Dogs Dream of Running – John Lehman

Dogs Dream of Running collects forty-eight of John Lehman’s wry melancholic poems. Perhaps it’s bad form to recommend reading a book’s Epilogue before commencing with page one. However, Lehman’s end-of-the-book essay, “How I Started Writing Poetry,” is so revealing  ...

The Corrections – Jonathan Franzen

Jonathan Franzen’s strength as a fiction writer lies in his micromanagement of characterization. It’s no oxymoron to call The Corrections a large-scale intimate portrait of an American family. By burrowing deep inside the bruised middle-class psyches of Alfred and  ...

The Quarrymen – Hunter Davies

The Quarrymen attempts an unusual experiment. It’s a music book about men who never were serious musicians – a rock history about men who never became rock stars – a footnote in pop history which stayed just that. Its  ...

Come What May – Paula West

Our review of Paula West at the Plush Room Jazz vocal is an artistic pathway littered with potential pitfalls. If a singer doesn’t wander off into pointless, pretentious scatting a la Betty Carter, she  ...

Nuggets

Nuggets: Original Artyfacts From The First Psychedelic Era 1965-1968 [Box Set] Nuggets II: Original Artyfacts From The British Empire And Beyond [Box Set] In 1972, rock and roll was limping towards its nadir. The radical ambitions that  ...

John Cassavetes: Lifeworks – Tom Charity

"There ought to be more books about John Cassavettes", posits author Tom Charity at the outset of his own contribution to Cassavettian literature, John Cassavettes: Lifeworks. It's a rather odd way to start off a "critical biography" (Charity's words),  ...

A Room with a View – Noel Coward

Noel Coward is best remembered today for his plays - Hay Fever, Private Lives, Design for Living among others. However, he was also a prolific composer of operetta (Bitter Sweet) and material for revues. A prolific songwriter who wrote  ...