Thursday, September 22 2005
How Mumbo Jumbo Conquered the World is no mere catalog of silliness and superstition for the amusement of the learned bourgeoisie -- rather it is a powerful jeremiad against the very foundations of modern society.
Wednesday, September 21 2005
The problem with DuBois's book is that exploration of this miraculous and otherworldly gift is lost amid a confused, unfocused work that can't decide if it's a memoir, self-help book, or a book of advice for potential psychics.
Tuesday, September 20 2005
In Tyrant, the pulleys and winches of Manfredi's fictional techniques are embarrassingly visible right from the start.
Monday, September 19 2005
Illness has shrunk Floyd's world and forced him to concentrate on his immediate surroundings, and this means he engages with the geology, the weather and the vegetation around him with a visceral intimacy.
Friday, September 16 2005
Any concept of Enlightenment that can attempt with a straight face to trace a direct genealogy to George W. Bush is predicated on a reading of history so attenuated and abused as to be rendered comically unrecognizable.
Thursday, September 15 2005
Finkel's transgression, thus articulated, seems much more comprehensible than those of Stephen Glass and Jayson Blair.
Wednesday, September 14 2005
Two middle-aged, former hell-raisers from similar English seaside towns are making fascinating waves in alternative chick-lit.
Tuesday, September 13 2005
While Shooting from the Hip is recommended without hesitation as an excellent book, it must also be noted that it is an incomplete one.
Monday, September 12 2005
Besides documenting the relentless terror and humiliation she and other German women endured, the diary offers a unique window on the German psyche as it comes to terms with Third Reich's wholesale collapse.
Friday, September 2 2005
These were the moments I truly cared about Max and his experiences by the sea. I identified with him, with his longings, and his fearless divulgence of his most private secrets and thoughts.
Thursday, September 1 2005
In the acknowledgements in Joe Meno's third novel, Hairstyles of the Damned, Meno writes, 'You Suck It: Judith Regan. Badly. And all you other bad publishing corporations. Be ready, the end is nigh.'"
Wednesday, August 31 2005
The author's prescription for a better life doesn't assume that we're going to go to yoga every day or maintain a distance from drugs and alcohol.
Tuesday, August 30 2005
Don’t Get Too Comfortable: The Indignities of Coach Class, the Torments of Low Thread Count, the Nev
He's a gay Jewish Canadian. Swoon! If only I could be one of those things, I would never get over my own fantastic exoticism.
Friday, August 26 2005
The novel, in spite of its tendency to linger on the shallow side of appearances, makes some very telling points about life in the Hamptons.
Thursday, August 25 2005
This book is an excellent primer for those interested in learning the basics about HomoCore.
Wednesday, August 24 2005
Even (assumedly) well-meaning liberal conservationists and local celebs' valiant acts of working-class empathy and attempts at preserving the area's history can't escape Dolgon's sharp criticism.
Monday, August 22 2005
With the intimacy of a true fan and the validity of a music critic, he weaves the fascinating story behind its release and the band's response to their newfound critical acclaim, including the only known correspondence between Murdoch and Morrissey, doppelgangers as they may be.
Friday, August 19 2005
Roger Holland looks at a couple of instant classics of Crime-Lit For Chicks and Right Wing War Games For Boys.
Thursday, August 18 2005
Jones's characters are always a hair's breadth away from incarceration, eviction, or any number of other troubles.
Tuesday, August 16 2005
The story is desperate, it's harrowing, and in light of current events, it's as timely now as it was when it first arrived.