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Friday, May 3 2002

Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things by William McDonough and Michael Braungart

... sometimes they are just plain wrong. McDonough and Braungart see a world of abundance. A flight over Haiti or Romania would cure that delusion.


Tuesday, February 19 2002

Tuesday, January 8 2002

The Stories of Alice Adams by Alice Adams

Her collection covers love in all its forms.


Pakistan: In the Shadow of Jihad and Afghanistan by Mary Anne Weaver

A brilliant and insightful account of an important nation that is in the midst of a serious identity crisis.


100 Years of Harley Davidson by Willie G. Davidson

No company has done more to perpetuate the Biker myth.


Jocks 2: Coming Out to Play by Dan Woog

Masculinity is more than hair on your back and ball scratching.


The Hours by Michael Cunningham

A meditation on creation, destruction, ordinariness, sanity-insanity and the fine line between the two.


The Feud that Sparked the Renaissance: How Brunelleschi and Ghiberti Changed the Art World by Paul R

He proposes a reasonable and engaging thesis -- that in Florence in 1403, two men, Filippo Brunelleschi and Lorenzo Ghiberti, fired the first shots of an artistic revolution that marked 'the beginning of a modern consciousness.'"


Monday, January 7 2002

Lonzie’s Fried Chicken

The one unarguable hallmark of a Southerner, however, is his or her inborn, innate ability to tell a story. 'Lonzie's Fried Chicken', a small and succulent literary journal out of Lynn, North Carolina, is busy providing space for the storytellers of the New South to spin their tales and work their special magic.


Night Train

A pleasantly un-self-conscious blend of subjects and settings.


Timothy McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern

These texts together form an intricate picture of a state of American literature and give the reader access to new works by promising authors.


Sunday, December 2 2001

Ploughshares: The Literary Journal at Emerson College

While this is a noble endeavor and one that makes for a wonderful eclecticism from one issue to the next, it also means occasionally taking the bad eggs with the good.


North American Review: PopMatters Literary Journal Review

Since its inception, the 'North American Review' has been a journal with a reputation for strong 'literary' writing.


Monday, June 4 2001

Doghouse Roses: Stories by Steve Earle

On first blush, it would seem Steve Earle might need more than a doghouse rose to make up for foisting this book on his fans. By the end, you realize the book 'itself' is a doghouse rose. 'It ain't much,' you can imagine him saying as he hands it over, 'but I did it for you.'"


Sunday, January 1 1995

‘The Camera My Mother Gave Me’

Susanna Kaysen's mission seems to be to put her life on the page. Famous for Girl, Interrupted, her autobiographical material fills volumes.


‘Others Unknown: Timothy McVeigh and the Oklahoma Bombing Conspiracy’

What's to stop the 'others unknown' from targeting the INS office in Los Angeles and then the FBI office in Houston, Texas, according to one proposed plan?"


American Diaspora: Poetry of Displacement by Virgil Suarez and Ryan G. Van Cleave

It's no surprise that an anthology of this kind ['American Diaspora: Poetry of Displacement'] would come along sooner or later, but that shouldn't take away from its merits. This book needed to happen, both for its subject matter and for its delivery (and -ance).


Yentl’s Revenge: The Next Wave of Jewish Feminism edited by Danya Ruttenberg

... is rich with shimmering moments of truth, flashes of brilliant insight, a wealth of fascinating personal experiences, and plenty of food for thought. The reader is drawn out of his or her own 'box' and into an intriguing, unfamiliar, and often exotic world. My honest reaction after finishing the book was to wish I could email all these interesting, lively women so we could keep the discussion going.


Where Dead Voices Gather by Nick Tosches

Nick Tosches's elegantly written and emotionally satisfying case for [elusive singer Emmett Miller] makes one think of American music in an altogether different manner. Tosches convinces us that hearing Miller and the expansiveness of his yodel redraws the landscape of our cultural environment.


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