Wednesday, June 12 2002
Our present crop of undergraduate students seem convinced that nature is nothing more than that unpleasant experience between the air-conditioned dorm and the air-conditioned car.
The man who built a career and a legend on the gleeful gross-out, the subversion of suburbia, and the celebration of the unthinkably perverse turned out to be, above all, a classy guy.
During the voyage to adulthood, Chastity struggles to find success outside the shadow of her powerful parents.
As the Lumieres and Melies were developing the cinematic art, a woman by the name of Alice Guy Blaché arrived on the scene and established herself as the first woman filmmaker.
Wednesday, June 5 2002
There is a sense of profound loss in the comments made by the club patrons, of affection for one temporary space now discarded for another.
It's a beautifully produced advertisement for the product it is marketing -- the company that produced it.
Clare Pollard's poems compulsively re-enact the reaching out to life and the withdrawing in pain.
Wednesday, May 29 2002
Quality fiction filtered through the keenly discerning eyes of diverse writers.
Maggie Gee's eighth novel continues her fictional analysis of the social problems of contemporary England, and does so with the deftness and sureness of touch that readers already familiar with her work have come to expect.
A good effort for a first novel, and one that shows promise for Manning's future endeavors.
Empowerment is quite the prevalent theme in this book.
Mr. Bradbury can conjure up, in just a few deceptively throwaway sentences, more meaning and insight than most other authors could provide in many, many pages.
Akashic gives us 'The Eye of Cybele', a novel set as far away in space and time from his last as it is possible to be.
Sterry, a chicken no longer, brave enough to tell his tale, hoping it will do others some good.
Ford just may be the least catty writer in history. 'Other people's successes do not diminish you, your failures don't help others.'"
'Are we, as intellectuals, really all that qualified to lead society?' she remarks, then later states succinctly, 'The public is us.'"
Wednesday, May 22 2002
With their stunning style and remarkable substance, these books are quickly becoming the maximum indulgence for any connoisseur of printed matter.
His films are smart, stylish, and substantive, and he's made his peace with Hollywood without selling out -- truly a hero for our time.