Tuesday, April 19 2005
The joke does, of course, wear thin, but Silverstein's poems are smarter and more robust to rely entirely on this gimmick.
The problem with the decontextualization of the yo mama joke is that the fun of yo mama snaps has always been the interplay between the joker and the jokee.
One could say that John Tolley possesses a prevalent characteristic of modern times -- the preoccupation with celebrity, especially those notorious for their exploits.
What separates Connolly from the pack, however, is that the guy can also be very, very funny.
Tuesday, April 12 2005
We find out that the real hell exists on earth in the forms of war, death and destruction.
I found my brows had furrowed, my fingers were numb, and I wanted to put the book down and run away. And then I realized -- that's why I read horror fiction.
Idle's humanity, ultimately, saves this book from becoming a run-of-the-mill title that usually clogs the humor section at your local bookstore.
Ray Bradbury's stories stick in the mind like myths, because they are so terrible and vehement in their plotting.
Tuesday, April 5 2005
Fattaruso avoids letting the tale drown in its own inventiveness, instead impelling the undersized novel's surrealist vibe with the romantic heart of a poet, a Fellini film scripted by Neruda.
Man, I cannot begin to bitch enough about impenetrable prose of the sort you'd normally find on the lyric sheet to 'The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway'.
When Boyd does make attempts at description, he produces painful prose. The boxing metaphors just keep coming.
For readers who see specters of the Tyrel Corporation in headlines every day, Naam's relentlessly optimistic take on the future of biotechnology is a tough pill to swallow.
The commercial success of The Da Vinci Code isn't just a lesson in shrewd marketing, either. There's something else going on: a thirst for something deeper and richer.
Tuesday, March 29 2005
The Winter family's disastrous experience is a microcosm of the relationship between the world's haves and have-nots.
This book had the makings of a great literary-mystery hybrid of the sort not seen since, perhaps, Raymond Chandler's The Long Goodbye.
Charlie Fell is a slightly jaded yet optimistic reincarnation of Stephen Dedalus. And, like Dedalus, he wonders endlessly, trying to find meaning to his life.
The Music Internet Untangled: Using Online Services to Expand Your Musical Horizons by Andy Breeding
No longer do you have to hang out at the local record store to hear new music, nor do you have to pour over countless magazines and spend lots of money on bands you've never heard before.
In the world of social critic Nelson George, even the villain reads Toni Morrison on the way to kidnap the world's reigning pop princess.
Tuesday, March 22 2005
While the final effect is like a pointillist painting that adds up to something amazing, waiting for McEwan to connect the dots becomes a little tiring.
McKinney sets out to re-place the greatest band in rock and roll history within the context of the volatile time in which the band exploded into the public consciousness, changing the band, its four members and everyone forever.