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Thursday, October 2 2014

The Wit is Strong With This One

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.


Flann O’Brien and His Various Personae Had an Innate Faculty for Finding Things Funny

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

‘Ain’t it Time We Said Goodbye’ Is a Reader’s Digest-like Condensation of the Rolling Stones Story

Veteran Stones scribe Robert Greenfield captures a band, and its key relationship, in turmoil and on the cusp of change.


‘Joe’ Rewards Close Reading with Good Jokes and a Hard-Won Honesty

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

Haruki Murakami’s Characters Grapple With Friendship and Aging, But His Stories Never Grow Old

Stapled onto an ephemeral present shaped by Lexus cars, Twitter, and transformational training, Murakami engages with timeless themes in his latest colourful tale.


Share ‘Belzhar’ With the YA in Your Life, But Enjoy It Yourself, Too

Jam Gallahue and her English classmates are given journals to keep. But when they begin writing, something strange happens.


Monday, September 29 2014

‘Cowboys and Indies’ Is a Helluva Book That Will Become a Go-To Guide

Despite its awful title, Gareth Murphy's extensive and compelling tome is the kind of stuff that music nerds' dreams are made of.


There’s Plenty of Realism in “Land of Love and Drowning’s” Magic

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

A Career in Rock Journalism Makes for Some ‘Strange Days’

Throughout Strange Days Goodman displays elements of what the great Papa described as a “built in bullshit detector”.


Is There Hope for the Creative Underclass as the Internet Changes?

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 Golem of Hollywood’ Is a Fresh Novel About Truth and Justice

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 Girls from Corona del Mar’ Is a Serious Study of Female Friendship

The challenges of adulthood can alter the friendships we forge in childhood.


‘The Childhood of Jesus’ Has the Simplicity of Myth But None of the Clarity

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

Troubled Loners of the World Unite!

Sarah Maitland writes How to Be Alone as much for us not-so-troubled loners as she does for the chronically extroverted.


How the Fashion Industry Cannibalises the Planet

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

Comics Go Psychedelic, Then Dark…

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

Where Are AC/DC’s the Youngs in ‘The Youngs’?

I loved AC/DC as much as the next lunkheaded longhaired headbanger. But I don't know them any better than Jesse Fink does.


Celebrating the Art and Spirit of Literary Translation, NEA Style

The translation of literature is equal parts art, psychology, technical skill and spirituality – and it brings humanity closer together.


Friday, September 19 2014

‘Quench Your Thirst with Salt’ Will Make You Look at the World a Bit Differently

“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.


‘Producing Country’ Is Great Oral History

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.


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