is 'The Man Show'.


Oz

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.


American Idol 2

During the first episodes this season, Cowell was, in his own words, 'bored,' which made him rather boring to watch.


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