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.
Friday, August 12 2005
It's fascinating to consider what the human forces behind the bomb would think of their work now, 60 years after the Trinity Test and the bombings at Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Thursday, August 11 2005
The truth is that English football supporters were far from the lethal killing machines Foer would have you believe.
Wednesday, August 10 2005
But we don't remember Chaucer for his contributions to English governance, we remember him as perhaps the single most significant architect of the modern English language.
Tuesday, August 9 2005
The Gods Drink Whiskey: Stumbling Toward Enlightenment in the Land of the Tattered Buddha by Stephen
Asma forces us to examine what areas of faith and secular life are inseparable from our identities, and in so doing he becomes an interesting counterpoint to the normal hero of the travelogue.
Friday, August 5 2005
Random House has released a fresh translation of Thomas Mann's The Magic Mountain. According to Tim O'Neil, it's the version for the ages.
Thursday, August 4 2005
According to Center Square, two things stood in Lynde's way: alcoholism and homosexuality. Of course, neither of those are necessarily a barrier to success in Hollywood.
Wednesday, August 3 2005
One of the book's main themes is how the second hand clothing market has provided opportunities for female self-determination, however limited by the silk canopy of patriarchal authority.
Tuesday, August 2 2005
MirrorMask: The Illustrated Film Script of the Motion Picture from The Jim Henson Company by Neil Ga
And so we have the strange situation in which we can peruse at length the full script and storyboards well before we have any chance of seeing the movie itself. It's the ultimate spoiler.
Monday, August 1 2005
With her astonishing run of the first five books, Rowling's magical thrillers have grown increasingly darker, using deaths in books four and five to really give the story's arc an emotional heft the first trio were thin on.
Friday, July 29 2005
Why White Kids Love Hip-Hop: Wankstas, Wiggers, Wannabes and the New Reality of Race in America by B
Just because Kitwana and other outside observers believe that youth in general should be rising up against its misguided elders, unfortunately doesn't mean that such a movement is underway.
Thursday, July 28 2005
In this novel, Paul Clayton pulls off the remarkable feat of being resoundingly anti-war yet simultaneously pro-troops.
Wednesday, July 27 2005
It's a puzzling decision: these images of banal ephemera simultaneously humanize Elvis and canonize him, treating his possessions as holy objects.
Tuesday, July 26 2005
This is a fiercely global poetry, one that requires (and provides) a wide if not particularly thorough knowledge of this planet's cultures.
Monday, July 25 2005
Essentially, A Movie... and a Book is a novel about writing a novel, which in terms of irritating and clichéd artistic gestures, is second only to movies about starving actors written and directed by actors, Garden State not withstanding.
Friday, July 22 2005
Simpson gives more evidence of Elvis's curious mind by listing selections from Graceland's library: Classics like Melville's Moby Dick, and St. Augustine's City of God, could be found alongside religious hokum like The Scientific Search for Jesus' Face.
Thursday, July 21 2005
These poems are like my football hero Art Monk: they go about their job with a sense of dignity and devotion, without much flash, simply doing the job really, really well.