Tuesday, November 30 2004
While she is certainly as self-possessed as the title claims, she does not move through the novel as an active agent, but instead merely reacts to the madness at Dupont.
It's essentially a glossy pulp Chick Lit novel masquerading slightly as something else altogether, a candy kiss hiding barbed wire.
Throughout the course of the book Nugent is much more interested in explicating Smith's pseudo-biographical lyrics than in doing any of the metaphorical legwork required to come to any sort of decisive conclusions regarding Smith's life.
The bohemian ethic applies well to the new millennium young and young-at-heart populations eschewing the feed, breed, and greed way of life.
Tuesday, November 16 2004
Judgment free, the author allows these people to put forward remarks and render themselves as more than holes, pile-drivers, screaming banshees, or grunting studs.
If France is the dead, Germany is the stillborn future, and Roth's exile's life the displaced, unliveable present.
Gusterson argues that American military dominance is often successfully sold to the public as self-evident, humanitarian, or arising from providential destiny, not conscious political decisions.
Critical Condition: How Healthcare in America Became Big Business-and Bad Medicine by Donald L. Barl
Progress, if any is to be made, will not come until the wall is broken on the myth that a national public health care system is opposed to the core values of the United States' free market principals.
Tuesday, November 9 2004
You feel like you're sitting on a bench with Lewis as he disjointedly raps to you about everything from a weird undergrad experience to his first participation in a peace circle, all through a hip-hop lens.
While the topics discussed are various, there is one idea that unites the chapters, just as it unites humankind: the search for home.
For a collection that focuses so squarely on getting 'an eye for an eye', there's a surprisingly lack of payback for the reader.
Wednesday, November 3 2004
Each poem is located within a wider structure that organises the collection as a whole, which offers a nocturnal sequence of instruction stretching from dusk till dawn, a poetic long night's journey into day.
The letdown comes as we are drawn back into his tormented (and eventually tedious) inner life.
Perry's style is simple yet the intensity it conveys demonstrates how even the most fascinating and heartbreaking of tales can become so much more.
Only in that moment do we really break down, we split open, we reveal all that is within us without limitation. It is the most jarring freedom.
Monday, October 25 2004
Astin's list of gripes is a Mordor-mile long, and his new book gives him the ideal opportunity to repeatedly voice each and every one of them.
The close-knit family psycho-drama that the author intends simply loses its purpose as its scope is blown out of proportion to match the massive scenery of Niagara Falls.
The novel reads as if every next page will contain some major revelation to provide the right connections between these characters and elements. It's an expectation that goes unfulfilled even in the last sentence.
Tuesday, October 12 2004
Sometimes, you realize that the artist who once changed your life is no longer speaking about you in the way you thought they once did.
You don't always have to agree with Marez's rigid Neo-Marxist critical methods to appreciate the value of this detailed historic-cultural study of the blatantly racist, imperialist roots of today's 'war on drugs'.