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Monday, May 1 2006

King Dork by Frank Portman

There's a lot that separates King Dork from, say, Harry Potter. First off, although much has been made of his continuing maturation, Harry Potter has yet to receive a blowjob.


Thursday, April 27 2006

Winning by Losing: Drop the Weight, Change Your Life by Jillian Michaels

Her method is refreshing because it deliberately and aggressively counters late-night TV revolutions and the South Beach-Atkins-Scarsdale-No-Carbs-High-Carbs-Carmen Electra-Strip-Yourself-Thin health product glut.


Wednesday, April 26 2006

Sprawl: A Compact History by Robert Bruegmann

Bruegmann maintains that there are at least two causes of sprawl in its modern form, increased affluence and the spread of democracy.


Tuesday, April 25 2006

Half/Life: Jew-ish Tales from Interfaith Homes by Laurel Snyder (editor)

For many of the essays, the most heartbreaking moments occur after the child has declared his or herself a Jew, only to be rejected by members of the tribe.


Monday, April 24 2006

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close: A Novel by Jonathan Safran Foer

Foer writes on these tragedies with wide-eyed sincerity, undiffused optimism, and his heart on sleeve, without venturing into the mawkish.


Thursday, April 20 2006

The First Human: The Race to Discover Our Earliest Ancestors by Ann Gibbons

Ann Gibbons tells the story of human origins and evolution by addressing one of its aspects, the search for the earliest human, that critter who, so long ago, decided not to be a chimp.


Wednesday, April 19 2006

A Bit on the Side: Stories by William Trevor

Trevor's work has long been marked by his ability to merge bleakness and grandeur, to find an aching loveliness in the desolate and the isolated.


Tuesday, April 18 2006

A Year in the World: Journeys of a Passionate Traveller by Frances Mayes

If Tuscany is her brand, then Frances Mayes' most recent literary product, A Year in the World, is the franchise.


Monday, April 17 2006

America at the Crossroads: Democracy, Power, and the Neoconservative Legacy by Francis Fukuyama

If there's a reason to read Francis Fukuyama's denouncement of neo-conservatism over any of the others than line the bookshelves, it's for the simple reason that he is, or at least was, one of them.


Tuesday, April 11 2006

PostSecret: Extraordinary Confessions from Ordinary Lives by Frank Warren

Cards bearing messages like 'I love to pee when I'm swimming' could be deceptive emotions, the Internet equivalent of an anonymous prank call.


Monday, April 10 2006

Break, Blow, Burn by Camille Paglia

It seems right, somehow, that someone who so enthusiastically embraced pop-culture, and the plethora of images pouring in, now patients us to the slowness and focus required for poetry.


Thursday, March 30 2006

After the Victorians: The Decline of Britain in the World by A. N. Wilson

After the Victorians executes an especially tricky high-wire act in that Wilson manages to keep the tone engaging and almost intimately cordial without compromising anything in the way of authority.


Wednesday, March 29 2006

Kiss Tomorrow Hello: Notes from the Midlife Underground by Twenty-Five Women Over Forty by Kim Barne

What could be more valuable for a young woman than the learning experiences of those who have gone before?"


Tuesday, March 28 2006

Fascination by William Boyd

Boyd's rendering of dissolution is persuasive precisely because we trust his language: this is how people speak, and this is how people fall apart.


Monday, March 27 2006

Adverbs by Daniel Handler

In Handler's world, love is constantly evolving. It is not given away by one to another, but is an action that must be continually performed by both.


Friday, March 24 2006

Roots Too: White Ethnic Revival in Post-Civil Rights America by Matthew Frye Jacobson

Being an academic, Jacobson refrains from phrases such as 'rank hypocrisy', though he makes clear the various rhetorical smokescreens and circumlocutions necessary to justify this white racism that calls itself by any other names available.


Thursday, March 23 2006

Arte Povera by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev

With the beautifully designed Arte Povera, Phaidon once again makes art from documentation of art.


Wednesday, March 22 2006

Wired for Chaos by Brett L. Renwick

If Wired for Chaos is not flawed in execution, then maybe it is flawed in vision.


Tuesday, March 21 2006

Think!: Why Crucial Decisions Can’t Be Made in the Blink of an Eye by Michael R. LeGault

'The logical outcome of reality TV is snuff movies,' warns LeGault, quoting the opinion of another analyst without any facts to merit this assumption.


Monday, March 20 2006

The Gang That Wouldn’t Write Straight: Wolfe, Thompson, Didion, and the New Journalism by Marc Weing

Suddenly, the New Journalists became practitioners of what became known as the 'art of fact'.


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