Thursday, April 16 2015
Too many reviews of this book universalise Idha’s experience and praise it for providing a window into the Indian woman’s experience. Which women would that be?
Times Beach is less a collection of poetry as it is an anthology of performance art presented under the guise of poetry.
Wednesday, April 15 2015
Tenor Ian Bostridge has sung Winterreise hundreds of times and here gives it the equivalent of 33 1/3 entry -- only denser in substance, more elaborately written, and with some fascinating tangentials.
The Blind Writer is less about South Asians and the Indian-American experience as it is about Indian-American men and their (in)abilities to navigate life.
Tuesday, April 14 2015
A rigorous, middle ground between lurid populist histories and dry academia, Anna Whitelock provides an excellent biography as a well trained historian.
Jill Alexander Essbaum’s first novel bleakly evokes the life of a woman adrift. However well built, it is story constructed over a sinkhole.
Monday, April 13 2015
Sarah Helm’s Ravensbrück is a searingly comprehensive look at the sole concentration camp built to house women. It is the nonfiction of nightmares.
Thursday, April 9 2015
Some books you just don’t want to end. Manaster’s debut is one of those books.
Wednesday, April 8 2015
Petterson's closely-knit stories sadly and beautifully reveal the passage from boyish innocence to "manhood", and show us what it means to be a man.
B.J. Novak forsakes an impeccable sense of timing and an acerbic wit to patronize with this collection of cast-off skit ideas and sappy short-stories.
Tuesday, April 7 2015
The comic series Wayward depicts the struggles of a group of supernatural teens growing up and fighting evil on the streets of modern Tokyo.
Monday, April 6 2015
Signs Preceding the End of the World is a moving novel about borders, identity and the world to come.
Has the US abandoned its middle-class creatives? Scott Timberg explains in Culture Crash.
Thursday, April 2 2015
Homegrown captures the weirdness of Austin, as depicted in music poster art from the hippie days to the punk days.
As existentially bleak as it is, I Refuse is not devoid of hope. A refusal is a negation, to be sure, but a lost swimmer may refuse to drown.
Wednesday, April 1 2015
The essays in Discontent and its Civilizations treat their subjects with skill and beauty; sharing an idea or insight and then leaving it to the reader to nurture the thought further.
Kent Russell explores multiple, often bizarre manifestations of American masculinity in addition to his own.
Tuesday, March 31 2015
Internet shamings are simple: people say dumb things, are then pilloried for it and in the ensuing frenzy lose their jobs and reputations.
This little-known collaboration between, Mamoru Oshii and Satoshi Kon, two giants of anime was never completed. But it’s very much worth reading anyway.
Monday, March 30 2015
A victory of endurance, Blood Brothers should also be recognised as a testament to the resilient spirit of art and culture.