Journey to Portugal – Jose Saramago

Journey to Portugal offers the pleasures of an engaging travel book coupled with the deeper enjoyment of sharing an excursion with a world-class storyteller. Written several years prior to his acclaimed 1995 novel Blindness, Saramago’s Journey to Portugal is  ...

Mrs. Hollingsworth’s Men – Padgett Powell

How many struggling writers wouldn’t give their eyeteeth to be in Padgett Powell’s predicament? Since the publication of Edisto, his highly praised 1984 debut novel about a young boy’s eccentric upbringing in the Deep South, Powell has been in  ...

The Dying Animal – Philip Roth

David Kepesh is a breast man. When author Philip Roth first introduced us to him in the 1973 novella The Breast, the 38-year-old professor of comparative literature was the victim of a Kafkaesque medical anomaly that resulted in his  ...

culturevulture.net – review

Tenor saxophonist David Ware’s albums have never been boring. His deep sense of spirituality, and the sheer force of his playing, imbues his music with an intensity which has brought him a reputation as the closest thing the current jazz  ...

A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius

Dave Eggers, the 29-year-old editor of the determinedly odd literary journal McSweeney’s, has written a memoir that wreaks delirious havoc by turning the autobiographical genre on its head. As its flippant title makes riotously clear, A Heartbreaking Work of  ...

Both Sides Now – Joni Mitchell

. This is, quite simply, a delight. After producing only three recordings during the nineties, Mitchell's decision to deliver an album of covers might suggest a dearth of new ideas. Far from being a make-weight, however, Both Sides Now is  ...

Midnite Vultures – Beck

He's the prolific one-name artist known as much for his homegrown musical experiments as his full-band funkadelic workouts. Despite well-publicized battles with his record company, he's back with a new album and a few new tricks up his sleeve.  ...

Ravelstein – Saul Bellow

Perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised that Saul Bellow at 84 has written a novel as graceful and funny as Ravelstein. But who could have predicted that he would also stir up a hornets’ nest of controversy? The character of  ...

French New Wave

Jean Douchet’s lavishly illustrated coffee-table book, French New Wave, is an eye-popping tribute to the movement that gained worldwide prominence in 1959 with the release of two groundbreaking motion pictures: Fran´┐Żois Truffaut’s The 400 Blows and Jean-Luc Godard’s Breathless.  ...