Tuesday, May 6 2003
Couldn’t Keep it to Myself: Wally Lamb and the Women of York Correctional Institution, Testimonies f
An inside look at the women behind the bars of a maximum security Connecticut prison, incarcerated for crimes whose breadth spans larceny by embezzlement to homicide in the first degree to manslaughter due to emotional duress.
The greater pity is that Veidt is not well known today though in the 1920s and 1930s he was considered in the same breath as Lon Chaney and John Barrymore.
Offers the fragmented speed of our lives the possibility that we can in fact make sense of ourselves and this world.
Wednesday, April 30 2003
Presents aging as some kind of illness that needs to be 'cured', rather than a natural process which brings with it maturity.
A peek behind the scenes of the 'toon boom' of the late '80s and '90s.
Otto Frank was as complicated and paradoxical as Anne was straightforward and ingenuous.
Charming, gentlemanly, sharp as a tack, and hysterically funny, leaving us with the question: how about a sequel?"
Offers a timely and wholly appropriate meditation on the historical recurrence of war as a fundamental human activity.
Wednesday, April 23 2003
A glorious and long overdue celebration of popular music.
If this book is brutally honest, if Wells is 'baseball's most beloved badass', I'm beginning to understand the demise of the sport and the lag in ticket sales.
Shows us the guy wouldn't quit living and working by and with his own rules.
[The author] puts his emphasis on the glimpse, the moment when the character has a flash of self-understanding, of self awareness.
Have you ever felt so wrong -- so out of place that your own emotions are painful and hostile? Felt like a freak in your own skin?"
Tuesday, April 15 2003
Halfway between a novel based on a TV show and a cut-and-paste 'Official Guide.'"
[It] bespeaks a surreal, slightly menacing world of private paranoia into which intrudes relentless, threatening forces of randomness, contingency, accident.
[He] spills the deep dark innards of the rehab process in an engaging, unwavering manner.
[Bigelow] is a film maker able to transcend the commercial constraints of Hollywood to author her own films in innovative and transgressive ways.
Tuesday, April 8 2003
It's a jack-in-the-box -- remember to back out of the way when you turn the literary handle.
Maybe the author is still too shell-shocked by 9/11 to write his 'real' 9/11 novel.
Skipping Towards Gomorrah: The Seven Deadly Sins and the Pursuit of Happiness in America by Dan Sava
Sinners, unlike the virtuous, do not attempt to impose their definition of happiness on others.