Tuesday, April 15 2003
Halfway between a novel based on a TV show and a cut-and-paste 'Official Guide.'"
[It] bespeaks a surreal, slightly menacing world of private paranoia into which intrudes relentless, threatening forces of randomness, contingency, accident.
[He] spills the deep dark innards of the rehab process in an engaging, unwavering manner.
[Bigelow] is a film maker able to transcend the commercial constraints of Hollywood to author her own films in innovative and transgressive ways.
Tuesday, April 8 2003
It's a jack-in-the-box -- remember to back out of the way when you turn the literary handle.
Maybe the author is still too shell-shocked by 9/11 to write his 'real' 9/11 novel.
Skipping Towards Gomorrah: The Seven Deadly Sins and the Pursuit of Happiness in America by Dan Sava
Sinners, unlike the virtuous, do not attempt to impose their definition of happiness on others.
The story reveals an extraordinary and untapped subculture of modern day coal miners and their families.
The benchmark of a 20th century lesbian feminist scholar who acknowledges the healing nature of narrative.
A wry and whimsical comedy of errors in which human foibles and the providential hand of fate mysteriously combine to create happy accidents.
She is of the opinion . . . that some young offenders cannot be saved, no matter how severe the punishment or how tight the hug.
Wednesday, April 2 2003
Despite the variety of emotional ailments they address, it is done so with a general monotony of procedure and voice.
Just because your boss grunted at you does not mean he hates you and is about to fire you . . . he may just be having a bad day.
Like a surgeon, [the author] cuts to the bone of what makes love between two people such an elusive, baffling, frustrating, contradictory, confounding sort of thing.
The plot is pure pop culture -- coming of age, learning about sex, going through puberty, and defining family in whatever functional/dysfunctional terms fit.
The reader is softly insinuated into a world where everything slips out of kilter.
The characters are believable, the fictional premise intriguing, and it has two major components to insure sales -- the Knights Templar and the search for the Holy Grail.
It captures [an] era when bad guys wore black and good women fell for them.
Wednesday, March 19 2003
Elizabeth Young is ultimately a book lover's reviewer rather than a conventional industry hack.
Frogs are supposed to be a 'sentinel species' . . . If frogs are doing badly, we have reason to be anxious.