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Jon Zazula's 'Heavy Tales' Is a Strong, if Blemished, Autobiography

Founder of both Rock 'N' Roll Heaven and Megaforce Records, Jon Zazula spares nothing in chronicling the highs and lows of his journey in Heavy Tales.

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From Paris, with Poetry: On Henri Cole's 'Orphic Paris'

Henri Cole's Orphic Paris mines the city of light to illuminate the ends of his art.

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Elsa Lanchester Was Born to Defy Heteronormativity

The reissue of autobiography Elsa Lanchester, Herself, brings forth an engaging woman who helped to queer Hollywood well beyond her role in The Bride of Frankenstein.

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David Lynch and Kristine McKenna's 'Room to Dream' Never Awakens

The legendary director behind Twin Peaks, Eraserhead, and Mulholland Drive joins co-author Kristine McKenna for a unique blend of autobiography and biography that does little to solve the mysteries of his life and work.

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Man Out of Time: Chateaubriand's 'Memoirs from Beyond the Grave'

This 19th century autobiography showcases the Romantic style for which Chateaubriand became known: vivid descriptions of nature and rustic life mixed with literary allusions and high rhetoric, all in the service of communicating intense, individual feeling.

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On Life in Graphic Detail

Autobiographical Comics, the second volume in the Bloomsbury Comics Studies series successfully bridges the gap between academic studies and popular books that delight comics fans.

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Literary reactions to cultural implosion

After Ireland considers the changing culture, the changing identity, and a fast-changing Ireland in the varied voices and languages of its literature.

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'Born to Run': The Unfathomable Confessions of Bruce Springsteen

Springsteen's autobiography, Born to Run, is on a mission to deliver us into the paradox of holy terror.

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A 50th Anniversary Reflection on the Greatness of Lenny Bruce

Chief among Bruce’s peeves is hypocrisy of any stripe, and chief among his virtues is his constant willingness to cop to his own sordid contradictions.

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Moving Pixels Podcast: Learning about Love from 'Cibele'

This week we take a look to see if Nina Freeman's Cibele can teach us something about romance in digital spaces.

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'Into the War' Is Introspective, Poignant, and Moralistic in All the Right Ways

Italo Calvino offers a rarely personal, and deeply insightful, glimpse of the adolescent experience of war with his autobiography, Into the War.

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It's Refreshing to Read an Essay That's Not Trying to Tap Dance Its Way Into Your Heart

David Lazar's writing in Occasional Desire: Essays is personal yet scholarly, funny yet melancholy, familiar and warm, yet experimental and original.

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Lenny's Scuffles

An autobiography that includes stealing from priests, going to the navy with Artie Shaw and fighting the law (Dead Kennedys style, somewhat).

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Zen and the Art of Motorcycling in Neil Peart's 'Far and Away'

Reading Far and Away is like taking a personal journey with a good friend who has a great yarn to tell you about his globetrotting trips around the world.

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