Friday, February 7 2014
This is a story whose audacious premise is grandiose enough to swallow most anything the reader could think to throw it at.
Jane's is the tourist's world of "towering eucalyptus smelling of mint" and an evening sun "cracked in a marble sky". Esther's is a world is full of violence and the fear of dying at any minute.
Thursday, February 6 2014
The Trip to Echo Spring contemplates the vexed relationship between six great American writers and the alcoholism that undermined their lives.
These interviews range from the succinct to the sublime with many artists feeling they are only vessels for the music which somehow comes from some universal wellspring of the human experience.
Wednesday, February 5 2014
Ruth Ozeki’s A Tale for the Time Being is an enormous step forward from her prior novels, taking on nothing less than the meaning of time itself.
The most fascinating element about Leonard's Bernstein’s letters is that he was inventing a character his entire life.
Tuesday, February 4 2014
Science fiction was never really about predicting the future so much as it was extrapolating and speculating on possible futures.
Reading Vanished sometimes feels like listening to a storyteller who wants to tell you so much that he forgets the original point.
Monday, February 3 2014
Sure to please literature snobs and those devoted to images, Jeff VanderMeer has created a work of art that's also educational.
Friday, January 31 2014
A hodgepodge of The Wizard of Oz, Pink Floyd, game theory, and philosophical thought experiments, Darkside is a self-reflexive interrogation of the nature of reality and fiction.
The Cool School reminds us why sometimes it’s better not to be cool because if being cool means being as unbearable as some of these hopheads, what’s the point?
Thursday, January 30 2014
A Queer History of Fashion: From the Closet to the Catwalk reveals many of the fashion industry's dirty little secrets hidden under all that fabric.
The White Devil: The Werewolf in European Culture gives you what you wish your teachers taught you in school: Werewolf History.
Wednesday, January 29 2014
Barry Miles' Call Me Burroughs may the best biography written about the man to date.
This is a story that asks: which way will she jump? In order to be compelled by this question, the reader needs to have an interest in the protagonist’s options.
Tuesday, January 28 2014
The long-awaited first volume of an encyclopedic biography of Barbara Stanwyck’s life and career arrives on shelves with plenty of flaws for the second installment to correct.
Chico Buarque's fourth novel emphasizes the significance of a life fully lived, despite its brevity.
Monday, January 27 2014
This is an exhaustive, if exhausting analysis of the debauchery and bad decisions that link the most famous members of the "27 Club".
Jeffrey Stepakoff's The Melody of Secrets is a complex story of unrequited love, racial tensions, the space age, and the after-effects of World War II.
Friday, January 24 2014
Steven Moore develops layered landscapes of literary history, and deftly brings the reader to the various authors' time and place.