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Sunday, January 1 1995

The Hero’s Walk by Anita Rau Badami

[Expatriate Indian] writers -- among others -- cannot write as 'South Asians' or about India without encountering controversies over authenticity that push and prod the author to define, albeit reluctantly, a national identity. Perhaps the only way to truly answer the question of identity is by refusing to answer at all, or answering only with the condition that the interrogator be thoroughly comfortable with hyphens.


The Holocaust’s Ghost: Writings on Art, Politics, Law and Education by F.C. DeCoste and Bernard Schw

After many generations of being inculcated with 'real' television and movie reels, we have found the Holocaust equivalent to less than fiction - a reified historical memory that frequently appears in our lives through various media outlets and forms, but little more.


Hell’s Kitchen by Chris Niles

Niles applies her brilliant one-liners to play havoc with are our pop-culture silliness.


History of Suicide: Voluntary Death in Western Culture by Georges Minois

While it sure isn't beach reading, Georges Minois's 'History of Suicide' isn't nearly as dark nor depressing a book as one might think. Which isn't necessarily a good thing.


The Haunted Smile: The Story of Jewish Comedians in America by Lawrence Epstein

Even as Jews were earnestly absorbing American life, they were twisting popular culture to reflect their own fear of alienation.


Habeas Codfish: Reflections on Food and the Law by Barry M. Levenson

Most of the people here in Madison are like everyone else in the state: Packer lovin', Milwaukee avoidin', fried cheese curd eatin' 'Sconsinites, and that's that.


Heart of the Old Country by Tim McLoughlin

Tim McLoughlin's 'Heart of the Old Country' exposes the soul inside the seamy underbelly of New York. It's a gritty slice of life drawn from McLoughlin's experiences, as he reveals in an interview with 'PopMatters'.


High Drama in Fabulous Toledo by Lily James

The central unifier involves a computer programmer who leaves the Novell basement of Unix realtime and attempts to blend into corporate culture, thinking the 1950s ideal man is what he needs to emulate. Knowing he is socially illiterate, he figures the only way to acquire a wife is by taking a woman hostage. [Review and interview with Lily James, author of 'High Drama in Fabulous Toledo'].


Greatest Hits, 1975-2000 by Joel E. Chace

[T]he mystery becomes, really, two mysteries: how someone so apparently skilled and dedicated to a life of writing poetry can fall so far; and second, why?"


Glued to the Tube: The Diary of My Week in TV Hell. 200 Channels, No Escape by Bill Brownstein

There are more painful pursuits of a week's time than sitting with a 200-channel television from the early rays of the morning to the dark crevices of twilight.


Girl Beside Him by Cris Mazza

The dialogue is fast-paced, the narrative engages the reader, and Mazza rarely dwells on minute details. She also gives the reader a chance to feel superior to her characters by creating a group that is as emotionally evolved as a concrete chicken.


Generation Fetish by Lee Higgs; The Beauty of Fetish Vol II by Steve Diet Goedde; Secret Space: The

Bondage is represented in many images, but as an adornment and an enhancement rather than as a means of subjection and degradation. Kenneth Tynan, the English theatre critic, and a lifelong devotee of bondage and sado-masochism, remarked that pain is not, as Freud assumed, the masochist's source of pleasure: it is the unpleasant but necessary side effect of fully embodying a masochistic fantasy.


Gracefully Insane: The Rise and Fall of America’s Premier Mental Hospital by Alex Beam

How can a book about mental hospitals and wacky rock stars/geniuses be anything 'but' interesting?"


GoTo by Steve Lohr

The story of computer languages is really the story of rock 'n' roll. It's the story of the exodus out from under the iron fist of early computing Rat Pack.


Gunman’s Rhapsody by Robert B. Parker

Next time Robert B. Parker decides to time-travel, especially when mucking about with mythology, he'd be well-advised to bring his 'old' shooting-irons with him.


The Ghastly One. The Sex-Gore Netherworld of Filmmaker Andy Milligan by Jimmy McDonough

Jimmy McDonough at one point describes Andy Milligan as 'one of those creatures who ride the midnight train, come from the land of the screaming skulls.' Even though we may not wish to take a journey on that vehicle or experience the territory from where it came, the ride is one I will not soon forget.


Fool’s Gold by Jane S. Smith

PULL.


Freakshow: Misadventures in the Counter-culture by Albert Goldman

By the end of an absorbing piece, Goldman concludes that rock acts 'like a magnet, drawing into its field a host of heterogeneous materials that has fallen quickly into patterns. No other cultural force in modern times has possessed its power of synthesis'.


PopMatters Books Review - University of Illinois Press: French Film Guides

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