Wednesday, May 29 2002
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.
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 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.
The balanced appreciation of our appetites that has consumed Charles Bowden for over 25 years has become an increasingly demanding enterprise.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Each generation, each separate age of man, writes its own history from that time frame's unique perspective.
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.
'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.
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.
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.