Friday, October 25 2013
A.N Wilson's The Elizabethans is a very readable history, despite the author's inability to get out of his own way.
Thursday, December 12 2013
Cover to cover, Fan Phenomena: Buffy the Vampire Slayer is a solid collection, well rounded, well researched, and written in an accessible tone.
Wednesday, December 11 2013
It takes a complex writer to capture the complexity of Roger Waters, and to shine light on what we admire and dislike about this musical genius.
In the contest of character, Camus bests Sartre time and time again.
Tuesday, December 10 2013
Anything That Moves pushes past Bourdanian blood and guts to challenge commonly held ideas of edibility: bugs, ant larvae, “hornless goat” (dog), and tailless whip scorpion.
More than a canonical list, Rosebud Sleds and Horses' Heads is the author's trip with the movie objects that shaped him.
Monday, December 9 2013
Near the conclusion of The Pleasure's All Mine: A History of Perverse Sex, this cultural historian of sexuality wonders if any taboos are left.
It’s always tough to criticize a memoir – this is someone’s life after all, so show a little respect – but it’s also necessary.
Friday, December 6 2013
Doctor Who: The Vault: Treasures from the First 50 Years offers a visual treasure trove and plenty of history for even the most devout Whovian.
Thursday, December 5 2013
Ivan Klíma emphasizes moral dilemmas in spare, simple prose, shorn of philosophical digressions; as his autobiography demonstrates, Klíma avoids cant or cliché.
Caroline Norton is a little known woman who arguably changed the world. Author and scholar Diane Atkinson explains how.
Wednesday, December 4 2013
American journalist Max Lerner claimed "to reject the word is to reject the human search." Under the Third Reich, the book industry faced its own destruction, leaving the people with empty words bursting with Nazi propaganda.
This new collection of critical essays on Twin Peaks has bright moments, but suffers from poor curation.
Tuesday, December 3 2013
Jethro Tull is one of progressive rock's longest-running bands. But is it progressive rock? If not, Ian Anderson and Co. have some explaining to do when it comes to Thick as a Brick and Passion Play.
This is a fascinating book about a murky time in American history, pre-Civil War, when race politics was catch as catch can.
Monday, December 2 2013
If you're a customer, the Walmart of online retailers loves you. If you're a competitor or an employee, not so much.
Dirty Love’s four linked novellas examine the ways we fail one another in love, in all the old-fashioned ways: lies, adultery, criticism, betrayals, booze.
Wednesday, November 27 2013
Deborah Solomon’s incisive biography shows us a hitherto unseen side of the celebrated illustrator—one that’s complex, neurotic and darker than the images of breezy Americana that he made famous.
Tuesday, November 26 2013
It doesn’t seem enough that our conversations about pop culture only take one of two opposing poles: how it corrupts people totally and leads to “moral problems” and solipsism, or how it provides means of “agency” and “empowerment” and new ways of envisioning freedom.
Monday, November 25 2013
Graham Nash has always seemed like an affable dude, but his personality grates rather quickly in this mercifully short memoir.