Thursday, October 2 2014
Dear Luke, We Need to Talk. Darth offers an amusing, fresh look at some pop culture classics that you only thought you had overanalyzed before.
Ireland's clerical and lay authorities, humbugs and scolds, and the dull "plain people" were not safe from Flann O'Brien's many sharp pens.
Wednesday, October 1 2014
Veteran Stones scribe Robert Greenfield captures a band, and its key relationship, in turmoil and on the cusp of change.
This novel became a Nicolas Cage movie about a year ago. Rent the movie; read the book. Both are worth your time.
Tuesday, September 30 2014
Stapled onto an ephemeral present shaped by Lexus cars, Twitter, and transformational training, Murakami engages with timeless themes in his latest colourful tale.
Jam Gallahue and her English classmates are given journals to keep. But when they begin writing, something strange happens.
Monday, September 29 2014
Despite its awful title, Gareth Murphy's extensive and compelling tome is the kind of stuff that music nerds' dreams are made of.
While there's a fairy tale tone (think of the original ones, that don’t always have happily ever after endings), the characters are well developed and empathic.
Friday, September 26 2014
Throughout Strange Days Goodman displays elements of what the great Papa described as a “built in bullshit detector”.
The People's Platform exposes the Internet's capitalist underbelly of exploitation, control and broken promises, while still managing to offer hope for an alternative.
The father/son team of Jonathan and Jesse Kellerman debuts with an impressive novel that supplants expectations and enhances the legacy of both authors.
Thursday, September 25 2014
The challenges of adulthood can alter the friendships we forge in childhood.
Like many of J.M. Coetzee’s books, this one feels written for and about the author himself, ruthlessly interrogating his own beliefs and purpose.
Wednesday, September 24 2014
Sarah Maitland writes How to Be Alone as much for us not-so-troubled loners as she does for the chronically extroverted.
Stiched Up is an accessible, lucid book that analyses the exploitation inherent in capitalism through the often violent operations of the fashion industry.
Tuesday, September 23 2014
The most tumultuous and varied era of comics is chronicled with balance and aplomb in American Comic Book Chronicles: 1965-69.
Monday, September 22 2014
I loved AC/DC as much as the next lunkheaded longhaired headbanger. But I don't know them any better than Jesse Fink does.
The translation of literature is equal parts art, psychology, technical skill and spirituality – and it brings humanity closer together.
Friday, September 19 2014
“How literally can you take the metaphor between land and the body?” Nicole Walker asks. The answer isn't as simple as it might seem.
This is an exceptional read on how records get made. We learn how producers coaxed great performances, made power deals, and generally had a good time.