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Sunday, January 1 1995

Sewing Shut My Eyes by Lance Olsen

It truly is 'an avant-pop anti-spectacle' -- that is, something perfectly ordinary.


Speech! Speech! by Geoffrey Hill

For the most part the book has a kind of messy music, and such brilliant juxtapositions of language, that more than thrice I felt like Emily Dickinson, like the top of my head had just been taken off.


Some Assembly Required by George Bradley

Who else but George Bradley would dare use a phrase such as 'which for the nonce' without looking around for a volley of tomatoes? Who else but Bradley would dare use a noun like 'naïf' and keep a straight face?"


The Snow Train by Joseph Cummins

We need to take the lesson that Cummins' offers us: Peace of mind can come from accepting the transition to adulthood. When we begin to think about others and about the history of our actions, we can make peace with ourselves and with the world around us.


Sixties Rock: Garage, Psychedelic & Other Satisfactions by Michael Hicks

In his efforts to define the very building blocks of this music, [Michael Hicks] has stripped it of its vitality and power, although it is perversely impressive to witness Hicks analyse something so primal as Mick Jagger's vocal stylings.


Saving Louisiana? The Battle for Coastal Wetlands by Bill Streever

Scientists have a singular function, to write papers that are printed in 'Science' and 'Nature'. That is about it. But in this context, the scientists live and work in the environment they study, and their laboratory is sinking beneath their feet. They are immersed in the problem by definition.


Spider-Man Confidential: From Comic Icon to Hollywood Hero by Edward Gross

Gross adds nothing new to a story known by anyone with even a passing interest in comics.


Science or Psuedoscience: Magnetic Healing, Psychic Phenomena, and Other Heterodoxies by Henry H. Ba

Bauer's comparisons are thought-provoking and explain some of the dilemmas of anomalistics. Science depends on reproducibility. Anomalistics is the study of things that do not repeat.


Synthetic Bi Products by Sparrow L. Patterson

it just winds up in places much like the teenage world of boredom and struggle for meaning that the novel depicts.


Surrealist Painters and Poets - An Anthology by Mary Ann Caws

This weighty volume has the potential to prove a significant milestone in the appreciation and understanding of that familiar yet much-maligned phenomenon, Surrealism. Beautifully produced, it works in the way the best anthologies should. Well-known pieces take on a new life when placed alongside unknown items and, vast as the collection is, you end up wishing for more.


72dpi-Anime by Edited by Robert Klanten, Hendrik Helige, and Birga Meyer

Far-out publisher Die Gestalten Verlag has created an unprecedented collection of revolutionary multi-media graphic artists. '72dpi-Anime' is a web design exposition, a virtual art fair.


The Smallest Color by Bill Roorbach

Roorbach is a bona fide, credential-carrying '60s savant, and you can trust his voice to describe the era.


Somehow Form A Family (Stories That Are Mostly True) by Tony Earley

I realize, soon after reading the title essay, I'm not really learning anything of substance about Earley except how he had a crappy TV set and loved 'The Brady Bunch'.


Sign After the X ____ by Marina Roy

Takes us on a journey to x, the land of graphemes, mathematical symbols, and subversive texts.


Running Scared: The Life and Treacherous Times of Las Vegas Casino King Steve Wynn by John L. Smith

'Running Scared' is a collection of stories and anecdotes that uncovers connections between the mob and corporate America in Las Vegas. It is a striking, detailed look at the life of the man who made Vegas 'family-friendly.'"


Race, Rock, and Elvis by Michael T. Bertrand

What is there to say about Elvis Presley that hasn't already been said? Well, how about calling him an 'organic intellectual'? I don't remember that one from my uncle's fanzine collection.


Rave America: New School Dancescapes by Mireille Silcott

Much like punk, rave disciples argue over whether it was developed on America's shining shores first or across the sea in England's dance halls. With rave, the answer is the same as punk's: Neither. Both punk and rave mostly got their initial start in the same place, namely, New York City.


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