Tuesday, June 29 2004
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.
Bezmozgis is undeniably a promising young writer, but now, only 147 pages into his career, he could not be called the new Roth, the new Malamud, or even the new Jhumpa Lahiri.
Tuesday, June 22 2004
So Long Been Dreaming: Postcolonial Science Fiction and Fantasy by Nalo Hopkinson and Uppinder Mehan
We cannot reverse the effects of colonization: exploration alters not only the colonized, 'discovered' people but the explorer.
The Hollywood Dodo itself is a film script, a mechanical reproduction of the extinct bird, a few corpses, fragments of a novel -- in fact a multitude of interlinked things.
Even if Mia acts and dresses like she is working class, she will never be working class. In the end, Mia hasn't changed; her evolution is superficial.
If the bad guys won, then maybe the good guys lost, and that's certainly true in Bill Buckner's case.
Tuesday, June 15 2004
Elizabeth Short exists now as an image, the victim of what Gilmore calls 'crime as a spectacular act'.
No wonder there's a skeleton on the front cover. The story is entirely bare bones.
The Fascists took up the fashion industry cause as part of their agenda of managing cultural expressions of nation, class and gender in the construction of a New Italy.
Tuesday, June 8 2004
Coming of age plots haven't gone out of style -- the term has. There's got to be a better phrase: Grow up or shut up. Reality excursions. Maturity madness.
Once you've looked at people on a close enough level, you can't pretend to believe in normality any longer.
Sunday, June 6 2004
The Secret Life of Lobsters: How Fishermen and Scientists Are Unraveling the Mysteries of Our Favori
Yuppie feeding frenzies have driven other species to the brink of extinction. Might that be the lobster's fate?"
The deep control that software gives us over images also softens our trust that they represent something genuine.
Wednesday, June 2 2004
The picnic is an everyday possibility, a refuge from the demands of the working world that can be accessed in the city as well as the countryside.
While decrying the pop culture mass-produced state of the music industry, Fitzhugh veers dangerously close to contributing to the mass-produced made-for-the-movies state of the publishing industry.
When Ted Koppel and the Dixie Chicks are arguably more 'punk' than most politically lazy Generation-Y rock bands, you know something's amiss.
After re-experiencing the World Trade Center attacks, there can't fail to be a sense of history in the making, for Rinaldi manages to convey the peculiar fascination of September 11th and its lasting effect on the American consciousness.
Wednesday, May 26 2004
What elevates this book far beyond other page-turners is Green's acute understanding of the emotional bonds between people: father and son, husband and wife, boss and subordinate.
The author has wants only to champion the self-awareness of some of them rather than challenge their idea that a bad upbringing is a license to be an asshole.