Wednesday, April 30 2003
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?"
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.