Thursday, December 22 2005
Elvis stands in popular culture a singular force whose persona like Whitman's permits contradictions and provokes an urge to make myths.
Wednesday, December 21 2005
Without passing any sort of overt judgment on cultural prizes themselves, English instead provides some illuminating research on the driving forces behind the 20th century proliferation of awards.
Monday, December 19 2005
We like our lives to be a seamless narrative, and it takes a lot of editing to turn the chaotic jumps of experience into a good story.
Friday, December 16 2005
Spitz conquers the sensibilities of common logic by telling us a story we know by heart as if we'd never heard it.
Thursday, December 15 2005
Reading Dr. Golem is like looking at a diseased heart on an electrocardiogram with improperly placed leads; you can clearly tell something is wrong, but the angles are all distorted.
Wednesday, December 14 2005
It's a poem that must be heard, and seen, and felt, a literary 'happening' that can only be captured with divergent artistic facets superimposed and interlaced with each other.
Tuesday, December 13 2005
The book, with Alda's full life as its case study, presents new ways of looking at old problems; new approaches to long-standing lessons.
Monday, December 12 2005
Richie somehow manages to take a lifetime of sex, drugs, and rock n' roll and render it about as exciting as Kenny G playing Christmas tunes.
Friday, December 9 2005
This book provides a parabolic tale. Brown articulates that the tragic circumstances surrounding so many hip-hop greats signifies the folly of confusing a crime underworld with BET's Access Granted.
Thursday, December 8 2005
Certainly the Russian Revolution has been tackled before, but Kapralov's stab brings a level of dark, supernatural mysticism that throws an already-gloomy history even deeper into shadow.
Wednesday, December 7 2005
If the horse that played Mr. Ed was really a pothead, how did it operate the bong?"
Tuesday, December 6 2005
Out there on the foggy edge on the continent, with its outlaw history, mad riot of architecture and strangely cold sun, San Francisco casts some long, weird shadows.
Monday, December 5 2005
The chaos of the crowd struggling to board the last train out of Tokyo at midnight is so wonderfully suffocating, the rigidness of sumo training so extreme, that they beg to be witnessed in person.
Friday, December 2 2005
Sex may be a physical act, but it's a psychological response. In this respect then, Gaitskill is an author of interiors.
Thursday, December 1 2005
By using the previous genocide of the native residents of North America as a futuristic rallying cry for his characters, Dick delivers an interesting epic without a great deal of technical wizardry or speculative mumbo jumbo.
Wednesday, November 30 2005
Nearly every poem springs from/exists in the Relentlessly Everyday.
Tuesday, November 29 2005
The novel suggests that, if not faced -- if only medicated away, as both Clara and Mark have been wont to do -- shadows of the past will permeate the present.
Monday, November 28 2005
The allure of spice lives on in the present, although certainly in a less rarified atmosphere than in its heyday.
Wednesday, November 23 2005
Surrender is a novel about a young boy made to bear an unbearable burden, and about the bargains he strikes to sustain himself.
Former journalist Kane's flawed but passionate take on Lennon succeeds because of its flaws -- not unlike Lennon himself.