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Friday, August 26 2005

The Perfect Manhattan by Leanne Shear and Tracey Toomey

The novel, in spite of its tendency to linger on the shallow side of appearances, makes some very telling points about life in the Hamptons.


Thursday, August 25 2005

HomoCore: The Loud and Raucous Rise of Queer Rock by David Ciminelli and Ken Knox

This book is an excellent primer for those interested in learning the basics about HomoCore.


Wednesday, August 24 2005

The End of the Hamptons: Scenes from the Class Struggle in America’s Paradise by Corey Dolgon

Even (assumedly) well-meaning liberal conservationists and local celebs' valiant acts of working-class empathy and attempts at preserving the area's history can't escape Dolgon's sharp criticism.


Monday, August 22 2005

Belle and Sebastian: Just a Modern Rock Story by Paul Whitelaw

With the intimacy of a true fan and the validity of a music critic, he weaves the fascinating story behind its release and the band's response to their newfound critical acclaim, including the only known correspondence between Murdoch and Morrissey, doppelgangers as they may be.


Friday, August 19 2005

Devil’s Corner by Lisa Scottoline

Roger Holland looks at a couple of instant classics of Crime-Lit For Chicks and Right Wing War Games For Boys.


Thursday, August 18 2005

Bleed Into Me: A Book of Stories by Stephen Graham Jones

Jones's characters are always a hair's breadth away from incarceration, eviction, or any number of other troubles.


Tuesday, August 16 2005

Born of the Fourth of July by Ron Kovic

The story is desperate, it's harrowing, and in light of current events, it's as timely now as it was when it first arrived.


Friday, August 12 2005

Oh Pure and Radiant Heart by Lydia Millet

It's fascinating to consider what the human forces behind the bomb would think of their work now, 60 years after the Trinity Test and the bombings at Hiroshima and Nagasaki.


Thursday, August 11 2005

How Soccer Explains the World: An (Unlikely) Theory of Globalization by Franklin Foer

The truth is that English football supporters were far from the lethal killing machines Foer would have you believe.


Wednesday, August 10 2005

Chaucer: Ackroyd’s Brief Lives by Peter Ackroyd

But we don't remember Chaucer for his contributions to English governance, we remember him as perhaps the single most significant architect of the modern English language.


Tuesday, August 9 2005

The Gods Drink Whiskey: Stumbling Toward Enlightenment in the Land of the Tattered Buddha by Stephen

Asma forces us to examine what areas of faith and secular life are inseparable from our identities, and in so doing he becomes an interesting counterpoint to the normal hero of the travelogue.


Friday, August 5 2005

The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann

Random House has released a fresh translation of Thomas Mann's The Magic Mountain. According to Tim O'Neil, it's the version for the ages.


Thursday, August 4 2005

Center Square: The Paul Lynde Story by Steve Wilson and Joe Florenski

According to Center Square, two things stood in Lynde's way: alcoholism and homosexuality. Of course, neither of those are necessarily a barrier to success in Hollywood.


Wednesday, August 3 2005

Old Clothes, New Looks: Second Hand Fashion by Alexandra Palmer and Hazel Clark

One of the book's main themes is how the second hand clothing market has provided opportunities for female self-determination, however limited by the silk canopy of patriarchal authority.


Tuesday, August 2 2005

MirrorMask: The Illustrated Film Script of the Motion Picture from The Jim Henson Company by Neil Ga

And so we have the strange situation in which we can peruse at length the full script and storyboards well before we have any chance of seeing the movie itself. It's the ultimate spoiler.


Monday, August 1 2005

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling

With her astonishing run of the first five books, Rowling's magical thrillers have grown increasingly darker, using deaths in books four and five to really give the story's arc an emotional heft the first trio were thin on.


Friday, July 29 2005

Why White Kids Love Hip-Hop: Wankstas, Wiggers, Wannabes and the New Reality of Race in America by B

Just because Kitwana and other outside observers believe that youth in general should be rising up against its misguided elders, unfortunately doesn't mean that such a movement is underway.


Thursday, July 28 2005

Carl Melcher Goes to Vietnam by Paul Clayton

In this novel, Paul Clayton pulls off the remarkable feat of being resoundingly anti-war yet simultaneously pro-troops.


Wednesday, July 27 2005

Elvis by the Presleys: Intimate Stories from Priscilla Presley, Lisa Marie Presley and Other Family

It's a puzzling decision: these images of banal ephemera simultaneously humanize Elvis and canonize him, treating his possessions as holy objects.


Tuesday, July 26 2005

The Lives of Rain by Nathalie Handal

This is a fiercely global poetry, one that requires (and provides) a wide if not particularly thorough knowledge of this planet's cultures.


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