Wednesday, May 22 2002
The balanced appreciation of our appetites that has consumed Charles Bowden for over 25 years has become an increasingly demanding enterprise.
It's a thick work full of tangents and an occasional jangle of jargon that pops up like a current of cold water.
Monday, May 13 2002
Though definitely Southern in tone, 'You Know Better' delves into core problems currently plaguing the African-American community across the country. Never mind that Mulberry is a small-town; the issues addressed are rampant from New York to Chicago to Los Angeles.
Correa's 'Spy's Fate' is a must for any spy novel enthusiast. Beyond this, the book is an important political statement, and being written in a Cuban voice, it is an amazing one.
Harvey wishes to illustrate how by appealing to and then upsetting the kinds of emotional allegiance audiences give to established cinematic conventions, a more complex and compelling kind of affection emerges, one drawn by oddity and extremity and not the tried and true.
Fox's book is not just another Hollywood cry for attention hidden in the form of an autobiography. Though he may be known primarily for his work as actor, movies and movie making are not why Fox put pen to paper.
The book transcends the basic coming-out narrative by entering into a near fantasy world in which Newell never has to confront society.
Friday, May 3 2002
Each generation, each separate age of man, writes its own history from that time frame's unique perspective.
From modern-day hippies, to war-weary Africans, to a Kabul under Taliban rule, to Christian biker rallies, Denis Johnson offers glimpses of how the other half lives in a collection of essays.
'The Hostage' by Álvaro Uribe, is a nightmare scenario worthy of Poe--and its translation is nimble and facile enough that it doesn't get in the way.
Those familiar with Califia's work know it can be difficult to decide which is more disruptive to mainstream culture: Califia's writing, or Califia himself.
Children's television has never concealed its true intents; a half-hour long cartoon is as much an advertisement for a set of action figures as it is entertainment.
... sometimes they are just plain wrong. McDonough and Braungart see a world of abundance. A flight over Haiti or Romania would cure that delusion.
Tuesday, February 19 2002
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Tuesday, January 8 2002
Her collection covers love in all its forms.
A brilliant and insightful account of an important nation that is in the midst of a serious identity crisis.
No company has done more to perpetuate the Biker myth.
Masculinity is more than hair on your back and ball scratching.
A meditation on creation, destruction, ordinariness, sanity-insanity and the fine line between the two.
The Feud that Sparked the Renaissance: How Brunelleschi and Ghiberti Changed the Art World by Paul R
He proposes a reasonable and engaging thesis -- that in Florence in 1403, two men, Filippo Brunelleschi and Lorenzo Ghiberti, fired the first shots of an artistic revolution that marked 'the beginning of a modern consciousness.'"