Monday, August 5 2013
Robert K. Elder's impeccable knack for interviewing illuminates what makes 35 professional cinephiles tick in this essential book.
Sunday, August 4 2013
M.G. Vassanji’s style is neither stream of conscious nor a collection of terse and pithy statements; rather this book is more like a well-woven collection of narratives that are all connected through one person.
Thursday, August 1 2013
Elizabeth Fremantle brings an intelligent and resourceful Katherine Parr to life in this fast-paced, well-told story.
Through a series of chapters interspersed with interviews, “interludes”, “Q&A”’s, reviews and obituaries, Warner attempts to plot the links between Beat and rock, not only through music and lyrics, but also personality, even clothing.
Wednesday, July 31 2013
Hemlock Grove is an engrossing (and just plain gross) read. It's also a balm for those who are sick of romanticized young adult fiction that treats vampirism as something profoundly sexy.
Without denying the practical good achieved by some of his projects, Harry Browne, a Dublin-based "activist and journalist", criticizes Bono's cozy neo-liberal, market-funded loyalties.
Tuesday, July 30 2013
Speculating, extrapolating, and completely abandoning the principles of logic and physics ruled Flash’s world, especially when the world went to war.
A multimedia art book from the author of LACONIA: 1,200 Tweets on Film on love, memory, space and gender relations mediated through digital, filmic and visual culture.
Monday, July 29 2013
This is no deep dive into the 40 plus years of Rush lore; it's only about 200 pages of surface-level history, what amounts to a Reader's Digest version of a literary classic.
Mo' Meta Blues is everything you’d expect from a book Questlove would write: smart, funny, and infused with structural twists on the norm, with dashes of insight and perspective on the ever-evolving state of hip-hop.
Sunday, July 28 2013
When a two-year-old child has this couples' lives, it’s as if somebody has run through a restaurant, ripping the tablecloths from under the place settings.
Thursday, July 25 2013
Legendary French anthropologist Claude Lévi-Strauss catches a glimpse of disappearing traditions through Japanese eyes in these new translations of his lectures, essays and interviews.
Super Boys reminds us for the ages that the values we still find compelling about Superman were instilled at birth, by two guys from a metropolis known as Cleveland.
Wednesday, July 24 2013
There's no mistaking that Ausubel can string a yarn of words together to create gold. Her sentences are fluid and tight, descriptive pinpricks of adjectives and descriptors.
When Regina Gottlieb arrives at graduate school, she is warned about Professor Nicholas Brodeur. It's the perfect moment for the over-educated, highly intelligent girl to fall for her professor's wife.
Tuesday, July 23 2013
The Scent of Cardamom Pistachio Cookies Radiates from the Pages of ‘Tomorrow There Will be Apricots’
The novel’s plot is conventional and unsurprising, but Jessica Soffer’s intelligent and vibrant writing redeems.
Deeper and more complete than your average sci-fi saga, the Award Winning Planet of the Apes series has proven its longevity with its challenging metaphor, science and philosophy. Open Court's new book explores this challenge with flawed aplomb.
Monday, July 22 2013
There's an abundance of material here that will delight, or at least divert, most comics fans.
Years ago, in South Africa, Emma Brockes' mother was raped. The story was buried for many years, until Brockes unearthed it. Here it is and, as Brockes promises, it's an amazing story of fortitude.
Sunday, July 21 2013
David Miller's book is a career-spanning chronicle of Hammer Film's "gentleman of horror".