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Tuesday, February 4 2014

‘Vanished’ Loses Its Reader

Reading Vanished sometimes feels like listening to a storyteller who wants to tell you so much that he forgets the original point.


Monday, February 3 2014

‘Wonderbook’ Illustrates That Nothing Can Contain the Power of Imagination

Sure to please literature snobs and those devoted to images, Jeff VanderMeer has created a work of art that's also educational.


Friday, January 31 2014

Tom Stoppard’s Inability to Stop Delighting His Audience

A hodgepodge of The Wizard of Oz, Pink Floyd, game theory, and philosophical thought experiments, Darkside is a self-reflexive interrogation of the nature of reality and fiction.


It’s Not Hip to Be Hip Anymore

The Cool School reminds us why sometimes it’s better not to be cool because if being cool means being as unbearable as some of these hopheads, what’s the point?


Thursday, January 30 2014

A Daring Study About Queer Influence in the Way the World Looks

A Queer History of Fashion: From the Closet to the Catwalk reveals many of the fashion industry's dirty little secrets hidden under all that fabric.


Not All Werewolves Are Like “Twilight’s” Jacob Black

The White Devil: The Werewolf in European Culture gives you what you wish your teachers taught you in school: Werewolf History.


Wednesday, January 29 2014

The Long Journey and Many Masks of William S. Burroughs

Barry Miles' Call Me Burroughs may the best biography written about the man to date.


‘Scent of Darkness’ Leaves Readers Longing for a Whiff of Something More Substantial

This is a story that asks: which way will she jump? In order to be compelled by this question, the reader needs to have an interest in the protagonist’s options.


Tuesday, January 28 2014

‘A Life of Barbara Stanwyck, Steel-True’ Has Moments of Energy and Verve

The long-awaited first volume of an encyclopedic biography of Barbara Stanwyck’s life and career arrives on shelves with plenty of flaws for the second installment to correct.


Chico Buarque’s More Than a Little ‘Spilt Milk’

Chico Buarque's fourth novel emphasizes the significance of a life fully lived, despite its brevity.


Monday, January 27 2014

Howard Sounes’ ‘27’ Has That Train Wreck Kind of Appeal

This is an exhaustive, if exhausting analysis of the debauchery and bad decisions that link the most famous members of the "27 Club".


One Must Remember the Past in Order to Rectify the Future

Jeffrey Stepakoff's The Melody of Secrets is a complex story of unrequited love, racial tensions, the space age, and the after-effects of World War II.


Friday, January 24 2014

Steven Moore’s Love of Literature Is Infectious

Steven Moore develops layered landscapes of literary history, and deftly brings the reader to the various authors' time and place.


Thursday, January 23 2014

Fanfiction Is Not just for Trekkies Anymore (Not That there’s Anything Wrong with Trekkies)

Can fanfiction be creative and original? Is it always derivative? Does fanfiction violate copyright laws? Is it plagiarism?


Wednesday, January 22 2014

‘The Castle’ Represents the Strange Subgenre of Kafkaesque Comic Books

Franz Kafka's The Castle, as adapted for the gridded page, is fittingly bleak and frustrating, if fascinating and engrossing.


Tuesday, January 21 2014

Peering Through James Wood’s Methodical Lens

The Fun Stuff: And Other Essays is bursting with insightful observations, immaculate connections, and thorough examination, illustrating why Wood is considered a master of his craft.


What Does Paul Auster Do While Sitting in a Blank Room, Faced with a Blank Page?

Travels in the Scriptorium and Man in the Dark offer potent examples of the creative process and how an author struggles with the blank page.


Monday, January 20 2014

‘Detroit City is the Place to Be’ Is Part ‘Blade-Runner’ Travelogue, Part Gen-X Memoir

Detroit is one of America's most notorious clusterfucks. It's also recently emerged as a perceived land of opportunity.


You Can’t Tell Just by Looking, and You Can’t Judge a Book by Its Cover

"You Can Tell Just by Looking" is a fact based book that debunks myths being perpetuated by both heterosexual and homosexual people alike.


Friday, January 17 2014

Peace is a Relative Term: ‘War in Peace: Paramilitary Violence in Europe after the Great War’

On the postwar repercussions of poor diplomacy and inept decision-making in economic and foreign policy that led to the widespread nationalism across Europe during the interwar years.


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