Tuesday, June 14 2005
Smith has clearly harboured a fascination with the moon landings since childhood and has translated this enthusiasm into a grown up project, properly researched and examined with the sober eye of adulthood.
Monday, June 13 2005
The overall affect is the same as if your best friend called one day and said, 'An elephant walked into my apartment today and to get it out I had to beat up a rabbi,' and then hung up.
Friday, June 10 2005
It was an exciting time to be in America in all of its gritty splendor, and Cokal depicts it with authority and obvious pleasure.
Thursday, June 9 2005
My worry, of course, is that young people concerned about the current state of entertainment and women's rights in this country will read Boteach without skepticism.
Wednesday, June 8 2005
If one can gain anything from Hypocrite, it is perhaps that everyday occurrences can be just as meaningful and life-shaping as depressive hardships -- and absolutely make for a far superior read.
Friday, June 3 2005
Zukin points out that in a world where 'too many goods chase too few buyers' it shouldn't be surprising that we're shopping more but enjoying it less.
Thursday, June 2 2005
Feynman's letters remind us of what we're supposed to be doing: pursuing discovery.
Wednesday, June 1 2005
Think of you and about 15 or 20 of your friends from high school... now imagine the lot of you irrevocably and inarguably change the course of music history. That's what happened in the era covered in this book.
Tuesday, May 31 2005
Postmodernism is an amoeba-like 'blob' that amalgamates cultural and demographic differences together into a pureed mush, and that we are now all method actors busy with the task of performing the identities we have determined to be our own.
Friday, May 27 2005
Dolby wants to appeal to an academic readership as well as a popular one, and the results are uneven.
Tuesday, May 24 2005
Today's Tony Parsons writes like a sensitive new millennium New Man, but he's still the same old unreconstructed hack he ever was.
Friday, May 20 2005
Like a Rolling Stone is not great cultural analysis or musical study, but it's a work that's both insightful and fantastic.
Thursday, May 19 2005
Atlas is at his best in the essays where he examines larger issues that resonate in his own life.
Wednesday, May 18 2005
Reading a book on movies one has, for the most part, not seen is the proverbial double-edged sword.
Monday, May 16 2005
Tennessee Jones's piece tells a dramatically different tale than Springsteen's song, but most of these stories simply elaborate upon the originals, filling in back stories and supplying details where the Boss's minimalist approach gave none.
Monday, May 9 2005
The book turns into one of the three basic types of literature dealing with the Israeli-Palestinian crisis, the pro-Israeli diatribe.
This can be a tricky audience to write for; after all, they'll just stop reading the book if it's too, well, depressing.
The loser, writing about a loser, wins. How life affirming is that?"
I have to wonder how much experience Kinder has in doing any of the things she suggests in this book.
Carswell concerns himself more with substance than style, and shrugs off the desire to seek out fame and fortune.