Wednesday, March 19 2003
Offers an important meditation on the enduring meanings of age, maturity and experience in a world increasingly devoted to the brevity of youth.
Wednesday, March 12 2003
What About The Kids? Raising Your Children Before, During, and After Divorce by Judith S. Wallerstei
Dr. Spock and others publish child care books. Well, this is a divorce care book.
Terrorists are using our own systems against us, and inherent in our systems is paranoia.
I was pleasantly surprised to discover [the book] is really about that nearly missing ingredient in today's world -- responsibility -- and its re-release is timely and significant.
There is a certain mystery around femininity that involves china teacups, cigarettes, old-fashioned perfume and a glamorous Sunset Boulevard sort of decay.
[This book] is essential for anyone interested in Hollywood -- particularly its heretofore unwritten past -- and for gays and lesbians looking to recover some of their history.
Wednesday, March 5 2003
[Mahmoud Darwish] is a force, undoubtedly the most popular and powerful poet of the Middle East.
The sometime first-person narrator is really just one of dozens of personalities literally shacking up in the head of the protagonist.
[It] takes the cultural confusion, the anachronism that is the New South and with tongue firmly in cheek, describes the region's dwindling pseudo-aristocratic heritage.
Gordy wasn't running a record company; he was running a factory.
He is . . . a skilled writer who infuses a tale of war with warmth, magic and humanity.
This is your quintessential dysfunctional family with intriguing secrets popping up all over the place.
Wednesday, February 26 2003
This desire to know and to accept that knowing is the only possible way forward is the theme tackled by Penelope Lively in her latest novel.
A beautifully written but ultimately unsatisfying novel about the trappings of life and the artifice of friendship.
Carefully and meticulously, van Heerden chronicles the notion of apartheid and its effect the inhabitants of Yearsonend.
The best love poetry (and there's a lot of it in this book) achieves this mingling of the solid and the intellectual.
Wednesday, February 19 2003
A work of mourning -- mourning for a humanity, an earth which has lost control through globalisation, through the irresponsibility of power-crazy politicians and businessmen.
It is sparkling, sophisticated and heady -- and more than a little addictive.
An intense extrapolation of the crises that have sullied Zimbabwe over the last three decades.
Deserves a spot on every bookshelf (Stones fan, or no Stones fan). And to the gentlemen of the Rolling Stones we have this to say: Thanks, and for our sake, please keep rockin'.