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Wednesday, September 6 2006

Tuvalu by Andrew OConnor

Instead of seeking to make his own environment more humane and liveable, Tuttle seems to imagine that what he needs is more isolation, rather than less. Impotence wins again.


Tuesday, September 5 2006

Urban Nightmares by Steve Macek

Macek dissects with profound disappointment and regret the effects of victim blaming, repressive law enforcement policies, and scapegoating of urban residents by conservative pundits, politicians, news media, and popular culture.


Friday, September 1 2006

The Central Liberal Truth by Lawrence E. Harrison

Although the book has the word liberal in its title, it is hardly progressive.


Wednesday, August 30 2006

Charlemagne by Derek Wilson

The notion of objective "history" as we understand it today was still another thousand years in the offing, so our understanding will forever be obscured by propaganda, myth, and obfuscation.


Tuesday, August 29 2006

Icelander by Dustin Long

It features a lost world, literary forgeries, inhuman fox-clad assassins, kidnapping, murder, and heroic ballad karaoke, all of which are irresistible.


Monday, August 28 2006

The Overachievers: The Secret Lives of Driven Kids by Alexandra Robbins

At the end of a year spent interviewing students, parents, college counselors, and other education professionals, Robbins concludes that in the effort to create high-achieving teens, we've created basket cases.


Friday, August 25 2006

The Butcher, the Baker, the Candlestick Maker: An Erotic Memoir by Suzanne Portnoy

Taking it back to the question of whether or not The Butcher, the Baker, the Candlestick Maker is 'true' or not, you kind of hope it isn't, and sadly suspect that it is.


Thursday, August 24 2006

Millions of Women Are Waiting to Meet You by Sean Thomas

For all his broad, colourful and chequered sexual past, Thomas has not been able to discover much more than that men like looking at women.


Wednesday, August 23 2006

Postmortem: How Medical Examiners Explain Suspicious Deaths by Stefan Timmermans

Each chapter is interesting and informative, full of historical anecdotes, careful accounts of autopsy procedure, and thorough explanations of forensic logic.


Tuesday, August 22 2006

The Boy Detective Fails by Joe Meno

Meno's writing is clever and whimsical, yet a feeling of quiet solemnity pervades.


Monday, August 21 2006

Pound for Pound by F.X. Toole

When F.X. Toole went into the hospital for heart surgery in 2002 with 900 pages of the unfinished manuscript that would become Pound for Pound, he said, 'Doc, get me just a little more time, I gotta finish my book.' He didn't get it.


Thursday, August 17 2006

Black Swan Green by David Mitchell

For all that Black Swan Green seals itself in childhood, it dually seals itself off from children.


Tuesday, August 15 2006

What Gets Into Us by Moira Crone

Like the works of Flannery O'Connor, this collection transcends the genre of "Southern Literature" and probes deeply into the paradoxes of the psyche and the zeitgeist of modern America.


Monday, August 14 2006

The One Percent Doctrine by Ron Suskind

Unfortunately, as Suskind relates, the mistakes caused by Cheney's doctrine -- a strange mix of interventionist brio and isolationist no-nothing-ism -- would begin to backfire on the actors almost immediately. And so came the torture.


Friday, August 11 2006

Lost Sounds by Tim Brooks

This week: Lost Sounds: Blacks and the Birth of the Recording Industry, 1890-1919 by Tim Brooks.


Thursday, August 10 2006

Making Easy Listening by Tim J. Anderson

In Making Easy Listening: Material Culture and Postwar American Recording, Tim J. Anderson shifts the focus away from more familiar approaches to popular music studies in favor of an examination of the creation of the cultural objects, techniques, and industries that played a significant role in popular music as we know it today.


Wednesday, August 9 2006

Seaworthy by T.R. Pearson

Pearson's style provides the reader a welcoming warmth that contrasts with the frigid cold Willis felt on his travels.


Tuesday, August 8 2006

BOFFO! by Peter Bart

Wherever audience and critical reaction has fused together to create a cultural consensus of "this stinks" or "this is amazing," Bart will be right there, ready to nod along with the best of them, and to tell everyone why everyone is right.


Monday, August 7 2006

1973 Nervous Breakdown by Andreas Killen

As Killen states, the '70s were a "decade of oedipal crises" that "have reemerged with new intensity in our own time."


Friday, August 4 2006

JPod by Douglas Coupland

What's missing from JPod altogether is a sense of the increasingly participatory nature of online culture.


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