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Wednesday, January 15 2014

‘Guests on Earth’ Combines Elegant Language with a Strong Sense of Place

Guests on Earth is full of somewhat eccentric but often very likeable characters, thoughtful storylines, and probing questions.


Nathan Wiseman-Trowse’s Authorial Fancy About a Nick Drake Song

Speculation is interesting, but it seems that the best option for someone writing about Nick Drake's "Dreaming England" would be assertiveness, conclusiveness, and definition.


Tuesday, January 14 2014

A Quarter Century After Its Debut, ‘The Twenty-Seventh City’ Merits Our Full Attention

The Twenty-Seventh City, first published in 1988, is shockingly prescient. A reader unaware of the publication date would assume it recent.


‘The Zenith’ Dares Readers to See Revolutionary Vietnam’s Complexity

Duong Thu Huong's grace with words makes The Zenith bearable even as the work marches across dark and confusing territory.


Monday, January 13 2014

Ann Patchett is a Happy Writer and That’s a Rare Breed, These Days

While Ann Patchett has been depressed at least twice, this collection of 22 non-fiction pieces which run the gamut from dogs to divorce, more than lives up to its name.


‘Philomena’ Teases Readers with Glimpses of Larger Plots

This might be advertised as the story of a mother, but it's nothing if not the story of her son.


Friday, January 10 2014

Former Heavyweight Champ Mike Tyson Becomes a Raconteur and Memoirist—Who Knew?

Mike Tyson has a gift for introspection and storytelling those whom disdain him as some sort of anti-social beast might find surprising.


Affirming Affirmative Action: Randall Kennedy’s Approach to Ending Racial Disparities

With the outcome of Fisher v. University of Texas pending, the question of Affirmative Action looms over us. What is the future?


Thursday, January 9 2014

‘Saturday Night Live’, Chronicled Intelligently

Saturday Night Live and American TV is among the most thorough and engrossing chronicles of SNL’s four decades (so far) on air, giving detailed attention to each era in the program’s history.


More Double Crossing and Deceit than You Can Shake a Peppermint Candy Cane at

The Big Book of Christmas Mysteries is tongue in cheek compilation that ought to become a perennial gift, no matter the occasion.


Wednesday, January 8 2014

Words Are Sexy and So Are You, Dear Reader

It's amazing how some extraordinary people with so much talent and esthetic control could be so hopeless, not to mention helpless, concerning matters of the heart.


‘Metallica: The Complete Illustrated History’ Can Be a Thrilling Journey for Those Who Dare Take It

Martin Popoff’s book is no mere photo gallery, and is much more of a thorough history of the band and their albums in prose form.


Tuesday, January 7 2014

Man Up!

The Book of Men is a wonderful anthology brimming with poignant realizations, colorful situations, and regale linguistic permutations.


‘Happy Mutant Baby Pills’ Wallows in Debasement

The thing with transgressive fiction such as this is that the writer includes the most outrageous things that he can think of at the expense of plot and character development.


Monday, January 6 2014

Morrissey As the Sweet and Tender Hooligan

Morrissey cannot square his inner discontent with his mass appeal. He peers at himself as if a specimen.


Portrait of Paul Auster as a Young Man

Report from the Interior works as a companion volume to the 2012 autobiography Winter Journal, and both books make for quality reading back-to-back about Paul Auster’s life and insights.


Friday, January 3 2014

Fans of T. S. Eliot’s ‘The Wasteland’ Will Enjoy ‘Novelty’s Challenges

If you care about the idea of “new”, or how "new" has influenced literature and art, then you must read Novelty.


Thursday, January 2 2014

What Happened When the War on Drugs Replaced the Great Society’s War on Poverty?

The Punishment Imperative doesn't obscure the authors' sympathy for those who have suffered during America's war on crime and drugs.


Tuesday, December 31 2013

Rob Delaney’s Zany, Surrealist, and Frequently Ribald Humor

Mother. Wife. Sister. Human. Warrior. Falcon. Yardstick. Turban. Cabbage. is the laugh riot one would hope for, coming from Twitter comedian extraordinaire, Rob Delaney.


Monday, December 30 2013

At First ‘Raw: A Love Story’ Doesn’t Seem to Be Aiming for the Intellect

Raw digs into a world of fake tans, fake breasts and faker personalities 'til you finally realize that this is in fact satire of the highest order.


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