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Monday, March 13 2006

The Dead Emcee Scrolls: The Lost Teachings of Hip-Hop by Saul Williams

Certain things never change: s'mores are still delicious, rainbows are still happy, calculus is still confusing, and Saul Williams is still angry at mainstream hip-hop culture.


Thursday, March 9 2006

The Fame Game: How to Make the Most of Your 15 Minutes by Michael Flocker

'I have never seen [Tara Reid] in any movie or television program, but from what I gather, she is an actress.'"


Wednesday, March 8 2006

Wholphin No. 1: DVD Magazine of Unseen Things by McSweeney’s

The DVD part is obvious. But why is Wholphin also billing itself as a magazine?"


Tuesday, March 7 2006

The Dictionary of Corporate Bullshit: An A to Z Lexicon of Empty, Enraging, and Just Plain Stupid Of

We are getting a glimpse of someone else's office hell, and that makes it engaging in that car crash kind of way.


Monday, March 6 2006

A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore

With a joke to page ratio this high, a lot of smiling will be done while reading, and maybe even some bona fide out loud laughing.


Thursday, March 2 2006

A Crack in the Edge of the World: America and the Great California Earthquake of 1906 by Simon Winch

Through no weakness on the author or publisher, it arrived not long after Hurricane Katrina wiped out New Orleans, another American city at the opposite end of the country and century.


Wednesday, March 1 2006

The Colossal P.T. Barnum Reader: Nothing Else Like It in the Universe by Phineas T. Barnum

Cook writes that 'even at the height of radical Reconstruction, [Barnum] continued to promote brutally dehumanizing images of people of color on stage.'"


Tuesday, February 28 2006

Pretty Little Dirty by Amanda Boyden

If you've seen Catherine Hardwicke's Thirteen, you have read Pretty Little Dirty.


Monday, February 27 2006

The Brief History of the Dead by Kevin Brockmeier

In Brockmeier's prose, the characters are not forged by the infrequent trial or tribulation they experienced in life, rather they are defined by the accumulation of the small details they never bothered to notice.


Thursday, February 23 2006

The Man Behind The Da Vinci Code: The Unauthorized Biography of Dan Brown by Lisa Rogak

Did you know that Dan Brown released two pop records and married his publicist?"


Wednesday, February 22 2006

The Postmodern Preacher: The Rise of Bishop T.D. Jakes by Shayne Lee

I get the sense Lee is saying, 'Don't hate the player, hate the game.' In other words, ye among us who would not accept multimillion-dollar book deals, recording contracts and public acclaim cast the first stone.


Tuesday, February 21 2006

The Dark Side of the Moon: The Making of the Pink Floyd Masterpiece by John Harris

Tellingly, you get a better sense of the synthesizer's personality than the band's. Were the Floyd just following 'the English way', or were they dull, arrogant bastards? You decide.


Monday, February 20 2006

The Brooklyn Follies by Paul Auster

Reading this novel is like watching Auster trying his best to remake his beloved city out of sand castles on Coney Island instead of the shattered fragments of the World Trade Center.


Thursday, February 16 2006

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

Hurston's protagonist is shockingly progressive, and her men are vessels on a path toward self-realization, rather than the reasons for her existence.


Wednesday, February 15 2006

Are You Made For Each Other? by Barbara and Allan Pease

The idea of a book full of quizzes that promise to determine the quality of a relationship is symptomatic of a culture that runs screaming at the thought of personal responsibility.


Monday, February 13 2006

Utterly Monkey by Nick Laird

The unexploded bomb is a perfect metaphor for Utterly Monkey.


Thursday, February 9 2006

Cell by Stephen King

It's a work of maturity and of meaning, a novel that actually wants to comment on the state of the world and the pissed off population who seem to be living on and off it.


Wednesday, February 8 2006

Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar by Simon Sebag Montefiore

Despite the many humanizing elements, the actual figure of Stalin only continues to recede from easy comprehension, tangled in layer upon layer of personal contradiction and paradox.


Tuesday, February 7 2006

DaCapo Best Music Writing 2005: The Year’s Finest Writing on Rock, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Pop, Country & Mor

J.T. LeRoy compiles essays for Da Capo's latest Best Music Writing collection. Not that anyone can tell.


Monday, February 6 2006

The Good Life by Jay McInerney

Television and history books have claimed the dry facts and the archival images of 11 September, but the perfect tone and human nature of this novel has captured the people, their emotions, and their stories.


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