Tuesday, July 20 2004
Hall considers the effect of a post-terrorism existence on the young and in love who have little to do with politics and guns and war.
One senses the book becoming more of a lame apologia for the moderate use of technology, rather than emphasizing the merits of 'flipping the switch' on all things electric.
The newspaper comics page, burdened with an imagined audience of children, strives mostly for the inoffensive and the palatable and rarely prints anything more upsetting to the system than corn flakes.
Tuesday, July 13 2004
There is a deep understanding of what makes a true artist tick, and the symbiotic relationship between an actress and her audience.
While, for the duration of the book, we do get a fascinating, often objective account of their historic friendship, what we often find, in the subtext of the prose, is a leftist apologist hard at work.
The point of this story is less the plausibility of a city's secession than the implication of downtrodden people wielding the tools of transnational capitalism.
Whenever she goes out partying with friends she plays the part of Jordan; she meets men as Jordan, and, in a form of identity striptease, gradually reveals the Katie Price.
Notwithstanding the $5,000, I'm afraid that Klaus 9 might get ticked off if I reveal too much.
Wednesday, July 7 2004
Grand statements, Doctorow seems to suggest, can be covered up and conspired away, but smaller, more personal defiances can carry much more weight.
Lou's fondness for smokes and booze is just one indication Hyland gives that her protagonist is struggling with Repressed Teen Syndrome.
Gwyn sees language as 'a window into an imaginative space,' but he also believes that it is a 'virus . . . that enters us and reconfigures us in some fundamental way.'
There's a reason a critter should be born knowing everything and having to learn nothing. Brains are expensive organs to maintain.
Tuesday, June 29 2004
The co-option of the movement into modern mass culture is overwhelming, a testament to its genuinely threatening force.
So You Wanna Be a Rock & Roll Star: How I Machine-Gunned a Roomful of Record Executives and Other Tr
Slichter seems to have cleverly rewritten his material in the apparent hope that it can be used as a textbook by burgeoning young stars to slip past the Simon Cowells of the music world.
O'Rourke does more than simply visit these places, he goes out of his way to finding understanding in them, to find common ground. It's a commitment few understand and are willing to indulge in.
Bezmozgis is undeniably a promising young writer, but now, only 147 pages into his career, he could not be called the new Roth, the new Malamud, or even the new Jhumpa Lahiri.
Tuesday, June 22 2004
So Long Been Dreaming: Postcolonial Science Fiction and Fantasy by Nalo Hopkinson and Uppinder Mehan
We cannot reverse the effects of colonization: exploration alters not only the colonized, 'discovered' people but the explorer.
The Hollywood Dodo itself is a film script, a mechanical reproduction of the extinct bird, a few corpses, fragments of a novel -- in fact a multitude of interlinked things.
Even if Mia acts and dresses like she is working class, she will never be working class. In the end, Mia hasn't changed; her evolution is superficial.
If the bad guys won, then maybe the good guys lost, and that's certainly true in Bill Buckner's case.