Tuesday, February 7 2006
DaCapo Best Music Writing 2005: The Year’s Finest Writing on Rock, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Pop, Country & Mor
J.T. LeRoy compiles essays for Da Capo's latest Best Music Writing collection. Not that anyone can tell.
Monday, February 6 2006
Television and history books have claimed the dry facts and the archival images of 11 September, but the perfect tone and human nature of this novel has captured the people, their emotions, and their stories.
Friday, February 3 2006
I would have included 'Bags' Groove' on my Miles list, 'A Case of You' over 'California' on my Joni list, made room for 'Man Out of Time' and 'Oliver's Army' on my Elvis Costello list, found a place for Rush and Buddy Holly.
Thursday, February 2 2006
It is rare to read a novel concerned with the intersection between two characters who have made life-altering choices: the one by Dr. Knowles to perform abortions, and the other by a religious fanatic to perpetrate violence against him.
Wednesday, February 1 2006
If an employee, facing prison time like Eric, decides to betray the organization, then Toe Tag is dispatched to issue a severance package.
Tuesday, January 31 2006
Beneath his clever camouflage of trendy, go-to-hell coolness, Ruland is a philosopher decrying our dehumanization and depersonalization.
Monday, January 30 2006
Mehta has managed to paint a rich and intimate portrait of Bombay, one informed by a journalist's eye, and a homecoming heart.
Wednesday, January 25 2006
Law and Order: Street Crime, Civil Unrest, and the Crisis of Liberalism in the 1960s by Michael W. F
Flamm eventually pieces together an all-too familiar scenario in which scheming conservatives (barely) triumph over befuddled Dems via mantra-like repetition of easily digestible sound-bites.
Monday, January 23 2006
It just sounds like the way Spalding Gray would die. His would not be a life finished by old age, or the standard natural causes. No, Gray's existence was fated to end like most of his monologues.
Thursday, January 12 2006
Would it be out of line to call Margaret Atwood a cranky old broad?"
Monday, January 9 2006
100 Posters, 134 Squirrels: A Decade of Hot Dogs, Large Mammals, and Independent Rock: The Handcraft
Jay Ryan's decade of rock-postering has produced some superb and arresting work.
Friday, January 6 2006
Wright makes a convincing argument that the papal suppression of Galileo, while regrettable, has unfairly tarnished this era of the Church's scientific activities in the eyes of history.
Thursday, January 5 2006
Both Roger and Willie are, in effect, poorly disguised mouthpieces for Naipaul's right-wing socio-political observations.
Wednesday, January 4 2006
Looking at the United States from the knees of those who fashioned its history offers a fresh perspective on the country's past.
Friday, December 23 2005
I didn't need Tamara Draut to tell me that I'm strapped, but I did need her to tell my mom.
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.