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Friday, November 22 2013

Do You Remember When WBCN Was the Leader in Progressive Rock ‘n’ Roll Radio?

WBCN catapulted the careers of the likes of Aerosmith, the Cars and U2, provided a comfy road stop for guest DJ’s like Joey Ramone, and hosted Bruce Springsteen’s first radio interview.


Thursday, November 21 2013

Charles Dickens’s Catherine Havisham, Virgin Queen of Satis House

The madwoman, whether in the attic or the ancestral house, is always a spectacle. I find Miss Havisham to be a troubling enigma.


The ‘Disaster Artist’ Might Be as So Bad Its Good as ‘The Room’ Itself

The book I hoped to write about Tommy Wiseau has already been written by the person most intimately connected with the debacle that is Tommy’s mind


Wednesday, November 20 2013

The Psychology of the Individual: Sebastian Faulks’ ‘Jeeves and the Wedding Bells’

Sebastian Faulks' impersonation of P.G. Wodehouse, master of English prose and the comic novel, evades total embarrassment but chooses a too sentimental attitude toward its subjects to get off many good gags.


‘Miss Homicide Plays the Flute’ Is Playful, Witty, Disturbing and Strange

If you like getting lost in language and a book that resists fixity and linearity (and don’t mind hearing about people’s entrails being eaten by pigs), consider spending a few hours with Miss Homicide.


Tuesday, November 19 2013

Anabel Hernández’s ‘Narcoland’ Is a Definitive Work on Cartel History

Behind the rhetoric of the drug war and the feverish promises of politicians lies an incredible network of corruption that has turned one of the world's most notorious criminals into one of its most powerful men.


‘The O. Henry Prize Stories’ Are a True Gift, Year After Year

One of the best ways to celebrate the short story is still through anthologies such as The O. Henry Prize Stories. It's a tradition that deserves to endure.


Monday, November 18 2013

For So Long Deemed So Lowly, Television Is Now Officially an Artform

How to Watch Television brings TV enthusiasts compelling discussions on matters like neoliberalism, social engagement, feminism, irony, transnational viewing, and more.


If a Script Gets Written, But No One Produces It, Does It Still Make the Sound of a Laugh?

Hollywood Said No! is classic fan fodder, essentially inessential, and given the kind of loving attention to detail familiar from DVD box sets and limited edition doo-gadgets.


Friday, November 15 2013

The Gathering Storm: Margaret MacMillan’s ‘The War That Ended Peace’

As the centenary of WWI approaches, historian Margaret MacMillan gives us an account of the inexorable path to war that's at once sweeping and tragic.


Thursday, November 14 2013

Dave Eggers Does Cheerful Satire in ‘The Circle’

The Circle has subsumed the behemoths Facebook, Google and Twitter into something almost pre-capitalist, something maybe not even seen since the predators of the Paleolithic era.


The Elder Statesman of Afrobeat Opens Up

In Tony Allen's new autobiography, we get a glimpse into the life and times of the man behind the kit, as well as fascinating insights into the tumultuous rise of Fela Kuti & the Afrika 70 to stardom.


Wednesday, November 13 2013

A Masterwork of Dutch Art Ties Together a Novel About Death, Loss, and Living

Donna Tartt's third novel, The Goldfinch, asks "What do you do when you're saddled with a self you do not want?"


Like a Tornado, Richard Pryor Was a Magnificent Wonder That Always Left a Trail of Destruction

Can was ask ourselves now, eight years after his death, is the sum of Pryor’s achievements, his eradication of sexual, social, racial, and economic barriers, greater than the sum of his misdeeds?


Tuesday, November 12 2013

‘The Pure Gold Baby’ Tells of the Children Who Smile at Everyone and Everything

This tale concludes soberly, asking what will become of the Annas of the world, once their parents can no longer care for them. It is a fine question, a frightening question, and one she leaves unanswered.


Simone de Beauvior, Sigmund Freud, Diana Anthill and Others on Ageing

How old are you? And perhaps more importantly, does the question frighten you? It frightens Lynne Segal, author of Out of Time: The Pleasures and the Perils of Ageing.


Monday, November 11 2013

Tales of Roger Corman Told with Gusto, Wicked Humor, and Deep Nostalgia from Those Who Knew Him

Hollywood royalty and old friends reminisce on the life and work of legendary producer/director Roger Corman, arguably the single most significant figure in the life of American genre movies.


Friday, November 8 2013

Joe Sacco’s ‘The Great War’ Is Powerful Evocation of an Awful, Awful Day

In this Bayeux Tapestry-like method of storytelling, images segue from one to the next with imperceptible but inevitable shifts of perspective and events, much like war itself.


Thursday, November 7 2013

How Can a Child Live Beyond the Reach of Societal Restrictions?

Raising My Rainbow: Adventures in Raising a Fabulous, Gender Creative Son is witty, compassionate, sensitive, and deeply honest.


There and Back Again: A Revolving Journey Through the Landscape of the American Revolution

In My American Revolution, author Robert Sullivan searches for traces of the past amongst the strip malls and suburbs of contemporary America.


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