Sunday, January 1 1995
The dialogue is fast-paced, the narrative engages the reader, and Mazza rarely dwells on minute details. She also gives the reader a chance to feel superior to her characters by creating a group that is as emotionally evolved as a concrete chicken.
Bondage is represented in many images, but as an adornment and an enhancement rather than as a means of subjection and degradation. Kenneth Tynan, the English theatre critic, and a lifelong devotee of bondage and sado-masochism, remarked that pain is not, as Freud assumed, the masochist's source of pleasure: it is the unpleasant but necessary side effect of fully embodying a masochistic fantasy.
How can a book about mental hospitals and wacky rock stars/geniuses be anything 'but' interesting?"
The story of computer languages is really the story of rock 'n' roll. It's the story of the exodus out from under the iron fist of early computing Rat Pack.
Next time Robert B. Parker decides to time-travel, especially when mucking about with mythology, he'd be well-advised to bring his 'old' shooting-irons with him.
Jimmy McDonough at one point describes Andy Milligan as 'one of those creatures who ride the midnight train, come from the land of the screaming skulls.' Even though we may not wish to take a journey on that vehicle or experience the territory from where it came, the ride is one I will not soon forget.
By the end of an absorbing piece, Goldman concludes that rock acts 'like a magnet, drawing into its field a host of heterogeneous materials that has fallen quickly into patterns. No other cultural force in modern times has possessed its power of synthesis'.
'Fear and Loathing in America' . . . helps distinguish the difference between a writer and the work, which has always been a source of aggravation for Thompson. . . the general assumption was that because he 'wrote' about being stoned, he always 'was'.
... not only an important work by a Nobel laureate who brought his modern country lasting literary fame, but also the fascinating voice of an earlier, more insular Iceland.
Feng Shui is the so-called ancient Chinese art of arranging one's environment to promote peace and prosperity. Its popularity among the well-to-do in this country speaks volumes about how certain kinds of knowledge, including quasi-knowledge, are appropriated and consumed by different social classes. This is what makes 'Fixer Chao' so timely and worthwhile.
It's almost unbelievable, the scope of these abuses, and the sheer insanity of the accusations being made -- how on earth could a seventy-year-old grandmother, a former school principal and lifetime Communist Party member, be considered a 'dangerous revolutionary?'"
Punctuated by illicit sexual forays, bursts of rage, terse interpretations of 1950s middle-class Caucasian Judeo-Christian priorities, and a few songs of the Old South, 'Fearless Jones' leaves very few stones unturned.
As all-American as anything you can name, fast food has become a serious staple of our daily life and created a cult of franchises that extends into the clothing industry and beyond.
The Iwo Jima Memorial or the Wall at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial hasn't ended human conflict. But we do need those memorials, and we need these stories, if only to look at the names that hover in the shimmering black surface.
During the course of the twentieth century - the first 'measured' entury - Americans became the most ambitious measurers of social life ever. All one has to do is open a newspaper or turn on the radio or television to find out just how our lives are affected, if not dictated, by key trends as a result of statistics.
The 'anything goes' attitude held by the DJs led to a variety of music being heard on stations in the early '70s that is unheard of today; what with 20 song playlists, marketing pushes from huge recording conglomerates on a small cadre of 'artists', and music produced by machines instead of instruments of wood and steel.
This week 'PopMatters' debuts a new feature, an irregular column devoted to issues on the electronic publishing frontier. In the first installment, Paul Sibley reviews Todd Hayes' 'Flash Fortune' and gives us a primer on the pros and cons of the e-book.