Thursday, October 9 2003
While providing tremendous insight into the history of science and the study of the world at large, Bryson's most interesting observations lie in his fascinating description of said scientists and their peculiarities and obsessions.
Growing up, Elise soon realizes, is as much about the turning of the clock as it is about circumstance. Dead mother or not, 15 is still 15.
Pulp's classic 'femme fatale' is Clytemnestra in Chanel no. 5, all temptation, castration and, in her inevitable defeat, the eventual restoration of masculine order.
What's transpiring is equal parts incisive satire and artistic shell game from an audacious writer whose weakness is his emotional detachment from his characters and situations. Getting involved would not violate the rules of satire, although it might fly in the face of postmodern 'cool.'"
The book might serve certain mainstream minds in opening them up to the legitimate vitality of this underground scene, and it might help to de-demonize some 'extreme' music.
Thursday, September 25 2003
He writes in the long tradition of the English eccentric, weirdly both inhabiting and residing somewhere outside of normal reality.
Set in the future, anthropology professor Hank Hannah recounts the happenings and peculiarities of modern Homo sapien life.
The perfect combination of cocky superhero and romantic leading man, Swytek is a guy who's seen it all and lived to tell the tale.
Set in 'Rattlesnake' Canyon, New Mexico -- where the friends stop to camp for a night -- and stocked with colorful local characters, Journal of the Dead is steeped in elements of pulp fiction.
Wednesday, September 17 2003
Uncovers a long-repressed chapter of social history significant enough to command reappraisal of the legacy of eugenics for today and for the future.
We're simply rooting for the underdog to get back on his feet, to earn a paycheck, to settle into a routine.
More successfully executed are Jonah's prophetic night dreams. Sullivan wisely withholds the specifics about this activity, which lends it a mystery the ghosts themselves lack.
Reminds us that baseball a century ago was actually much like baseball now, with a few notable exceptions. Chief among them: 100 years ago, teams from Boston actually played in the postseason.
Thursday, September 11 2003
Todd McEwen's new novel positively pulsates with vigorous life, which is odd, as superficially it's a novel about dealing with the knowledge of death.
The Black Death, well, it wasn't much fun, was it? Neither is Pestilence, a novel set in 1347 Europe as the plague roared across the continent.
Jonathan Lethem has always been a cerebral writer with a junk-culture heart.
There's just not enough meat to this main course.
Wednesday, August 27 2003
The 1932 film White Zombie has been hailed by some as classic horror and derided by others as an incompetent mess. In fact, it is both.
Hollis Hampton-Jones has produced a svelte, trendy book that is reminiscent of the anything-goes tradition of porno-chic.
Alexie's latest collection of stories and the best writing he's done since the critically acclaimed The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven.