Friday, November 4 2005
It's hard to find any meaningful distinction between Pollard's poems and his songs, other than the latter generally work, and the former generally don't.
Thursday, November 3 2005
The Knife Man: The Extraordinary Life and Times of John Hunter, Father of Modern Surgery by Wendy Mo
Ms. Moore, whose prose is populist rather than matching any scholar's norm, wisely opens the book with demonstration of John's humanitarian concern.
Wednesday, November 2 2005
The book offers several cases where economic necessity has blurred the line between legal and illegal activity in many parts of the world.
Tuesday, November 1 2005
Secrets of the Widow’s Son: The Mysteries Surrounding the Sequel to The Da Vinci Code by David A. Sh
This is hardly hard-nosed scientific non-fiction. And Shugarts's first person narrative style can be unbalancing for readers after just that.
Monday, October 31 2005
Graeme Gibson's bedside book provides a glimpse of what every literate birder, professional, scholar or amateur, should want to read.
Friday, October 28 2005
The intellectual property debate typically divides into two camps -- those who defend the rights of ownership and those who defend free speech.
Thursday, October 27 2005
Martin listens when people talk; he watches how they move. The results are something superb.
In an era when many have turned to Eastern religions in their pursuit of spirituality, Markides's book shows that Christianity has an established tradition of searching for inner meaning.
Wednesday, October 26 2005
World Shores and Beaches: A Descriptive and Historical Guide to 50 Coastal Treasures by Mary Ellen S
The problem isn't, however, with what's included, but what isn't. Why these three East Coast beaches and not Cumberland Island? Or Cape Romain? Or the Florida Keys? Or the Chesapeake Bay? Or Cape May?"
Tuesday, October 25 2005
Freud’s Requiem: Mourning, Memory, and the Invisible History of a Summer Walk by Matthew von Unwerth
Freud's Requiem is subtly but importantly concerned with the increasingly strange, remote world of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Part of what it seeks to do is illuminate that world.
Monday, October 24 2005
To proclaim that blogging and 50 Cent constitute a new vanguard of literature strikes me as an American intellectual's version of Stockholm Syndrome.
Friday, October 21 2005
Focusing primarily on British and American music between 1978 and 1984, Reynolds emphasizes the idea that the glossed-over post-punk years were not marginal to the history of rock: they actually spawned a range of sounds that were more revolutionary than punk itself and that left a far more significant legacy, laying the foundations for the subsequent emergence of alternative music in all its myriad forms.
Thursday, October 20 2005
Jager's medievalism for the masses does a commendable job of filling in the gaping spaces around what is a precariously narrow focus for a legitimate book-length study.
Wednesday, October 19 2005
While there are no fantastical elements present in Tatsumi's stories, the overall sense of dread and undisguised revulsion at the human condition which pervade his worldview are strong enough to evoke the most horrific of reactions.
Tuesday, October 18 2005
The novel's main problem is that Kirn lacks the right touch for this kind of material.
Monday, October 17 2005
Though Rushdie is rigid in his opinions, he is not judgmental when it comes to his characters.
Friday, October 14 2005
These kind of books are always fun, especially when they take on those most misunderstood of communal realities -- the urban legend.
Wednesday, October 12 2005
Douglass' writing contains a neutrality that resists forcing the readers into believing in the good or evil of her characters.
Monday, October 10 2005
It’s Called a Breakup Because it’s Broken: The Smart Girl’s Breakup Buddy by Greg Behrendt and Amiir
Behrendt's latest offers the same obnoxious bottom-line as the first: You may be a superfox, but all of us are desperate losers just dying for love and approval.
Friday, October 7 2005
The world's greatest pickup artists, who can have their pick of any female, damage their brotherhood over a woman.