Friday, January 10 2014
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 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.
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
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.
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
The Book of Men is a wonderful anthology brimming with poignant realizations, colorful situations, and regale linguistic permutations.
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 cannot square his inner discontent with his mass appeal. He peers at himself as if a specimen.
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
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
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
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
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.
Friday, December 27 2013
Those willing to give themselves to The Signature of All Things without preconceptions will leave it feeling as if they, too, have discovered one of life’s biggest treasures.
Thursday, December 26 2013
Hilton Als’ gift is his reinvention of famous figures, but from the angle of how well they succeeded or failed to confront white supremacy and privilege, or in their (in)abilities to give blacks a voice.
Tuesday, December 24 2013
Can a bunch of Googlers solve a mystery that book lovers have been trying to solve for over 500 years?
Monday, December 23 2013
From the peanut butter and tomato sandwich to the reinvention of breakfast, Abigail Carroll explains the "state of the American meal" in Three Squares.
Friday, December 20 2013
Orson Welles In Italy is a key corrective resource for an under-examined portion of Welles' career. If America was resentful of his talent, Italy was downright mean.
Thursday, December 19 2013
The Wizard of Oz: The Official 75th Anniversary Companion covers every possible aspect that might enrich Oz lore.
Wednesday, December 18 2013
That such bullshit could ever be taken seriously by large numbers of German intellectuals shows that, even in highly educated circles, social and political forces easily trump reason.