Friday, September 26 2014
The father/son team of Jonathan and Jesse Kellerman debuts with an impressive novel that supplants expectations and enhances the legacy of both authors.
Thursday, September 25 2014
The challenges of adulthood can alter the friendships we forge in childhood.
Like many of J.M. Coetzee’s books, this one feels written for and about the author himself, ruthlessly interrogating his own beliefs and purpose.
Wednesday, September 24 2014
Sarah Maitland writes How to Be Alone as much for us not-so-troubled loners as she does for the chronically extroverted.
Stiched Up is an accessible, lucid book that analyses the exploitation inherent in capitalism through the often violent operations of the fashion industry.
Tuesday, September 23 2014
The most tumultuous and varied era of comics is chronicled with balance and aplomb in American Comic Book Chronicles: 1965-69.
Monday, September 22 2014
I loved AC/DC as much as the next lunkheaded longhaired headbanger. But I don't know them any better than Jesse Fink does.
The translation of literature is equal parts art, psychology, technical skill and spirituality – and it brings humanity closer together.
Friday, September 19 2014
“How literally can you take the metaphor between land and the body?” Nicole Walker asks. The answer isn't as simple as it might seem.
This is an exceptional read on how records get made. We learn how producers coaxed great performances, made power deals, and generally had a good time.
Thursday, September 18 2014
If one is looking for something more 21st century than beat poetry and new journalism to challenge your mind and thrill your heart, this is it, whatever this is.
Wednesday, September 17 2014
Like the cobwebs and spider webs that colonize a neglected basement, Haruki Murakami’s filamentous plot threads trail uncannily across our psyches.
In Stuff Matters, Mark Miodownik, a quirky science writer, shares his love and knowledge of the materials that shape our world.
'Walt Before Skeezix' offers an in-depth look at the early days of 'Gasoline Alley' in a beautifully-presented volume.
Tuesday, September 16 2014
The Bone Clocks merges set-scenes of imaginative showdowns with intellectual reflection, which will reward the keen and alert reader.
Blue Eyed Pop includes a trove of candid band shots, live performance photos and more that would otherwise go unseen by anyone outside of Iceland.
Labored and unfocused, the study that Luis Sanchez attempts with SMiLE is a poor fit for the 33 1/3 format.
Monday, September 15 2014
I found A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing to be the literary equivalent of a shot of blackest espresso: sharp, jolting, and acidic.
William Alexander's cardiologist asks about any new stress in his life. "Well, I am studying French," he answers.
Friday, September 12 2014
"When we discuss the feeling of reading we are really talking about the memory of having read," says Peter Mendelsund, "and this memory of reading is a false memory."