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The Lost Supreme by Peter Benjaminson

A tellingly thin text, this book is content to coast along to the beat of the standard Behind The Music formula, complete with prose that feels readymade for Jim Forbes’ melodramatic voiceovers.

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28 May 2008 // 11:00 PM

The Wildfire Season by Andrew Pyper

Pyper writes about the stunning landscape of the Yukon and the inherent danger of living in a world dominated by the elements.

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28 May 2008 // 10:59 PM

Nixonland by Rick Perlstein

Author of ‘Nixonland' dubs Nixon architect of country's left-right divide.

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Follow Your Heart: Moving with the Giants of Jazz, Swing, and Rhythm and Blues by Joe Evans

It's fun discovering that Jackie Wilson used to be a prizefighter or imagining band members waking up a drugged-out Charlie Parker right before his solo.

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100 Video Games by James Newman, Iain Simons

”We rarely hear accurate descriptions about what it actually feels like to spend time in these virtual worlds."

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26 May 2008 // 10:59 PM

Washington Burning by Les Standiford

Standiford breathes new life into the architectural story of America's capital.

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22 May 2008 // 11:00 PM

Dictation by Cynthia Ozick

With equal measures of wit, sorrow, and pity, four short novellas are artfully sewn together to explore the unceasing human effort to be known by posterity, no matter how petty or inhumane the actions for which we are remembered.

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The Selling Sound by Diane Pecknold

Understanding the 'hillbilly' image of country music: how the industry created a glamorous ideal the larger music community could identify with -- and finance.

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Vogue Covers by Robin Derrick, Robin Muir

As a nouveau/deco nymph-phantom we see the female as the marked other, some fantastic, ethereal creature but still set apart from her very worldly male counterparts.

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The Stone Gods by Jeanette Winterson

Winterson experiments with the components of a story and comes out with a tale that is greater than the sum of its parts.

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20 May 2008 // 11:00 PM

Video by Yvonne Spielmann

Spielmann discusses a generation of early video artists who dedicated themselves to the new medium and collectively explored its technical properties, distinguishing video from film, painting and sculpture in the process.

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20 May 2008 // 10:59 PM

Defending the West by Ibn Warraq

Warraq’s fascinating book doesn’t defeat Orientalism, but simply reduces the scope of its accuracy and applicability.

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A Treasury of Foolishly Forgotten Americans by Michael Farquhar

You may be galvanized to the point that you grab foolish historical forgetfulness by the throat and form a William J. Burns awareness society.

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19 May 2008 // 10:59 PM

Colour by David Batchelor

One can see Colour cutely sandwiched between a Banksy picture book and PostSecret at Urban Outfitters.

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18 May 2008 // 11:00 PM

AK47 by Michael Hodges

A tour across decades and through some of the planet’s worst hellholes to chronicle the impact of the AK47.

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18 May 2008 // 10:59 PM

Slavery by Another Name by Douglas A. Blackmon

No two books can give a comprehensive look at what it was like to be a black American near the turn of the century, but these two are a good start.

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But Didn’t We Have Fun? by Peter Morris

Early baseballers were sticklers for ritual and rules, handing out fines for profanity and frowning upon competitiveness that grew too heated. Can you imagine?

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15 May 2008 // 10:59 PM

The Story of a Marriage by Andrew Sean Greer

The fears and foibles of the '50s are background to this suspenseful and poetic domestic drama.

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14 May 2008 // 11:00 PM

Being Armani by Renata Molho

Ultimately, readers will be offended not because Armani is demanding or narcissistic, but simply because he’s boring.

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14 May 2008 // 10:59 PM

The Finder by Colin Harrison

This thriller further proves that genre constraints can inspire real talent.

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