Wednesday, November 6 2002
The great strength of this book is its taut, crystal-clear style.
Wednesday, October 30 2002
It's a lucid look at the fears that plague academics everywhere...Will I lose tenure to an intelligent toaster oven?"
Pogrebin shows a flair for characterization that many seasoned novelists can't match.
Riding the metro is...a journey taken in accompanied solitude, a voyage through space and through a kind of geographically mapped collective unconscious.
. . . offers you escape, and more than that, you'll learn something new, which your Mama always told you to do every day . . .
Wednesday, October 23 2002
Hollywood Babylon breeds with the 'Chicken Soup for the Soul' series in this book.
Our culture's obsession with the world of pimps and prostitutes shows up in odd places.
The Power of a Partner: Creating and Maintaining Healthy Gay and Lesbian Relationships by Richard L.
What makes this book stand out among other self-help guides is its limitless acceptance of all types of readers and all types of practices. . . .
King strips Hollywood bare of its glitz and glamour and unravels the main, and sadly, perhaps, even the only driving force of Hollywood, namely . . . profit margins . . .
America is currently besieged by a national campaign that places the Lynyrd Skynyrd and its music front and center in the pop cultural consciousness. . . .
Every so often, literature's long-forgotten greats make a comeback and entrench themselves within popular culture. This time, it's Dante Alighieri.
Wednesday, October 16 2002
What readers get shouldn't be shocking to anyone who knew Seinfeld the show. Oppenheimer, mostly through oral testimonies of friends, relatives and neighbours, describes a man who is driven, focused, and isolated, who only looks after himself.
Neil Astley has collected together a sequence of poems that represent the range of ways that modern poets have addressed the questions of love, sex and their place in poetry.
The Mormons comprise a significant part of this country's 'religious right,' or 'Moral Majority' as it is sometimes called. For those who don't consider themselves to be part of this group, it is fascinating to see once again how politics makes for some very strange bedfellows. And for those who do identify with the movement, it should be worthwhile to find out exactly who you 'are' in bed with.
Kunzru is trendy and hybrid himself (father Indian-Kashmiri, mother English) considering the firm grip that Indian writers have over the literary market. The Impressionist is really more of a British novel than an Indian one as is apparent in the writing.
OK. Your book is ready and saved. Would you like to create another novel?"
Friday, October 11 2002
Everybody, inked or not, has an opinion of tattooing, whether it's viewed with fear, admiration, loathing, or 21st century cynicism.
Thursday, October 10 2002
Just as we have overworked our ears to the point that we are nearly deaf and subjected our eyes to all sorts of visual clutter, we have overworked our noses to the point that our noses hardly know what to tell us.
Sikov's book may be the most painful celebrity bio I've read since Albert Goldman's 'Elvis' (the similarities between the two men's lives are startling)...