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Thursday, September 18 2014

Frenetic and Scatter-Brained, ‘Preparing the Ghost’ Is Still an Infuriatingly Good Read

If one is looking for something more 21st century than beat poetry and new journalism to challenge your mind and thrill your heart, this is it, whatever this is.


Wednesday, September 17 2014

Soul Murder and Dreams in ‘Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage’

Like the cobwebs and spider webs that colonize a neglected basement, Haruki Murakami’s filamentous plot threads trail uncannily across our psyches.


From Outer Space to the Bowels of Planet Earth, This Is the Stuff We’re Made Of

In Stuff Matters, Mark Miodownik, a quirky science writer, shares his love and knowledge of the materials that shape our world.


‘Walt Before Skeezix’ Captures a Slice of American Life just After World War I

'Walt Before Skeezix' offers an in-depth look at the early days of 'Gasoline Alley' in a beautifully-presented volume.


Tuesday, September 16 2014

“I’ve Seen the Future and It’s Hungry”

The Bone Clocks merges set-scenes of imaginative showdowns with intellectual reflection, which will reward the keen and alert reader.


More Than Bjork: A Journey Through Iceland’s Pop Music History

Blue Eyed Pop includes a trove of candid band shots, live performance photos and more that would otherwise go unseen by anyone outside of Iceland.


‘SMiLE’ Left Me Terribly Unhappy

Labored and unfocused, the study that Luis Sanchez attempts with SMiLE is a poor fit for the 33 1/3 format.


Monday, September 15 2014

Eimear McBride’s Debut Novel Is a Polarizing Experience

I found A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing to be the literary equivalent of a shot of blackest espresso: sharp, jolting, and acidic.


‘Flirting with French’ Reminds One of That Unrequited Love We’ve All Experienced

William Alexander's cardiologist asks about any new stress in his life. "Well, I am studying French," he answers.


Friday, September 12 2014

‘What We See When We Read’: Covers, Imagination, and Everything in Between

"When we discuss the feeling of reading we are really talking about the memory of having read," says Peter Mendelsund, "and this memory of reading is a false memory."


More Than Just LOLCats and Finger-Chomping Babies, Memes Are a Window Into Contemporary Culture

Thought not always humorous, memes demonstrate the power of whimsical humour to undermine the legitimacy of the most laboriously manufactured control structures.


Changing Lanes With John Waters

To most, hitchhiking is a terrifying risk taken by the desperate or insane. This makes it a perfect subject for John Waters’ latest book, Carsick.


Wednesday, September 10 2014

‘The Girl Who Passed for Normal’ Is a Sagacious Study of the Female Mind

Hugh Fleetwood's eerie tale of deadly symbiotic relationships is rife with Freudian desires and erotic tensions.


Tuesday, September 9 2014

The Darkness of Teenage Girls in Tana French’s ‘The Secret Place’

Perhaps because of her acting background, French has a knack for creating layered, multi-dimensional characters and distinctive voices.


Monday, September 8 2014

Letters of Recommendation Have Never Had It So Good

Composed entirely in correspondence, Dear Committee Members casts some light upon Professor Jason Fitger’s crumbling corner of academia.


Friday, September 5 2014

The Holy Greil: Marcus Nears 70 and He’s Better Than Ever With This New Rock History

In The History of Rock 'n' Roll in Ten Songs, Marcus's writing is as intoxicating as ever. The man is a poet.


Thursday, September 4 2014

The Great Tragic History of Southern Rock Is Revealed in ‘Southbound’

Some say it's impossible to call one volume the definitive history on a topic, but it is possible to announce one as the seminal work. This book is both.


Wednesday, September 3 2014

The Art of Neil Gaiman by Hayley Campbell

What could have been little more than a longform book about Gaiman's Sandman becomes a visual and engrossing biography on the prolific dream genius.


Tuesday, September 2 2014

Z is for Zombie and for ‘The Zombie Book’

There are brains here, interesting tidbits that make you think. They're scattered all over the place, like matter without thought, without movement, without electricity.


The ‘Angry Optimist’ Is Clearly a Search-Engine Approach to Biography

Put a thousand monkeys in front of a thousand Google searches, and eventually...


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