Monday, January 6 2014
Report from the Interior works as a companion volume to the 2012 autobiography Winter Journal, and both books make for quality reading back-to-back about Paul Auster’s life and insights.
Friday, January 3 2014
If you care about the idea of “new”, or how "new" has influenced literature and art, then you must read Novelty.
Thursday, January 2 2014
The Punishment Imperative doesn't obscure the authors' sympathy for those who have suffered during America's war on crime and drugs.
Tuesday, December 31 2013
Mother. Wife. Sister. Human. Warrior. Falcon. Yardstick. Turban. Cabbage. is the laugh riot one would hope for, coming from Twitter comedian extraordinaire, Rob Delaney.
Monday, December 30 2013
Raw digs into a world of fake tans, fake breasts and faker personalities 'til you finally realize that this is in fact satire of the highest order.
Friday, December 27 2013
Those willing to give themselves to The Signature of All Things without preconceptions will leave it feeling as if they, too, have discovered one of life’s biggest treasures.
Thursday, December 26 2013
Hilton Als’ gift is his reinvention of famous figures, but from the angle of how well they succeeded or failed to confront white supremacy and privilege, or in their (in)abilities to give blacks a voice.
Tuesday, December 24 2013
Can a bunch of Googlers solve a mystery that book lovers have been trying to solve for over 500 years?
Monday, December 23 2013
From the peanut butter and tomato sandwich to the reinvention of breakfast, Abigail Carroll explains the "state of the American meal" in Three Squares.
Friday, December 20 2013
Orson Welles In Italy is a key corrective resource for an under-examined portion of Welles' career. If America was resentful of his talent, Italy was downright mean.
Thursday, December 19 2013
The Wizard of Oz: The Official 75th Anniversary Companion covers every possible aspect that might enrich Oz lore.
Wednesday, December 18 2013
That such bullshit could ever be taken seriously by large numbers of German intellectuals shows that, even in highly educated circles, social and political forces easily trump reason.
Tuesday, December 17 2013
The facts at least those they’ve chosen to reveal in Eminent Hipsters, are often wrapped in sarcasm, smartass-ery, and good ol’ fashioned throwing the dogs off the scent.
Monday, December 16 2013
Teachout explains Duke Ellington's self-taught method of composing; as much a study in human temperament as it was a discerning assembly of instrumentation.
Thursday, December 12 2013
Cover to cover, Fan Phenomena: Buffy the Vampire Slayer is a solid collection, well rounded, well researched, and written in an accessible tone.
Wednesday, December 11 2013
It takes a complex writer to capture the complexity of Roger Waters, and to shine light on what we admire and dislike about this musical genius.
In the contest of character, Camus bests Sartre time and time again.
Tuesday, December 10 2013
Anything That Moves pushes past Bourdanian blood and guts to challenge commonly held ideas of edibility: bugs, ant larvae, “hornless goat” (dog), and tailless whip scorpion.
More than a canonical list, Rosebud Sleds and Horses' Heads is the author's trip with the movie objects that shaped him.
Monday, December 9 2013
Near the conclusion of The Pleasure's All Mine: A History of Perverse Sex, this cultural historian of sexuality wonders if any taboos are left.