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Sunday, January 1 1995

The Noctambulists & Other Fictions by Peter Spielberg

These tales flirt with notions of archetype: they make use of our desire to read meta-characters as stand-ins for veracity and personal experience.


Neo-Pagan Sacred Art and Altars by Sabina Magliocco

Neo-paganism has become a cute type of nonconformity and not just in California either.


New York is Now! The New Wave of Free Jazz by Phil Freeman

[This book] the result is a handy primer for newcomers to the music and those taking the first tentative steps into free jazz, and a manifesto of sorts that will likely become the fulcrum of debate for years to come.


News Dissector: Passions, Pieces and Polemics 1960-2000 by Danny Schechter

Superficial sound bite journalism doesn't really inform us.


Not a Chance by Jessica Treat

PULL.


New Stories from the South: 2001, the Year’s Best, Edited by Shannon Ravenel

. . . the House of Southern Fiction is in the process of remodeling.


Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem

While some of us claim to have a mind-body problem, Lionel Essrog, the anti-hero of [Jonathan Lethem's] 'Motherless Brooklyn' and a sufferer of Tourette's syndrome, has a more fundamental quandary: a mind-mind problem.


The Mouse That Roared: Disney and the End of Innocence by Henry A. Giroux

Disney seems pretty vigilant about separating the animated Disney features from the more adult Touchstone features (although I wonder how well a 'Pretty Woman'-themed ride would be received).


Miss Wyoming by Douglas Coupland - PopMatters - Books - Reviews

You might not have read any of Douglas Coupland’s books, but there’s no doubt you’ve heard the phrase he coined in 1992: Generation


Mainly About Lindsay Anderson by Gavin Lambert

While 'If' concludes with change wrought through the barrel of a gun, what lingers about the film is the breadth of Anderson's imagination and the passion with which he at the same time savages and memorializes the environment of his youth.


The Man Who Grew Young by Daniel Quinn

If the universe expands and contracts like a yo-yo, what effect does that have on time and its relationship to humanity? We would all wind up living our lives in reverse.


The Modern Fantastic: The Films of David Cronenberg by Michael Grant

The utility of the majority of the essays is limited, hardly explaining the film (or films) that the authors attempt to unravel, and doing little to explain science fiction/horror films or Cronenberg's oeuvre.


Mind the Doors by Zinovy Zinik

[Zinovy Zinik's stories] seem to fall on the line where surrealism and magical realism collide, where the waking world is still the dream.


A Massive Swelling. Celebrity Re-Examined As A Grotesque Crippling Disease by Cintra Wilson

If she [Wilson] acknowledged more often how the obsession with celebrity results from such systematic social inequities, 'A Massive Swelling' would be something other than an occasionally amusing but ultimately unsatisfying exercise in attitude.


Material Matters:  Appliqués by the Weya Women of Zimbabwe and Needlework by South African Coll

The stories told in the appliqués are about AIDS, unemployment, crime, wife-beating, and baby-dumping. They're strong, gutsy and don't pull punches. These are appliqués with balls.


The Museum of Unconditional Surrender - PopMatters - Books - Reviews

dana”>“Progressive ideas that are . . . appropriate at one historical moment, can, in time, fade and decay or become defensive in the face of further progress.


Men at Play: A Working Understanding of Professional Hockey by Michael Robidoux

The story [Michael Robidoux] presents is shocking, describing the daily life of the average hockey player in a world that relies upon the strict socialization of young Canadian boys, often 13 and 14 years old, into a system run by multibillion-dollar corporations that depend upon young men to skate around on fake ice and physically beat the crap out of each other.


Labyrinth of Desire:  Women, Passion and Romantic Obsession by Rosemary Sullivan

Like desire itself, her prose and her message are not always comfortable. They aren't easy to hear, and although she reserves her text for discussion by and for women, it has many implications for everyone who has ever obsessed or desired another.


The Language of Comics: Word and Image Edited by Robin Varnum and Christina T. Gibbons

If comics are words and images together, then logically (Logic? Comics? Together? Dogs driving trucks? Madness!) the words can follow the images (or verse visa) sequentially or 'in the readers head' to make a sequence of 'images.'"


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