Monday, June 5 2006
The Great Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast by Douglas Brinkley
It's fairly safe to say that in a time of crisis, New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin isn't the guy whom you'd want responsible for your well-being.
Friday, June 2 2006
If They Played the Game only gave a mirror to those who make a living with play this would be an adequate collection, but there are moments of pure wonder and delight that have nothing to do with the field.
Thursday, June 1 2006
The historian's customary irony is replaced with the assumed fatalism of the Norse themselves, for whom death was a harsh fact of daily existence. The effect is monumental, and carries the burnished authenticity of a long-lost epic.
Wednesday, May 31 2006
This set up is near-identical to George Sluizer's 1991 film, The Vanishing whose first scenes depict a woman disappearing while at a roadside service center.
Tuesday, May 30 2006
In any city except Los Angeles such characters grouped together might seem ridiculous, yet one of the ways in which this city undermines fiction is that it defies all attempts to invent the improbable.
Friday, May 26 2006
We Are Billion Year Old Carbon: A Tribal-Love-Rock-Novel Set in the Sixties on an Outpost Planet Cal
It's like a psych-rock album, reveling in its pretensions and subverting the dominant systems (in this case, narrative linearity) as it breaks the form.
Goldfarb examines the day-to-day connections between people that help them escape isolation, loneliness and despair, the very things Arendt identifies as seeds of the terror that totalitarianism reaps.
Thursday, May 25 2006
As far as I know, Cohen isn't dying of anything other than the slow death of the existentialist, but there are portions of Book of Longing that read with the calmness of somebody who's reached Kubler-Ross' last stage: acceptance.
Wednesday, May 24 2006
Cohan links himself with eccentrics and outcasts, all engaged together in an endeavor that is arguably futile, all devoting their lives to the pursuit of Mexico.
Tuesday, May 23 2006
Everyman is of a piece with Roth's oeuvre and yet somehow distinct and unique.
Monday, May 22 2006
Like Daniel, Houllebecq is a wounded animal lashing out in fear at the unfathomable mysteries of existence.
Friday, May 19 2006
March's lessons can be taken on board by any liberal concerned by conservatives gaining ground in the 'culture wars'.
Thursday, May 18 2006
Losing his virginity becomes an issue of cleaning up, rather than some crash-bang moment of adult discovery.
Wednesday, May 17 2006
Andy Kaufman was not a traditional comedian, actor, or performance artist. He was a silly and many times ominous provocateur, instead.
Tuesday, May 16 2006
Going Postal: Rage, Murder, and Rebellion: From Reagan’s Workplaces to Clinton’s Columbine and Beyon
It is a book that will pummel your boundaries of acceptability if you don't keep an open mind. But it is an artifact that we, as a culture, should digest and ponder.
Monday, May 15 2006
Are the bands or the fans cognizant of the Orwellian perversion of Jesus' teachings of love and acceptance that institutionalized evangelism has perpetrated?"
Friday, May 12 2006
Murakami plays with space and culture, shedding light on the lack of personal space by drawing the reader into the claustrophobic world of the story's narrator, Kenji, then mimicking the desire to get away from the pervasive presence of a horrific American sociopath named Frank.
Thursday, May 11 2006
You have to admire the guy's chutzpah and directness, and love the fact that he's utterly circumventing the 'norms' of how one is a success in the publishing world.
Wednesday, May 10 2006
It's Dazed and Confused meets X-Men by way of whatever schlock horror film is at the multiplex this week -- only, you know, without any of the subtext you would usually find in a Richard Linklater film, an X-Men comic book, or your average horror movie.
Tuesday, May 9 2006
As Esposito explains, a fearful crowd is far more dangerous and deadly than a calm one.