Wednesday, July 28 2004
Friedman spends a great deal of the book inverting common clichés and stereotypes when it comes to femininity and even human sexual power relationships.
Notice is paid to the corruption in theist organizations, but the slightest public indiscretion committed by anyone claiming to be an atheist is used to illustrate the innate failure of atheism.
The book follows these men on their unlucky journey through the desert, and how each one is drained of their money, water, hopes, and for some, life.
What sets this account apart from so many others is French's sense of solidarity with those who are suffering under some of the most appalling conditions in the world.
Tuesday, July 20 2004
Sebald's writings address memory as a structure of experience, and as a series of metaphors through which he tries to understand history and the responsibilities with which it burdens the present.
Hall considers the effect of a post-terrorism existence on the young and in love who have little to do with politics and guns and war.
One senses the book becoming more of a lame apologia for the moderate use of technology, rather than emphasizing the merits of 'flipping the switch' on all things electric.
The newspaper comics page, burdened with an imagined audience of children, strives mostly for the inoffensive and the palatable and rarely prints anything more upsetting to the system than corn flakes.
Tuesday, July 13 2004
There is a deep understanding of what makes a true artist tick, and the symbiotic relationship between an actress and her audience.
While, for the duration of the book, we do get a fascinating, often objective account of their historic friendship, what we often find, in the subtext of the prose, is a leftist apologist hard at work.
The point of this story is less the plausibility of a city's secession than the implication of downtrodden people wielding the tools of transnational capitalism.
Whenever she goes out partying with friends she plays the part of Jordan; she meets men as Jordan, and, in a form of identity striptease, gradually reveals the Katie Price.
Notwithstanding the $5,000, I'm afraid that Klaus 9 might get ticked off if I reveal too much.
Wednesday, July 7 2004
Grand statements, Doctorow seems to suggest, can be covered up and conspired away, but smaller, more personal defiances can carry much more weight.
Lou's fondness for smokes and booze is just one indication Hyland gives that her protagonist is struggling with Repressed Teen Syndrome.
Gwyn sees language as 'a window into an imaginative space,' but he also believes that it is a 'virus . . . that enters us and reconfigures us in some fundamental way.'
There's a reason a critter should be born knowing everything and having to learn nothing. Brains are expensive organs to maintain.
Tuesday, June 29 2004
The co-option of the movement into modern mass culture is overwhelming, a testament to its genuinely threatening force.
So You Wanna Be a Rock & Roll Star: How I Machine-Gunned a Roomful of Record Executives and Other Tr
Slichter seems to have cleverly rewritten his material in the apparent hope that it can be used as a textbook by burgeoning young stars to slip past the Simon Cowells of the music world.
O'Rourke does more than simply visit these places, he goes out of his way to finding understanding in them, to find common ground. It's a commitment few understand and are willing to indulge in.