Tuesday, February 15 2005
Dealing with abstract-thinking introverts is no easy task. There's always the pressure to glean conflict and drama from lives short on dramatic excess.
Tuesday, February 8 2005
What else might one expect from the man who proclaimed, 'I'm still an atheist... thank God!'?"
Using his own extensive research and interviews with Cash and his band/entourage, Streissguth recreates the legendary day that Cash stepped inside Folsom's walls and put history to tape.
I think it wouldn't be a stretch to suggest that some readers might soon be calling Word Riot Press the Sub Pop of the book world.
Nothing is absolute in Blackbodying, its narrators cannot be trusted and its conclusion is far from a satisfying inevitablity.
To fiddle confidently in the field of general relativity or to wander among the molecules busily making protein and then to write about it for mass consumption takes talent and courage.
Tuesday, February 1 2005
The coverage goes beyond name-dropping and timelines in an effort to communicate and create new conversations around Amos' music.
It celebrates the very act of discovering Proust, an occasion Acimen likens to 'wandering through a totally unfamiliar land and finding it peopled with kindred spirits and sister souls and fellow countrymen'.
Nick Hornby is just humble enough that you cannot hate or resent him, yet authoritative enough that you still retain some reason to respect and be interested in his opinion on books.
Elizabeth Frank's first novel -- arriving 20 years after her Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of the poet Louise Bogan -- delivers many compelling scenes of a woman's struggle to balance her own needs with those of her family, but dually flounders in its disregard for pithiness.
Tuesday, January 25 2005
The author should be commended for having the bravery to take celebrity worship to its logical end -- the celebrity actually becomes a goddess, and actually is worshipped.
The real problem is Ebert's capacity, like Oprah Winfrey through her book club, to name what's valuable by sheer force of personality and mass media exposure.
What's truly refreshing about this attempt at juvenile rock memoir, rock history and all-around 'how to make it' guide,' is that Bidini doesn't talk down to his young audience.
Tuesday, January 18 2005
The novel unintentionally answers one of modern literature's most puzzling questions: What if the characters in Generation X actually had to do something?"
The book is infused with the hope that travel can be revelatory and monumental; also hanging over these stories, however, is the depressing realization that you cannot run from your problem.
The novel is a literary treat in its examination of Southern culture and northern industrialism, the fall of the Southern aristocracy and the rise of a new middle class.
It's partly a technical book, partly a detective novel, and partly a sociological treatise.
Tuesday, January 11 2005
Bielski no doubt invokes Dostoevsky because he is literature's finest chronicler of the human conscience in revolt.
This is less about confession, and more about who these writers are and how they got that way.
Traig paints a strangely colorful and flippant picture of a life with a host of serious mental and physical problems.