Wednesday, August 27 2003
Hollis Hampton-Jones has produced a svelte, trendy book that is reminiscent of the anything-goes tradition of porno-chic.
Alexie's latest collection of stories and the best writing he's done since the critically acclaimed The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven.
One of the strangest and most ambitious books in recent memory.
Wednesday, August 20 2003
What Seth Tobocman's simple Portraits of Israelis & Palestinians sets out to prove is that many such divisions are arbitrary, and that human beings have the choice and the ability to break through the walls.
Morris chastises 'Hollywood apologists' for acting as if they had political standing in the same way they pretend to be the characters they portray onscreen or in song. But with his motives so plainly in view, the opinions espoused by Morris, former Trent Lott and Clinton campaign advisor and now Rupert Murdoch operative, have no more weight than those of whom he so vociferously denounces.
Conceptual fiction is often about itself ultimately, and The End of Free Love is no exception. The publisher makes no secret of this: the book's cover states that Steinberg's writing 'is as much about form as it is content.'"
She's written a chilling tale that -- though it trips over itself a bit -- still manages to be flat-out freaky. And if Freud were alive and had me strapped to his couch, I might even admit it's a bit sexy.
Following the traumatic death of his father, Mancow takes time off from his popular radio program and travels to Europe, where, along with his sidekick the Dwarf, he relieves his confusion and depression through hedonistic exploits that would make Caligula proud.
Cheong brings to us the voice of a social and spiritual conscience, one that could be reckoned with.
Wednesday, August 13 2003
His [Barry MacSweeney] is a poetry of extreme suffering, of Eliot's 'infinitely gentle, infinitely suffering thing'.
The loose focus of Nouvel and Baudrillard's discussion is the 'singular object': an irreducible, irreplaceable, transcendent cultural artifact.
It's a veritable cornucopia of global contemporary culture . . . If you've been in a coma for the last few decades or recently come from another planet, this book should be required reading.
It has all the ingredients of a 'good' book: humor, fallibility, conflict, cynicism, fear, lust, creativity, and obstacles.
Wednesday, August 6 2003
But one of the most intriguing things about Amy Sedaris is her absolute lack of vanity. A gym-toned, beauty pageant blonde, she routinely adds pimples, hairs and warts to her pretty parts, wears fatty suits around town, and gleefully contorts herself in all sorts of grody ways. She's an enigma wrapped in a satire, wrapped in mock-irony, wrapped in a spoof.
The portrait of religion gone awry is a grim and harrowing one, where misogyny, racism, rape, incest, abuse and even murder can be justified, if ordered and sanctified by a personal God.
The Miraculous Fever Tree, Malaria and the Quest for a Cure That Changed the World by Fiammetta Rocc
Rocco writes with a mature beauty and elegance that could be the polestar of any young writer of serious non-fiction.
Economics seem to have given genre writers the idea that if something is worth doing as a short story, you might as well stretch it out, pad it up and stitch it together as a novel. Glance around the bookstore and it seems like mere scraps of imagination that might fuel a short story are routinely transformed into an entire series.
It seems oddly appropriate that Winchester ends his book with a personal journey, for this is a work of deep personal significance to him. It is also a book of tremendous importance to our understanding of the place of humans in the natural landscape.
For in his sociological study of postwar Britain and the ways in which film portrayed the working class, the relationship between cinema as a means of popular entertainment and as a text is played out within the establishment of an historical context.
Wednesday, July 30 2003
LeShan is not a peacenik; he does not claim that war is never justified. He does argue, however, that mythic wars are dangerous. They impair people's ability to think rationally and make informed decisions.