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It is often amusing to look at how writers past have envisioned the future – our present – to see how wrong they got it. In William Gibson’s Idoru, however, it is frightening to see how closely the author has described our contemporary world. While Idoru was only written ten years ago (and takes place soon after 2000), it prophesized a new Iraq war, obsession with the ever-growing Sport Utility ... Continue Reading

Posted: December 11th, 2005

Emily Flake shines among the most talented humorists in contemporary comics. This book, Flake’s first collected anthology, compiles more than a year and a half of her ongoing Lulu Eightball comic strips, presently syndicated in six alternative newsweeklies in the United States and abroad. In Lulu Eightball, Flake waxes on the in and outs of the day to day, tackling themes like “Which Hell are you ... Continue Reading

Posted: October 27th, 2005

It’s hard to resist the finer things in life. To wander off the street into an immaculate sanctuary where people happily serve you, and offer your choice of the finest wines – what’s not to enjoy? It turns out that there are some things, but vicariously experiencing the height of pleasure at four-star (or even three-star) restaurants is the central thrill of Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life ... Continue Reading

Posted: October 26th, 2005

A meditation on the crossword puzzle in our contemporary culture could have the makings of a great, perhaps even significant, read. In the crossword, we have an American original, a unique and sophisticated version of the word games developed and played for thousands of years. Just take a ride in a subway car or wait in a doctor’s office, and you will witness how far-reaching the influence of th ... Continue Reading

Posted: October 19th, 2005

Some people say that I bear a striking resemblance to everyone’s favorite young wizard. For years, I tried to play down this apparent likeness. It’s quite humiliating, the type of comparison that elicits from some the same “awww” you would hear from a slightly jealous, fertile young woman, just itchin to birth some babies, upon catching a glimpse of a newborn. For years, this comparison has mea ... Continue Reading

Posted: September 6th, 2005

After reading Donna Tartt’s The Little Friend, I felt like Bart and Milhouse after they went to see the film version of Naked Lunch – very confused, and disappointed that it wasn’t sexy. The book jacket here promises so much. An eerie murder initiates the plot and injects a huge sense of foreboding. An ominous doll – evil, perhaps? – is splayed on the cover. The author herself also stares ou ... Continue Reading

Posted: September 5th, 2005

Most Americans become familiar with Provence through the artwork of Cezanne or Van Gogh, leaving an impression of small hillside towns skirted by lavender and fields of sunflowers below low mountains. Jean Giono was the poet of these regions. And while the literary giants of France are well-known to those who are interested; Gide, Breton, Baudelaire, Camus, Rousseau, among quite a list of others ... Continue Reading

Posted: August 11th, 2005

Prequels must be hard to write. For the last year, maybe even longer, I had been hassling this dude at work by saying that Episode III was totally going to suck. And when that one came out, boy, was I vindicated. It was a total train wreck. The prequel took George Lucas down, and it has also knocked a local talent, George P. Pelecanos. But there is always room for redemption. George Peleca ... Continue Reading

Posted: July 13th, 2005

Audrey Niffenegger has a wonderful, if unusual, metaphor for a life with love: time travel. Her novel, The Time Traveler’s Wife, is a great drama and love story. Just to clear the air, I’ll admit that this book looks as if it has a few strikes against it, but that should be ignored. Though its title implies such, it is neither romance nor science fiction, two genres that can frighten away po ... Continue Reading

Posted: July 4th, 2005

Reading historical fiction, featuring the likes of boring Gore Vidal tales and Jeff Shaara’s militaristic The Killer Angels, can be a dicey business. The Plot Against America, though, has a few good things going for it: 1) it’s written by Philip Roth, one of America’s literary greats, and 2) rumors that it is a veiled comparison of Dubya to Adolph Hitler. While it may not live up to all of its p ... Continue Reading

Posted: June 27th, 2005

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