'Louder Than Hell': New "Definitive" History of Heavy Metal Misses the Mark
Published 6/5/2013 at 11:12 a.m. 0 comments
By trying to cover the entire scope of loud, fast music over the past 50 or so years via interviews with those who played it, recorded it, or released it, Jon Wiederhorn and Katherine Turman allow the music itself to ...
Out of the Attic: Making Friends With 'The Woman Upstairs'
Published 5/29/2013 at 11:07 a.m. 0 comments
The Woman Upstairs starts aggressively: “How angry am I? You don’t want to know. Nobody wants to know about that.
Jamie Quatro’s Stories of Infidelity, Faith, and Family Herald the Arrival of a Bright New Talent
Published 4/10/2013 at 11:13 a.m. 0 comments
I Want to Show You More marks the emergence of a new Southern talent. Jamie Quatro doesn’t just dissect the modern marriage and the modern family, but the modern evangelical church. It’s a book to both devour and chew over.
Michael Moss Takes on the Processed Food Industry in 'Salt Sugar Fat'
Published 3/6/2013 at 10:54 a.m. 0 comments
For a country that loves to eat as much crap as we do, we sure love to read about how terrible it is for us.
Like a Weak Cocktail, 'Drinking With Men' Is Best Left Aside
Published 2/6/2013 at 2:15 p.m. 0 comments
There has been a lot of discussion in certain circles lately over the memoir: Is it inherently narcissistic? Can it ever be journalism? Is anyone’s personal life ever actually interesting to anyone else?
Sebastian Faulks Examines the Meaning of Self in 'A Possible Life'
Published 1/2/2013 at 10:09 a.m. 0 comments
A Possible Life is a series of five disparate novellas that jump back and forth in time from the 19th century to the near future. But wait, you say, isn’t that just what David Mitchell did in Cloud Atlas, way ...
The Best Books of 2012
Published 12/26/2012 at 5:00 p.m. 0 comments
Is the year really over? Has the wealth of riches that has been the literary scene in 2012 really come to a close? I mean, the year had its down points—can we please stop talking about 50 Shades of Grey ...
Jon Ronson Takes Clever Reporting to the Ends of the Earth in 'Lost at Sea'
Published 12/5/2012 at 10:20 a.m. 0 comments
Jon Ronson has a curious mind. More specifically, it’s a mind captivated by extreme people and situations.
Is Michael Chabon's 'Telegraph Avenue' an Elegy for Vinyl or a Tribute to Fatherhood?
Published 9/19/2012 at 10:52 a.m. 0 comments
What really sends Telegraph Avenue over the edge from realism to fantasy is that it’s a book about a record store in a mostly black neighborhood focused mostly on black music that neglects any mention at all of hip-hop culture ...
SEC Hijinks in Inman Majors’ Comic 'Love’s Winning Plays'
Published 9/5/2012 at 10:13 a.m. 0 comments
It’s a given that the nephew of one of college football’s most storied coaches might know a little something about the sport, especially if his father also played college ball and his grandfather coached for decades over at Sewanee. So ...
Femme Noir: The Best Hard-Boiled Novels of the Summer Are All Written by Women
Published 8/15/2012 at 11:21 a.m. 0 comments
While it’s likely the summer of 2012 will be best remembered in the publishing world for the utter domination of 50 Shades of Grey, the erotic trilogy hasn’t been the only best-selling surprise this year.
Summer Reading: '50 Shades of Grey' vs. 'Game of Thrones'
Published 7/25/2012 at 3:26 p.m. 0 comments
'50 Shades of Grey' vs. 'Game of Thrones'—a review in comic-strip format.
Sheila Heti Asks 'How Should a Person Be?' in Her New "Novel From Life"
Published 7/18/2012 at 12:38 p.m. 0 comments
How Should a Person Be? is described as “a novel from life,” although it could equally be called a fictionalized memoir. The book’s protagonist is a Toronto writer named Sheila Heti whose best friend is a painter named Margaux Williamson ...
'The Secret History' Meets 'Gossip Girl' in Jennifer Miller's 'Year of the Gadfly'
Published 6/13/2012 at 11:03 a.m. 0 comments
Do we really need The Year of the Gadfly, a new novel by Jennifer Miller about a possibly villainous secret society at a small New England prep school? Probably not. However, if you’re a fan of the genre, The Year ...
Alan Greenberg Pays Tribute to Werner Herzog
Published 5/23/2012 at 2:30 p.m. 0 comments
This new, revised version of Alan Greenberg’s 1976 book collects fragmentary, dream-like scenes from the period—starting with his first meeting with Herzog at the Cannes Film Festival in 1975 and concluding with the final shoot for the film, in Ireland—plus ...
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