Thursday, February 20 2014
A London Year chronicles marvelous tales and observations by writers known and unknown.
In Simple Dreams Grammy Award wining Linda Ronstadt takes readers on a ride through the landscape of America's '60s and '70s music.
Wednesday, February 19 2014
Dave Berg's Mad work reveals the true motivations of people, their selfishness and greed, and their utter ridiculousness.
Books about the Fab Four need to justify themselves. The Beatles Solo, a handsome but information-light and overpriced doorstop, doesn't get there.
Tuesday, February 18 2014
Terrorists want to kill the US Secretary of State; sensitive information is in danger of falling into the wrong hands. What more do you need?
Monday, February 17 2014
Robert Stone has set his terrific new novel at a fictional school called "Amesbury". But don't be fooled. The institution he indicts is Yale University.
Thinking of Gertrude Stein’s work in traditional storytelling terms is an exercise in futility. So how should one think of this?
Friday, February 14 2014
In Roddy Doyle’s many-years-on follow-up to The Commitments a middle-aged Dublin rocker faces mortality and a serious case of Nick Hornby-itis.
Thursday, February 13 2014
The question of the narrator of Histoire de Melody Nelson and its title nymph can only be answered by exploring the questions surrounding Serge Gainsbourg himself.
Like The Woman in Black, The Mist in the Mirror proves Susan Hill is a master at spinning a good old fashioned ghost story.
Wednesday, February 12 2014
Black metal is often reduced to a slew of clichés, but Black Metal unpacks the genre’s history in its true form via a huge cast of characters.
Little Feat's sound evolved and changed, creating a heady mixture of pop, rock R&B, boogie, country, soul, funk and jazz.
Tuesday, February 11 2014
Apple versus Google: "It is the defining business battle of a generation", and Fred Vogeistein explains why.
Stephen Walsh finds the human drama in Musorgsky and His Circle, the story of "a commando unit of Russian composers forcing themselves on the attention of an unsuspecting world."
Monday, February 10 2014
Sociologist William B. Helmreich tramps through every neighborhood on foot to record New York City's density and diversity for The New York Nobody Knows.
Anyone who thinks fairy tales have happy endings either hasn’t read enough of them, or hasn’t read enough of the original, pre-Disneyfied material.
Friday, February 7 2014
This is a story whose audacious premise is grandiose enough to swallow most anything the reader could think to throw it at.
Jane's is the tourist's world of "towering eucalyptus smelling of mint" and an evening sun "cracked in a marble sky". Esther's is a world is full of violence and the fear of dying at any minute.
Thursday, February 6 2014
The Trip to Echo Spring contemplates the vexed relationship between six great American writers and the alcoholism that undermined their lives.
These interviews range from the succinct to the sublime with many artists feeling they are only vessels for the music which somehow comes from some universal wellspring of the human experience.