Wednesday, May 14 2003
A meticulous book as dense and pummeling as the music it chronicles.
These stories vibrate with the darker sides of civilization and the animal within, proving there is something valuable here beyond the prurient.
Copus is above all a poet of enquiry and careful scrutiny, using conceits of almost metaphysical intensity to trigger the reader's curiosity.
While it makes for good reading loaded with great description, it can definitely been seen as biased, and therefore non-credible.
Tuesday, May 6 2003
Warner takes his research and formulates a riveting story, a horror thriller fit for the most ardent fan of the genre. It's about harvesting organs and executing political prisoners according to a waiting (and cash carrying) recipient's need.
His purpose is to spark public debate before we go further down a road we will surely come to wish we had never traveled.
There's bad luck, rotten luck and then there's 'crumbluck' -- the brand of luck that seems something less than random, something closer to fate.
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?"