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Wednesday, December 11 2002

A Love Supreme: The Story of John Coltrane’s Signature Album by Ashley Kahn

A Love Supreme was recorded the same way it was composed, and was composed the same way it was conceived: quickly, in the moment's inspiration.


Lighter than Air—Moral Poems by Hans Magnus Enzensberger, translated by David Constantine

Things that seem 'lighter than air' can carry secretly within them vast potential weights of human suffering and catastrophe.


Garbo by Barry Paris

... it's terribly difficult to fully realize and comprehend the awe that was Garbo.


Flame Tree - Selected Poems by Kevin Hart

Hart is a poet of consistent themes, whose work becomes (in this arrangement) structured around a systematic and co-ordinated series of repetitions.


The Crush by Sandra Brown

With more than sixty books to her credit, the eagerly anticipated thriller, The Crush is a welcome addition to the Brown canon of classics.


Wednesday, December 4 2002

One Man’s Bible by Gao Xingjian

Gao himself is a firm believer that word embellishments will not substitute for the truth.


Manhattan Monologues: Stories by Louis Auchincloss

There's depth and a taste that can only be attributed to a well-cultured insight refined within the headiest caskets.


The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

It was a whole lot better when it was called Ghost.


The Introvert Advantage: How to Thrive in an Extrovert World by Marti Olsen Laney, Psy.D.

...what's an introvert to do in such a hostile environment?"


The Future Homemakers of America by Laurie Graham

This is an old and well-worn path.


Wednesday, November 6 2002

She Bop II: The Definitive History of Women in Rock, Pop and Soul by Lucy O’Brien

A well-written and researched account of the actual going-ons.


Rinzen Presents RMX EXTENDED PLAY Concept + Project Coordination by Rinzen Edited by Rilla Alexande

Based on themes ranging from the relevant to the ridiculous.


He Kills Coppers by Jake Arnott

Evidence of America's persistent Anglophilia abounds.


First French Kiss (and other traumas) by Adam Bagdasarian

Cartoonish, exaggerated slices of life.


e2ink-1:  The Best of the Online Journals 2002 by Guest Editor: Pam Houston, Series Editor: Melvin S

Are electronic magazines the salvation of the literary arts.


Aftershocks - The End of Style Culture by Steve Beard

The great strength of this book is its taut, crystal-clear style.


Wednesday, October 30 2002

The Uncanny: Experiments in Cyborg Culture by Bruce Grenville, Editor

It's a lucid look at the fears that plague academics everywhere...Will I lose tenure to an intelligent toaster oven?"


Three Daughters by Letty Cottin Pogrebin

Pogrebin shows a flair for characterization that many seasoned novelists can't match.


In the Metro by Marc Augé

Riding the metro is...a journey taken in accompanied solitude, a voyage through space and through a kind of geographically mapped collective unconscious.


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