Sunday, January 1 1995
The Chastening: Inside the Crisis that Rocked the Global Financial System and Humbled the IMF by Pau
When you read about how close the US came to tail spinning into financial oblivion, it can send chills along your spine.
...dark, violent, funny, visceral, and incredibly profane -- an icepick in the gut and a sledgehammer to the skull.
Gawande's writing style lends itself well to his compassionate voice. He explains everything clearly, without either confusing medical jargon or condescension to the reader.
In an interview with 'PopMatters', Chuck Palahniuk talks about his new novel 'Choke', Nine Inch Nails, dissecting cadavers, his favorite writers, creating instant ancient relics, and why it's not such a bad thing to be known as 'the 'Fight Club' guy.'"
It is a veritable cornucopia of dysfunction, and because Franzen skewers American culture through the lens of one American family, the book has the potential to alienate large segments of the reading public, particularly, or at least in my experience, an older reading public.
... conspiracy theories are no longer the 'delusional rantings' of the fringe elements in society, but rather constitute 'many people's normal way of thinking about who they are and how the world works.'"
Myles's voice is directed at the reader in a tone that veers between confession and questioning. Her stories are true, or at least they seem true to her.
All of the works in 'Cobwebs and Whispers' reflect a pagan sensibility, the forces of nature and darkness oftentimes at direct odds with Christianity, and always preceding and eventually overcoming it.
His inclination to pursue ideas about bird and dinosaur evolution takes Grady deeply into the literature and the history of ideas. Grady explores why the Victorian mind, believing that God created the physical world whole and complete, was as disturbed about the idea of extinction as the idea of evolution.
Broadway, the Golden Years: Jerome Robbins and the Great Choreographer-Directors 1940 to the Present
The theater writer must, if he or she does nothing else, portray the performance so that it comes vividly alive in the readers minds eye, whether the portrait is flattering or not.
A world where only two people have telephones is pretty useless. A world where a million people are all connected to a central telephone exchange is a gold mine.
Rather than succumb to the crisis of identity suffered by the everyman, the ordinary person, Anne Tyler's novels contain characters who come to grips with the consequences of their choices and learn to appreciate their own reality, who begin to feel good in their own skin.
...the poems themselves read like flash fiction, suspended moments and strident glimpses into the past as well as intrepid contemplation of the future.
'Body Bizarre, Body Beautiful' is an MTV snapshot with bright colors and extended background layouts. It's mostly show and little content, belying the fact that beauty, as well as the reasons people feel for changing their bodies, is anything but skin deep.
The world finds fulfillment in beauty, is content to trace the outside of the package and forfeit all else. But there is a toll: unprofitable love culminates in anguish.
Transported by a magical blend of metaphor, illumination, and synergy, the plot drives forward down highways of illusion, twisting and turning through an elusive landscape of the bizarre.
One suspects that a simple summary of what the book is 'about' will entirely miss the point; DeLillo's interest lies elsewhere, in the silences and gaps between words, in death and absence.
Bluegrass Odyssey: A Documentary in Pictures and Words, 1966-86 by Carl Fleischhauer and Neil V. Ros
'Bluegrass Odyssey' is more a family album of a small group of entertainers and their quest for acceptance in the turbulent days of the Sixties, Seventies, and Eighties than an in-depth exploration of one of America's favorite musical genres.