And Man Created God is an impressively detailed and panoramic survey of how power and piety interacted with one another in the increasingly globalized classical world.
08 Jul 2014
While there are obvious downsides to the kind of discography that the Beach Boys have assembled -- it's dense, lengthy, and larded with inconsistent results -- one of the payoffs deserves special mention: those moments of discovery.
15 May 2014
Books about the Fab Four need to justify themselves. The Beatles Solo, a handsome but information-light and overpriced doorstop, doesn't get there.
19 Feb 2014
Both Elements of a Life and A Life Worth Living offer concise, eloquent, and learned treatments of the life and work of Albert Camus.
22 Nov 2013
The last two Arctic Monkeys singles have exposed an all-too-human chink in leadman Alex Turner’s leather-clad armor: the dude has a serious weakness for drunk/stoned dialing.
15 Aug 2013
Five good reasons to catch Brian Wilson, Al Jardine, and David Marks in concert if you get a chance.
09 Aug 2013
Though a mixed bag, Lucy in the Mind of Lennon prompts some interesting questions about the interplay between art and scientific inquiry.
07 Aug 2013
Thieves in the Temple offers a critique of the modern-day 'feel good' Christian church in America that rings true even as it feels incomplete.
14 Jul 2013
One is too jaunty and smirking for its own good, calling to mind a montage scene from some warmed over rom-com with, say, Cameron Diaz and Gerard Butler. And the other sounds like a band just following the safe, tried-and-true method.
08 Jul 2013
Algerian Chronicles is a stirring and lasting work of moral conviction. Camus illustrates the impossible challenge of pursuing justice in a conflict marked by heinous crimes.
04 Jun 2013
It was at the 2011 New Yorker Festival that Mitchell Hurwitz, creator of Arrested Development, announced that the much- beloved but all too short-lived comedy show would be making a return.
06 May 2013
The teaser seemed to herald greatness, but the newly released radio edit of "Get Lucky", the lead single from Daft Punk's forthcoming LP, Random Access Memories, doesn't quite deliver on the hype.
24 Apr 2013
Moving and emotionally complex, The Little Way of Ruthie Leming is a book about nothing less than the human condition.
10 Apr 2013
Mark Dillon tells the Beach Boys' long, complex and fascinating history through their long, complex and fascinating songbook.
31 Jan 2013
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