Monday, September 16 2013
If one of the main jobs of a writer is to entertain the reader, then Taylor gives us a literary circus act in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Heaven.
Friday, September 13 2013
What Do Women Want? is fascinating, with the author's well-polished prose and affective curiosity justifying its place as one of the most talked-about books of the year, sexy title aside.
Thursday, September 12 2013
From same-sex divorce to what makes a good parent, Margaret Klaw explains it all in Keeping It Civil: The Case of the Pre-Nup and the Porsche & Other True Accounts from the Files of a Family Lawyer.
These journals reveal what a comfort writing was to Susan Sontag in the face of her loneliness.
Wednesday, September 11 2013
The jam band scene may be one of the most diverse in the US, though many tend to paint Disco Biscuits with the Grateful Dead's brush. This volume clears some of that up.
There is no easy one-page answer to the question of “What is a Superhero?” because there are just too many definitions for any one scholar to unfold. How about a collective of scholars from no less an institution than the Oxford University Press?
Tuesday, September 10 2013
In Margaret Atwood's final trilogy installment, MaddAddam, humanity, in all its permutations, is finally moving forward. Love is still possible, and not just for the young.
From Plato to The Bloodhound Gang, this fascinating compilation explores the law with a sense of humor.
Monday, September 9 2013
It's remarkable how little Eurovision has changed since it began 57 years ago, especially when the substantial changes to Europe are considered.
Viewed through the lens of economic theory, climate change doesn't look so bad. Or does it?
Friday, September 6 2013
Excellent writing from Rick Moody, Peter Case, Jim DeRogatis, and the man formerly known as John Wesley Harding. All on the subject of prog.
Thursday, September 5 2013
Kathryn Davis' admirable prose and striking imagery is not enough to anchor Duplex to a fixed point in the space-time continuum.
This collection is little more than a taste of the renowned epic, but it's a mighty spicy taste, nonetheless.
Wednesday, September 4 2013
While this does not prove that literature makes all of us better, it does demonstrate how the plays of Shakespeare have made one man better -- and that man happens to be a convicted murderer with no hope for parole.
Songwriter Bill Janovitz follows up his examination of Exile on Mainstreet with an expansive analysis of the legendary bad boys band.
Thursday, August 29 2013
Keith Lowe has synthesized the latest scholarship to explore the unprecedented physical and moral destruction of Europe after World War II.
Lionel Shriver’s latest novel takes on America’s weight problem in the personification of Edison Appaloosa, beloved older brother of protagonist Pandora Halfdanarson. At almost 400 pounds, Edison is eating himself to death.
Wednesday, August 28 2013
What happens when our sense of security is diminished and the lines between good and evil are no longer identifiable? What happens when heroes take on characteristics of villains, and perceived villains garner our sympathy?
Like all good speculative fiction, in World War Z, Brooks takes the news headlines that we're reading now and finds plausible ways that existing behaviors and tensions might hold up in the face of extreme crisis.
Tuesday, August 27 2013
The poet David Yezzi is considered by many critics to be one of the leading voices of his generation. His new book of poems is an impressive, beautifully laid-out collection, with something for everyone.