Books

‘Too Much Too Young, the 2 Tone Records Story: The Beat. UB40. Tears of a Clown’ (excerpt)

‘Too Much Too Young, the 2 Tone Records Story: The Beat. UB40. Tears of a Clown’ (excerpt)

This excerpt from Daniel Rachel’s history of 2 Tone Records shows the formation of the Beat and the best version of the band-defining “Tears of a Clown” ever.

‘1967’ and Robyn Hitchcock’s Quest to Stay High for Eternity

‘1967’ and Robyn Hitchcock’s Quest to Stay High for Eternity

Robyn Hitchcock’s memoir 1967 taps into the music high that untethered the restraints of boarding school and shaped his life and music for eternity.

Feminine Discontents in ‘Back from the Dead’ and ‘The Other One’

Feminine Discontents in ‘Back from the Dead’ and ‘The Other One’

Catherine Turney, a top-drawer writer of classic films about strong women, adapts her supernatural novel The Other One for Back from the Dead.

Tommy Orange Testifies to the Power of Cultural Reclamation

Tommy Orange Testifies to the Power of Cultural Reclamation

In Wandering Stars masterful storyteller Tommy Orange shifts our lens from historically imposed assimilation to contemporary cultural reclamation.

This Lesbian Fashion History Is a Perfectly Tailored Fit

This Lesbian Fashion History Is a Perfectly Tailored Fit

With Unsuitable, lesbian fashion historian Eleanor Medhurst stitches fashion, gender, and sexuality into a perfectly tailored, comprehensive and inclusive book.

Patric Gagne Calls for Empathy in ‘Sociopath: A Memoir’

Patric Gagne Calls for Empathy in ‘Sociopath: A Memoir’

Sociopath author Patric Gagne asks readers to reconsider their perceptions of sociopathy, arguing that people who struggle to feel empathy still deserve to receive it.

No Such Thing as Failure: Nintendo’s Failed Virtual Boy

No Such Thing as Failure: Nintendo’s Failed Virtual Boy

Nintendo’s failed Virtual Boy followed the tradition of wondrous human inventions made to trick the eyes, like a diorama. “Retro collecting” gamers love it.

The Beatles Shake Britain: The Beginning of Beatlemania

The Beatles Shake Britain: The Beginning of Beatlemania

Shake It Up, Baby! breaks down the Beatles’ concerts, business deals, sleepless nights, and bloody fights month by month during the transitional year of 1963.

Zionism, Belonging, and George Eliot’s ‘Daniel Deronda’

Zionism, Belonging, and George Eliot’s ‘Daniel Deronda’

George Eliot was not Jewish, but her 1876 novel Daniel Deronda took on the “Jewish question” and brought forth the concept of Zionism with knowledge and grace.

Nordic Noir in Transition: Jussi Adler-Olsen’s ‘Department Q’ Books on Film

Nordic Noir in Transition: Jussi Adler-Olsen’s ‘Department Q’ Books on Film

Jussi Adler-Olsen, author of the Nordic noir Department Q series, isn’t thrilled with the transition of his work to film. Five directors of six films argue that’s a crime.

Steve Reich’s Music Echoes in Jordan Mechner’s Graphic Memoir ‘Replay’

Steve Reich’s Music Echoes in Jordan Mechner’s Graphic Memoir ‘Replay’

Like Steve Reich’s Different Trains, Jordan Mechner’s graphic memoir Replay is a work of introspection that looks to history and tragic synchronicity.

‘Trash Talk’ Doesn’t Get Down and Dirty Enough

‘Trash Talk’ Doesn’t Get Down and Dirty Enough

Trash Talk is a fun read, but it doesn’t get down and dirty enough to take down racism, sexism, and homophobia in sports’ verbal one-upmanship.