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Wednesday, February 12 2003

Ignorance by Milan Kundera

The story is interesting in the cultural context the author provides but, ultimately, it fails to satisfy on a deeper level.


I Want That!: How We All Became Shoppers by Thomas Hine

As I sit here in a fabulous new pair of striped, sparkly, 1972 polyester pants and a furry-collared shirt with dachshunds racing across the sleeves, I wonder what my shopping habits say about me in the context of these words from cultural critic Thomas Hine's newest book.


Genuine Authentic: The Real Life of Ralph Lauren by Michael Gross

It doesn't really matter whether you believe he's a fashion genius or the world's luckiest tie salesman, because anyone who has read the book on Ralph Lauren knows that he's both, in addition to something else: an ice-cold businessman with a heart of steel.


The Bitch in the House: 26 Women Tell the Truth about Sex, Solitude, Work, Motherhood, and Marriage

The bottom line is: at this moment in history, a somber one, to say the least, when there are so many serious global and national issues and egregious injustices to be addressed, does the American woman really want to be bitching (yes, bitching) about who does the dishes.


Wednesday, January 22 2003

Valentine by Lucius Shepard

Shepard doesn't embarrass himself with the steamy stuff here.


The Skeptic: A Life of H.L. Mencken by Terry Teachout

Mencken the newspaper columnist was stirring the pot of American culture.


The Life and Death of the Planet Earth: How the New Science of Astrobiology Charts the Ultimate Fate

Life is so unusual in this wilderness we call the universe that we might as well think of it as unique.


Heavier Than Heaven: A Biography of Kurt Cobain by Charles B. Cross

He desired nothing more than to be a rock star.


Hex by Carol Rumens

Prayer is both necessary as a palliative, and impossible as a luxury, an indulgence implicitly no longer available to us.


The Founding Fish by John McPhee

So, how did a worrisome lot of silver-white fish save a nation?"


Country of Cold: Stories of Sex and Death by Kevin Patterson

Those in urban centers often presume their superiority, their greater stake in humanity and value.


Wednesday, January 15 2003

When the Women Come Out to Dance by Elmore Leonard

Elmore Leonard manages to entertain us and make us think.


The Undercut Reader: Critical Writings on Artists’ Film and Video by Edited by Nina Damino and Micha

the world unfolding inside it is always interesting and sometimes fascinating.


Sandy Koufax:  A Lefty’s Legacy by Jane Leavy

The glory and thrill of this pivotal game against the backdrop of a troubled country.


Prince of Lost Places by Kathy Hepinstall

Hepinstall's writing comes inflated by high praise.


Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper—Case Closed by Patricia Cornwell

Patricia Cornwell has gone ... silently and irretrievably mad"


Advertising Annual 2002 and New Talent Design Annual 2002 by B. Martin Pedersen, Editor

From an intellectual property standpoint, creativity is seen more and more as a force of constant innovation.


G-Strings and Sympathy: Strip Club Regulars and Male Desire by Katherine Frank

Precious little has been said about the individuals who drive this industry: the customers.


The Eagle’s Shadow: Why America Fascinates and Infuriates the World by Mark Hertsgaard

He's missing a hell of a lot because the water is rushing around him faster than he can drink.


Monday, December 23 2002

You Shall Know Our Velocity by Dave Eggers

I have mixed feelings about Dave Eggers. I stay up at night thinking about it.


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