Friday, November 1 2013
To deny the value of literature requires a willful ignorance of almost heroic proportions, and this is a welcome reminder of the role it has played in our lives, and of its indubitable destiny to continue to do so.
The author suggests that Masters spent his entire life trying to discover love.
Thursday, October 31 2013
David Lazar's writing in Occasional Desire: Essays is personal yet scholarly, funny yet melancholy, familiar and warm, yet experimental and original.
Rob Sheffield returns with an inspiring love story and musical memoir that is also funny, touching, and smart.
Sheffield is a supersmart, insightful, funny, passionate fan who delights in the visceral and communal pleasures of popular music.
Wednesday, October 30 2013
Thomas E. Patterson's Informing the News: The Need for Knowledge-Based Journalism is a critical reminder that a free press can only work when citizens hold it to high standards.
Everyone in Hollywood knew George Cukor’s secret, but it was never spoken freely until the arrival of Patrick McGilligan’s thoroughly researched book.
Tuesday, October 29 2013
Did you know that Mexico City hosts its own major rock festival (Corona Capital), there is an annual electronic music fest in Beijing (INTRO), and South Africa has its own Burning Man inspired event (Afrikaburn)?
Monday, October 28 2013
The political drama that unfolds in these pages is a tragedy of the greatest kind: men who champion American ideals such as freedom of expression are squashed by men of power.
The villagers of Baia Luna are more worried about where the Virgin Mary lives than with the impending arrival of Communism.
Friday, October 25 2013
What's really behind all the academic-ese in Beyond a Love Supreme is a desire by Whyton and his fellow Coltrane scholars to find fancy ways of embracing the musician’s later and less traditional playing.
Thursday, October 24 2013
Particularly in the later chapters, Lukacs' 75-year century leaves readers vulnerable to conceptual whiplash and the author vulnerable to rhetorical absurdity.
Wednesday, October 23 2013
A man in a Croatian village still shaken by war meets a family who unwittingly "open a trapdoor to the past" in this beautifully paced, quietly suspenseful novel.
Dare Me has been compared to everything from Fight Club to Lord of the Flies and is just as overtly masculine and dark as those two noted novels.
Tuesday, October 22 2013
Although the highest-paid author in America, with a million books sold, Jack London found himself pitching "crackerjack" serials as "a dog writer" to grab "the biggest public I have".
Byzantium gleefully veers through time and space, from the titular 7th century empire to 19th century settings ranging from the fields and alleys of Havana to the docks of Texas to a religious community carved out of the wilds of northern Michigan.
Monday, October 21 2013
In Critical Mass James Wolcott directs us to the intellectuals, entertainers, performers, and/or celebrities who have graced, cursed, or captivated him ever since he quit Frostburg State and hit Woody's Manhattan.
Unlike many books that put words into Shakespeare's mouth, Nick de Somogyi does an excellent job of literary forensics. He expertly reconstructs Shakespeare's insights into stagecraft that lie scattered throughout his works.
Friday, October 18 2013
Stamps serve as a synecdoche for Great Britain's challenges and creations, if affording a small peephole more than a panorama.
Thursday, October 17 2013
In Star Trek: The Art of Juan Ortiz every fan of the classic Trek will find an image that will take them where no one has gone before.