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Despite Efforts, "Lulu in Marrakech" Unconvincing
Published 03/11/2009 at 1:39 p.m.
Diane Johnson has perfected the contemporary novel of manners. Or more particularly, she has mastered the expatriate version of such, a cross between Henry James’ American on European Tour and Jane Austen’s Social Commentary. In previous works, such as Le ...
BIG EARS 09: Ned Rothenberg
Published 02/04/2009 at 4:42 p.m.
A defining metaphor for the Big Ears Festival comes to mind while chatting via phone with New York City-based reedman Ned Rothenberg. Perhaps the Big Ears Festival’s sensorium-blowing diversity, shoehorned as it is into a mere 50 hours, is the ...
Published 12/10/2008 at 1:57 p.m.
In conservative commentator Bruce Herschensohn’s debut novel, the barbarians are at the gate. In fact, technically speaking, the barbarians—in the form of rabid Islamist fundamentalists—are well beyond the gate, having achieved world domination, defeated the U.S. military, occupied the White ...
Published 11/26/2008 at 10:12 a.m.
“America is waiting for a message of some sort or another” is just a scrap of “found” talk radio—flatly delivered, inflectionless. Nevertheless it looped persistently through my head this fall while reading David Sheppard’s On Some Faraway Beach: The Life ...
Pulp: Erin Hogan
Published 10/01/2008 at 5 p.m.
Erin Hogan’s Spiral Jetta is one those unpretentious travel volumes that largely go unnoticed. It’s only 180 pages. It doesn’t tell of perilous journeys or of discovering exotic cultures. Nor is its author, the director of public affairs at the ...
Pulp: Haruki Murakami
Published 09/03/2008 at 5 p.m.
Does Haruki Murakami’s popularity derive from the ubiquity of American culture? Perhaps no other Japanese author has attained such a global following, with translations in over 40 languages, from Arabic to Vietnamese. The author’s new memoir, What I Talk about ...
Sound Unbound: Sampling Digital Music and Culture (MIT Press)
Published 08/13/2008 at 5 p.m.
Pulp: Historian Jacques Barzun once observed “that a good deal of [20th-century] art has been instructional, the artist-pedagogue flogging the dead philistine.” That remark could serve as epigram to the essays and music Paul D. Miller has collected in Sound ...
The Lazarus Project by Aleksander Hemon
Published 07/16/2008 at 5 p.m.
Despite its mere 294 pages, Aleksandar Hemon’s The Lazarus Project appears to contain three times that. Launched from a historical moment in 1908, the novel provokes a dozen voices spanning a century and two continents. Additionally, The Lazarus Project is ...
All Things Must Fight to Live: Stories of War and Deliverance in Congo
Published 06/18/2008 at 5 p.m.
Near the end of All Things Must Fight to Live: Stories of War and Deliverance in Congo, author and journalist Bryan Mealer describes breakfast in a train’s dining carriage as “one of my happiest moments. Because it was the first ...