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.
Like a surgeon, [the author] cuts to the bone of what makes love between two people such an elusive, baffling, frustrating, contradictory, confounding sort of thing.
The plot is pure pop culture -- coming of age, learning about sex, going through puberty, and defining family in whatever functional/dysfunctional terms fit.
The reader is softly insinuated into a world where everything slips out of kilter.
The characters are believable, the fictional premise intriguing, and it has two major components to insure sales -- the Knights Templar and the search for the Holy Grail.
It captures [an] era when bad guys wore black and good women fell for them.
Wednesday, March 19 2003
Elizabeth Young is ultimately a book lover's reviewer rather than a conventional industry hack.
Frogs are supposed to be a 'sentinel species' . . . If frogs are doing badly, we have reason to be anxious.
Both in throwing his bricks and presenting his bouquets, [the author] seems curiously off the mark.
The book is nothing more than one fan's viewpoint on the tortured existence of Staley.
Disasters rarely happen by accident. Instead, they occur when one link in a long chain of events fails.
What we have here is yet another memoir -- excuse me, lament -- on disordered eating suitable for a made-for-TV movie.
Offers an important meditation on the enduring meanings of age, maturity and experience in a world increasingly devoted to the brevity of youth.
Wednesday, March 12 2003
What About The Kids? Raising Your Children Before, During, and After Divorce by Judith S. Wallerstei
Dr. Spock and others publish child care books. Well, this is a divorce care book.
Terrorists are using our own systems against us, and inherent in our systems is paranoia.
I was pleasantly surprised to discover [the book] is really about that nearly missing ingredient in today's world -- responsibility -- and its re-release is timely and significant.
There is a certain mystery around femininity that involves china teacups, cigarettes, old-fashioned perfume and a glamorous Sunset Boulevard sort of decay.
[This book] is essential for anyone interested in Hollywood -- particularly its heretofore unwritten past -- and for gays and lesbians looking to recover some of their history.
Wednesday, March 5 2003
[Mahmoud Darwish] is a force, undoubtedly the most popular and powerful poet of the Middle East.