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Wednesday, May 29 2002

The Eye of Cybele by Daniel Chavarria (Translated by Carlos Lopez)

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.


Chicken, Self-Portrait of a Young Man for Rent by David Henry Sterry

Sterry, a chicken no longer, brave enough to tell his tale, hoping it will do others some good.


Conversations with Richard Ford by Huey Guagliardo, Editor

Ford just may be the least catty writer in history. 'Other people's successes do not diminish you, your failures don't help others.'"


American Cultural Studies Edited by Catherine A. Warren and Mary Douglas Vavrus

'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

The World’s Smallest Book Edited by Josua Reichert

With their stunning style and remarkable substance, these books are quickly becoming the maximum indulgence for any connoisseur of printed matter.


Steven Soderbergh Interviews by Anthony Kaufman, editor

His films are smart, stylish, and substantive, and he's made his peace with Hollywood without selling out -- truly a hero for our time.


Ridin’ High, Livin’ Free: Hell-Raising Motorcycle Stories by Ralph “Sonny” Barger, Keith and Kent Zi

It's unclear whether Barger is feeling his age or atoning for his sins, but it appears he has become an apologist, which is the last thing any biker, especially a Hell's Angel, should be.


Montana History Weekends: 52 Adventures in History by Dave Conklin

Montana is big, very little of it is national park, and David Conklin has given us a guide book that opens a new aspect of the Big Sky, its historic places, to visitors and residents alike.


Blood Orchid. An Unnatural History of America by Charles Bowden

The balanced appreciation of our appetites that has consumed Charles Bowden for over 25 years has become an increasingly demanding enterprise.


Bright Earth: Art and the Invention of Color by Philip Ball

It's a thick work full of tangents and an occasional jangle of jargon that pops up like a current of cold water.


Monday, May 13 2002

You Know Better by Tina McElroy Ansa

Though definitely Southern in tone, 'You Know Better' delves into core problems currently plaguing the African-American community across the country. Never mind that Mulberry is a small-town; the issues addressed are rampant from New York to Chicago to Los Angeles.


Spy’s Fate by Arnaldo Correa

Correa's 'Spy's Fate' is a must for any spy novel enthusiast. Beyond this, the book is an important political statement, and being written in a Cuban voice, it is an amazing one.


Movie Love in the Fifties by James Harvey

Harvey wishes to illustrate how by appealing to and then upsetting the kinds of emotional allegiance audiences give to established cinematic conventions, a more complex and compelling kind of affection emerges, one drawn by oddity and extremity and not the tried and true.


Lucky Man: A Memoir by Michael J. Fox

Fox's book is not just another Hollywood cry for attention hidden in the form of an autobiography. Though he may be known primarily for his work as actor, movies and movie making are not why Fox put pen to paper.


Boulevard by Jim Grimsley

The book transcends the basic coming-out narrative by entering into a near fantasy world in which Newell never has to confront society.


Friday, May 3 2002

Who Owns History? Rethinking the Past in a Changing World by Eric Foner

Each generation, each separate age of man, writes its own history from that time frame's unique perspective.


Seek: Reports From The Edges of America & Beyond by Denis Johnson

From modern-day hippies, to war-weary Africans, to a Kabul under Taliban rule, to Christian biker rallies, Denis Johnson offers glimpses of how the other half lives in a collection of essays.


Points of Departure: New Stories from Mexico Edited by Monica Lavin; Gustavo V. Segade, translator

'The Hostage' by Álvaro Uribe, is a nightmare scenario worthy of Poe--and its translation is nimble and facile enough that it doesn't get in the way.


Public Sex: The Culture of Radical Sex, Second Edition by Pat Califia

Those familiar with Califia's work know it can be difficult to decide which is more disruptive to mainstream culture: Califia's writing, or Califia himself.


Hi There, Boys and Girls: America’s Local Children’s TV Programs by Tim Hollis

Children's television has never concealed its true intents; a half-hour long cartoon is as much an advertisement for a set of action figures as it is entertainment.


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