Tuesday, March 22 2005
McKinney sets out to re-place the greatest band in rock and roll history within the context of the volatile time in which the band exploded into the public consciousness, changing the band, its four members and everyone forever.
Kinsey remains an enigmatic figure, one of Boyle's numerous gurus that his fiction has distrusted so readily over the last several decades.
Beginning this book was like engaging in conversation with a Born Again pro-lifer at a clinic picket line.
When the subject is coke, blow, 'caine, whatever the chosen endearment or curse of nomenclature may be, the story never really ends.
Wednesday, March 9 2005
It has been said that a country gets the government it deserves; perhaps the same is true of religion. Pass the Kool Aid, please.
Nothing is ignored: Castro, reading, four wives, writing, booze, lunch with Orson Welles, depression, and ever-present genius.
Formidable buildings, generous foundations, society scandals -- all these factors generally follow noteworthy players in American history, and the Guggenheim family is no exception.
Tuesday, March 1 2005
Liddle freights the sex in these stories with symbolic weight, but that means it can never be merely 'improper behavior' -- sex must be an expression of character, a vehicle for various obsessions and shortcomings, a cause for romantic tumult.
Curtis' refusal to see any gay content or sensibility in Whale's films, beyond the director's penchant for large floral arrangements on his sets, is baffling.
More than merely reflecting people and the times in which they live, iconic brands offer myths that help resolve the contradictions of society.
We are reminded that for most of history, doubt has been a moderating factor, allowing for a more cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Tuesday, February 22 2005
The children who distanced themselves from the war, who avoided talking about it and trying to make sense of it, were often the healthiest psychologically.
Burge describes the letters between the two as 'a sort of creation myth for their affair; the golden age upon which they would always look back, longing to return'.
The closer the book gets to the end of the story, the more general and obvious the conclusions that it draws.
The weight of evidence presented and deconstructed by the various researchers could lead the average reader to shrink before the seeming omnipotence of the neoconservative cabal now at the nation's helm.
Tuesday, February 15 2005
By mashing up Romantic idealism with historical materialism and looping in some samples of cyberpunk futurism to boot, Wark offers a glimpse of potential new worlds.
Is Michael Chabon only interested in treading water after winning the Pulitzer?"
FABULOUS!: A Loving, Luscious and Lighthearted Look at Film from the Gay Perspective by Donald F. Re
Reuter picks all the right films, but if he even understands what makes them gay under the surface he does a lousy job explaining it.
Dealing with abstract-thinking introverts is no easy task. There's always the pressure to glean conflict and drama from lives short on dramatic excess.
Tuesday, February 8 2005
What else might one expect from the man who proclaimed, 'I'm still an atheist... thank God!'?"