Tuesday, September 14 2004
It is a pressure cooker situation. Many of the essays are filled with anger, resentment, confusion, misunderstanding, and contradictions.
Marc Acito, who has been called the 'gay Dave Barry,' understands sexual confusion and explores it subtly and lightly, avoiding a heavy-handed approach.
Tuesday, August 31 2004
The two most highly combustible issues in America -- race and sex -- had been doused with gasoline and set afire.
At best, such work is insightful; cross-breeding makes for more ingenious and unique prose. At its worse, bad multicultural literature is just bad writing.
Ghosts of Vesuvius: A New Look at the Last Days of Pompeii, How Towers Fall, and Other Strange Conne
Before we pass judgment on the moral fiber of earlier societies, we must first examine our own regard for humanity, our propensity for cruelty, and our readiness to deal with future disasters.
Some of her discoveries are trite, but they work in the plastic, Hollywood world in which Emily inhabits.
Wednesday, August 25 2004
The book reminds us that to create is to stand in the shadows of those who already have created.
What begins as an exciting premise, though, quickly dissolves into a bizarre mess of ill-conceived ideas and inconsistencies that twists the life of Hollywood biggest and most enduring icon into a preposterous joke.
Another day, another couple of dozen extinctions. Our calluses are so thick that the word extinction no longer riles even the most strident creationist.
To Hammond's great credit, she seems fully aware of the archetypes she has to work with and focuses plenty of attention on rendering relationship pathos beyond the clichéd characterizations.
Millington engages in far too much foreplay before getting to the nitty-gritty of the story. It takes roughly 170 pages until anyone actually drops their pants.
Tuesday, August 10 2004
Bynoe reminds readers throughout the book 'all of this is about more than hip-hop. Hip-hop is simply the metaphor for our lives.'"
His poems are costly, hard-worked monuments to his own internal struggle, jagged, often irregular chunks of language.
Hints of a bigger purpose that sprout up in some of the newer pieces, perhaps the vague outline of a history he is recording, albeit filtered through a funhouse mirror.
Birchard seems utterly, almost willfully, uninterested in DeMille as a man, as a flesh-and-blood human being complete with psyche, self, and soul.
Pearson and Maloney credit the success of both the magazine and the book to the original motto: that of successfully 'blurring the lines between education and entertainment'.
Tuesday, August 3 2004
What I see being published these days is poetry that either values language over life, or vice versa, rather than a productive friction between the two.
The past and the present are sandwiched together in a sort of unholy fusion of summertime back porch reminiscence and a lunchtime program at the Brookings Institution.
The book deals with a different kind of perfect storm -- the emotional lives of the fishermen and of the Coast Guard heroes who save them.
The authors 'expose' celebrities' narcissism, sense of entitlement and bad judgment. However, it has often been said that at least two of those qualities are prerequisites to work in Hollywood.