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.
Wednesday, July 30 2014
On The Wire is a must-read book for everyone who believes that the HBO series is life-changing fiction of the highest order.
This story carries a huge load of ambition, and carries it with intermittent grace and conviction, but its doesn't carry the children well.
Tuesday, July 29 2014
The story of how Ford Motor Company's assembly-line techniques helped America win WWII, and the behind-the-scenes battles waged in order to get it done.
Monday, July 28 2014
If metal is music’s loudest voice against oppression, then surely Mike "McBeardo" McPadden's is the loudest for obsession.
Utopia or Bust is only a book about utopia if you believe Marxism, in its purest and most evolved form, is a utopian answer to the ills of capitalism.
Thursday, July 24 2014
The Who FAQ brings some entertaining insight into who the hell those guys are.
Wednesday, July 23 2014
This novel plays hopscotch with different genres, and that’s part of its appeal.
Tuesday, July 22 2014
The mud, rain, smoke, fog, and excrement that abounded meant whatever one's rank, the weather and the smells took their toll on one's health, one's clothing, and one's nerves.
Monday, July 21 2014
Exhaustive and thorough, Hisham D. Aidi's study on the Islamic influences in contemporary music is alternately informative and alienating.
Friday, July 18 2014
There are no futuristic weapons or strange beasts in Tarzan: In the City of Gold. With Tarzan, it's just the specter of colonialism and dated views on race.
Thursday, July 17 2014
David Bromwich's Moral Imagination Is an exploration of the relationship between the America national consciousness and political discourse.
Wednesday, July 16 2014
What makes this novel interesting is that it is peppered with a cast of characters who are still living in the past, or are afraid of the future.
Tuesday, July 15 2014
Laura Kasischke's tenth novel is a dark fairytale about the sacrifices of motherhood and of secrets so deep, we learn to keep them even from ourselves.
Monday, July 14 2014
Tiphanie Yanique's debut novel is both a family saga and an unusual love story. It seems likely to become a classic of Caribbean American literature.
Friday, July 11 2014
Should you indulge, I encourage you to pour your favorite tipple, settle into a comfortable chair, open the pages of Proof, and enjoy the "bar moment".
Thursday, July 10 2014
Nothing goes unnoticed in Yelena Akhtiorskaya's satire of an immigrant family, and nothing is sacred.
Wednesday, July 9 2014
Comics Art demonstrates Gravett's deep passion for the world of panels, speech balloons, fine lines and grand colors, subtle shading and transformative images.
Tuesday, July 8 2014
And Man Created God is an impressively detailed and panoramic survey of how power and piety interacted with one another in the increasingly globalized classical world.
Monday, July 7 2014
Famous Baby is fun and funny and a bit flawed, just like its two main characters.