Thursday, December 1 2005
By using the previous genocide of the native residents of North America as a futuristic rallying cry for his characters, Dick delivers an interesting epic without a great deal of technical wizardry or speculative mumbo jumbo.
Wednesday, November 30 2005
Nearly every poem springs from/exists in the Relentlessly Everyday.
Tuesday, November 29 2005
The novel suggests that, if not faced -- if only medicated away, as both Clara and Mark have been wont to do -- shadows of the past will permeate the present.
Monday, November 28 2005
The allure of spice lives on in the present, although certainly in a less rarified atmosphere than in its heyday.
Wednesday, November 23 2005
Surrender is a novel about a young boy made to bear an unbearable burden, and about the bargains he strikes to sustain himself.
Former journalist Kane's flawed but passionate take on Lennon succeeds because of its flaws -- not unlike Lennon himself.
Tuesday, November 22 2005
The stories that hover closer to reality fixate wonderfully on the dynamics of female relationships and the sometimes absurdity, cattiness, and masochism that accompany them.
Monday, November 21 2005
In the space of these five short works the conscientious reader can chart the gradual awakening of a major talent.
Friday, November 18 2005
I admit I never saw Cliff and Claire attending a 'Free Mumia Abu Jamal' rally. But, then again, I never saw JJ, Re-Run, or Lionel out fighting for the cause of freedom either.
Thursday, November 17 2005
Consuming Kids: Protecting Our Children from the Onslaught of Marketing and Advertising by Susan Lin
A puppeteer who regularly appeared on Mister Roger's Neighborhood, Linn alleges that the children's marketing industry is making kids fat, unimaginative, materialistic, and insensitive.
Wednesday, November 16 2005
There is no smoking gun, so Perry examines each phase of Straight's life and sees dastardly deeds wherever he treads.
Monday, November 14 2005
The cumulative effect is quite powerful, the equivalent of an epic poem told in a series Zen koans.
Friday, November 11 2005
Since Carrie was about telekinesis -- not the most classical of creature features -- 'Salem's Lot represents King's first stab a legitimate horror archetypes, and as he would go on to prove time and time again, no one can rework the classics better than he.
Thursday, November 10 2005
By modeling 99 Ways after the work of a prose writer, Madden holds his work alongside works of literature -- asserting comics' place in the literary realm.
Wednesday, November 9 2005
It's fitting then that, as Da Vinci Code mania reaches a ridiculous fever pitch (in preparation for the 2006 big screen version) Langdon and Broadway Books are dusting off Wordplay for a new reprinting.
Tuesday, November 8 2005
What On Beauty lacks in stylistic verve, it makes up for in overarching, mammoth storytelling.
Monday, November 7 2005
Rauch takes The Sandman on its own terms, as a comic book, not as a paper movie, or as a piece of disposable pop culture.
This is the first thing I've read of Neil's where the voice of the narrator sounded just like him. It's sharp and witty and clever and, well, British.
Friday, November 4 2005
It's hard to find any meaningful distinction between Pollard's poems and his songs, other than the latter generally work, and the former generally don't.
Thursday, November 3 2005
The Knife Man: The Extraordinary Life and Times of John Hunter, Father of Modern Surgery by Wendy Mo
Ms. Moore, whose prose is populist rather than matching any scholar's norm, wisely opens the book with demonstration of John's humanitarian concern.