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Tuesday, January 11 2005

The Conversations: Walter Murch and the Art of Editing Film by Michael Ondaatje

Murch's example reveals how art is actively created through engagement with raw materials, which are transformed, for good or bad, into the stuff of dreams.

Tuesday, January 4 2005

New Cinematographers by Alexander Ballinger

Ballinger opens up the roles a director of photographer must assume on a movie set, letting others in on the sometimes cumbersome but richly rewarding craft of cinematography.

Kin: New Fiction by Black and Asian Women by Karen McCarthy

McCarthy destabilizes conventional definitions of 'family' by suggesting socially rather than biologically defined kin relations. She presses readers to challenge pedestrian conceptions of the very word.

I Am a Red Dress by Anna Camilleri

It's more than a story of incest and its aftermath; it's a study of one woman's search for identity in an environment in which all the traditional building blocks of the self have been broken apart.

The Cult of Personality: How Personality Tests Are Leading Us to Miseducate Our Children, Mismanage

It wouldn't be so distressing if these tests simply existed innocuously in their own little pocket of American life; the reality of it is that they find their way into nearly every aspect of how we live our lives publicly.

Tuesday, December 14 2004

Saint Morrissey by Mark Simpson

Morrissey is loved because he feels unloved. His followers revel helplessly in the romanticized hyperbole of self-pity.

The Rise of Fashion: A Reader by Daniel Leonhard Purdy

In many respects, the fashion debate is a product of the emergence of modern culture and its various forms of accommodation and resistance.

Exuberance: The Passion for Life by Kay Redfield Jamison

This is a book about risk-takers and nature-lovers, the vain and the brilliant and the assertive, those who know what it is to feel musical bliss, religious ecstasy, and love fulfilled.

Da Capo Best Music Writing 2004 by Mickey Hart

Its annual publication is an act of canon formation, proclaiming what writers and topics are worth remembering and what constitutes 'good' in either music or its critical examination.

Dreaming in the Rain: How Vancouver Became Hollywood North by Northwest by David Spaner

How, exactly, do you define a movie as being 'distinctly Canadian,' and once you've defined it, how do you manage to make it?"

Tuesday, December 7 2004

The Wilco Book (Book + CD) by Wilco

It's clear to see that without this kind of playful exploration to rein back for their song-based work, Wilco might not be Wilco.

Sun Tzu Was a Sissy: Conquer Your Enemies, Promote Your Friends, and Wage the Real Art of War by Sta

In Bing's world, only loved ones are entitled to the smallest sliver of loyalty; everyone else is the enemy. And in Bing's world, you crush the enemy.

Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer by Warren St. John

Suddenly, the prospect of being in a locked room listening to Doris Kearns Goodwin discuss the Red Sox doesn't sound all so bad.

The O’Reilly Factor for Kids: A Survival Guide for America’s Families by Bill O’Reilly and Charles F

One of the serious problems with the book lies in O'Reilly's seeming belief that everything that works for him will work for others.

Hello, I’m Special: How Individuality Became The New Conformity by Hal Niedzviecki

Niedzviecki pins the blame for the apathetic lack of rebellion on an entire global culture industry that endlessly spits out reaffirming Sly Stone-esque 'Everybody Is a Star' and 'You Can Make It If You Try' platitudes.

Tuesday, November 30 2004

I Am Charlotte Simmons by Tom Wolfe

While she is certainly as self-possessed as the title claims, she does not move through the novel as an active agent, but instead merely reacts to the madness at Dupont.

A Girl Like Sugar by Emily Pohl-Weary

It's essentially a glossy pulp Chick Lit novel masquerading slightly as something else altogether, a candy kiss hiding barbed wire.

Elliott Smith and the Big Nothing by Benjamin Nugent

Throughout the course of the book Nugent is much more interested in explicating Smith's pseudo-biographical lyrics than in doing any of the metaphorical legwork required to come to any sort of decisive conclusions regarding Smith's life.

Bohemian Manifesto by Laren Stover

The bohemian ethic applies well to the new millennium young and young-at-heart populations eschewing the feed, breed, and greed way of life.

Tuesday, November 16 2004

XXX: 30 Porn-Star Portraits by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders

Judgment free, the author allows these people to put forward remarks and render themselves as more than holes, pile-drivers, screaming banshees, or grunting studs.

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