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Thursday, March 23 2006

Arte Povera by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev

With the beautifully designed Arte Povera, Phaidon once again makes art from documentation of art.


Wednesday, March 22 2006

Wired for Chaos by Brett L. Renwick

If Wired for Chaos is not flawed in execution, then maybe it is flawed in vision.


Tuesday, March 21 2006

Think!: Why Crucial Decisions Can’t Be Made in the Blink of an Eye by Michael R. LeGault

'The logical outcome of reality TV is snuff movies,' warns LeGault, quoting the opinion of another analyst without any facts to merit this assumption.


Monday, March 20 2006

The Gang That Wouldn’t Write Straight: Wolfe, Thompson, Didion, and the New Journalism by Marc Weing

Suddenly, the New Journalists became practitioners of what became known as the 'art of fact'.


Friday, March 17 2006

Apex Hides the Hurt by Colson Whitehead

The danger with satire is that real life might be more inherently ridiculous than the satirist's creations.


Thursday, March 16 2006

White Money/Black Power: The Surprising History of African American Studies and the Crisis of Race i

White Money/Black Power might not make the best Kwanzaa stocking stuffer. But for those interested in understanding the ways philanthropy and politics are inextricably tied to intellectual production and academic projects, this is your book.


Wednesday, March 15 2006

Hard-Boiled Masculinities by Christopher Breu

The adoption of a hard-boiled persona by a character reflects his response to the particular capitalism of the US in the interwar period, frequently against the normative movement and in desire of a pre-industrial, agrarian society.


Tuesday, March 14 2006

Household Words: Bloomers, sucker, bombshell, scab, nigger, cyber by Stephanie A. Smith

Surely Smith knows that a radical reinterpretation of Dreiser or Fitzgerald's The Last Tycoon is not going to take the sting out of being called nigger or scab.


Monday, March 13 2006

The Dead Emcee Scrolls: The Lost Teachings of Hip-Hop by Saul Williams

Certain things never change: s'mores are still delicious, rainbows are still happy, calculus is still confusing, and Saul Williams is still angry at mainstream hip-hop culture.


Thursday, March 9 2006

The Fame Game: How to Make the Most of Your 15 Minutes by Michael Flocker

'I have never seen [Tara Reid] in any movie or television program, but from what I gather, she is an actress.'"


Wednesday, March 8 2006

Wholphin No. 1: DVD Magazine of Unseen Things by McSweeney’s

The DVD part is obvious. But why is Wholphin also billing itself as a magazine?"


Tuesday, March 7 2006

The Dictionary of Corporate Bullshit: An A to Z Lexicon of Empty, Enraging, and Just Plain Stupid Of

We are getting a glimpse of someone else's office hell, and that makes it engaging in that car crash kind of way.


Monday, March 6 2006

A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore

With a joke to page ratio this high, a lot of smiling will be done while reading, and maybe even some bona fide out loud laughing.


Thursday, March 2 2006

A Crack in the Edge of the World: America and the Great California Earthquake of 1906 by Simon Winch

Through no weakness on the author or publisher, it arrived not long after Hurricane Katrina wiped out New Orleans, another American city at the opposite end of the country and century.


Wednesday, March 1 2006

The Colossal P.T. Barnum Reader: Nothing Else Like It in the Universe by Phineas T. Barnum

Cook writes that 'even at the height of radical Reconstruction, [Barnum] continued to promote brutally dehumanizing images of people of color on stage.'"


Tuesday, February 28 2006

Pretty Little Dirty by Amanda Boyden

If you've seen Catherine Hardwicke's Thirteen, you have read Pretty Little Dirty.


Monday, February 27 2006

The Brief History of the Dead by Kevin Brockmeier

In Brockmeier's prose, the characters are not forged by the infrequent trial or tribulation they experienced in life, rather they are defined by the accumulation of the small details they never bothered to notice.


Thursday, February 23 2006

The Man Behind The Da Vinci Code: The Unauthorized Biography of Dan Brown by Lisa Rogak

Did you know that Dan Brown released two pop records and married his publicist?"


Wednesday, February 22 2006

The Postmodern Preacher: The Rise of Bishop T.D. Jakes by Shayne Lee

I get the sense Lee is saying, 'Don't hate the player, hate the game.' In other words, ye among us who would not accept multimillion-dollar book deals, recording contracts and public acclaim cast the first stone.


Tuesday, February 21 2006

The Dark Side of the Moon: The Making of the Pink Floyd Masterpiece by John Harris

Tellingly, you get a better sense of the synthesizer's personality than the band's. Were the Floyd just following 'the English way', or were they dull, arrogant bastards? You decide.


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