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Wednesday, July 28 2004

‘Waking Beauty’ Is a Book That Should Not Be Judged by Its Cover

Friedman spends a great deal of the book inverting common clichés and stereotypes when it comes to femininity and even human sexual power relationships.

The Twilight of Atheism: The Rise and Fall of Disbelief in the Modern World by Alister McGrath

Notice is paid to the corruption in theist organizations, but the slightest public indiscretion committed by anyone claiming to be an atheist is used to illustrate the innate failure of atheism.

The Devil’s Highway: A True Story by Luis Alberto Urrea

The book follows these men on their unlucky journey through the desert, and how each one is drained of their money, water, hopes, and for some, life.

A Continent for the Taking: The Tragedy and Hope of Africa by Howard W. French

What sets this account apart from so many others is French's sense of solidarity with those who are suffering under some of the most appalling conditions in the world.

Tuesday, July 20 2004

W. G. Sebald - A Critical Companion by J. J. Long and Anne Whitehead

Sebald's writings address memory as a structure of experience, and as a series of metaphors through which he tries to understand history and the responsibilities with which it burdens the present.

The Last Love Story by Rodney Hall

Hall considers the effect of a post-terrorism existence on the young and in love who have little to do with politics and guns and war.

Better Off: Flipping the Switch on Technology by Eric Brende

One senses the book becoming more of a lame apologia for the moderate use of technology, rather than emphasizing the merits of 'flipping the switch' on all things electric.

Attitude 2: The New Subversive Alternative Cartoonists by Ted Rall

The newspaper comics page, burdened with an imagined audience of children, strives mostly for the inoffensive and the palatable and rarely prints anything more upsetting to the system than corn flakes.

Tuesday, July 13 2004

Divine Sarah by Adam Braver

There is a deep understanding of what makes a true artist tick, and the symbiotic relationship between an actress and her audience.

Camus & Sartre: The Story of a Friendship and the Quarrel that Ended It by Ronald Aronson

While, for the duration of the book, we do get a fascinating, often objective account of their historic friendship, what we often find, in the subtext of the prose, is a leftist apologist hard at work.

Birth of a Nation by Aaron McGruder and Reginald Hudlin with illustrations by Kyle Baker

The point of this story is less the plausibility of a city's secession than the implication of downtrodden people wielding the tools of transnational capitalism.

Being Jordan: My Autobiography by Katie Price

Whenever she goes out partying with friends she plays the part of Jordan; she meets men as Jordan, and, in a form of identity striptease, gradually reveals the Katie Price.

American Whiskey Bar by Michael Turner

Notwithstanding the $5,000, I'm afraid that Klaus 9 might get ticked off if I reveal too much.

Wednesday, July 7 2004

Sweet Land Stories by E. L. Doctorow

Grand statements, Doctorow seems to suggest, can be covered up and conspired away, but smaller, more personal defiances can carry much more weight.

How the Light Gets In by M.J. Hyland

Lou's fondness for smokes and booze is just one indication Hyland gives that her protagonist is struggling with Repressed Teen Syndrome.

Dog on the Cross by Aaron Gwyn

Gwyn sees language as 'a window into an imaginative space,' but he also believes that it is a 'virus . . . that enters us and reconfigures us in some fundamental way.'

Becoming a Tiger: How Baby Animals Learn to Live in the Wild by Susan McCarthy

There's a reason a critter should be born knowing everything and having to learn nothing. Brains are expensive organs to maintain.

Tuesday, June 29 2004

Surrealist Art and Thought in the 1930s: Art, Politics and the Psyche by Steven Harris

The co-option of the movement into modern mass culture is overwhelming, a testament to its genuinely threatening force.

So You Wanna Be a Rock & Roll Star: How I Machine-Gunned a Roomful of Record Executives and Other Tr

Slichter seems to have cleverly rewritten his material in the apparent hope that it can be used as a textbook by burgeoning young stars to slip past the Simon Cowells of the music world.

Peace Kills: America’s Fun New Imperialism by P.J. O’Rourke

O'Rourke does more than simply visit these places, he goes out of his way to finding understanding in them, to find common ground. It's a commitment few understand and are willing to indulge in.

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