Born to Entertain – Lisa Richard

The last few years has seen something of an explosion in the release of recordings by relatively young and little known performers on both the Broadway stage and cabaret circuit. While it is most gratifying to see a number  ...

Need My Sugar – Kim Nalley

Kim Nalley has been a fixture on the San Francisco music scene for the best part of a decade and with this album, her sophomore release, looks set to increase her profile significantly in both her native US and  ...

Andy Kaufman Revealed! – Bob Zmuda

Bob Zmuda's memoir Andy Kaufman Revealed! is both invaluable and exasperating. As Kaufman's writer and fellow provocateur, Zmuda was involved in all of his best known outrages: he served as referee (or ringside "lawyer") for the inter-gender wrestling matches,  ...

All I Ask Of You – Barbara Cook

. In a career that spans the second half of the twentieth century, Barbara Cook has achieved a status accorded only a handful of Broadway performers. Her influence on other artists has been as great as that of Ethel Merman,  ...

House of Leaves

Ten years in the writing, Mark Danielewski’s 700-page hypertext ghost story, House of Leaves, is a remarkable display of innovative book design. Dueling storylines are told simultaneously in contrasting typefaces. Blocks of text are printed upside down, sideways, backwards,  ...

Big Fun – Miles Davis

Big Fun is one of the forgotten items in Miles Davis's discography. Recorded with four different bands (one for each of its album-side-long cuts), it falls somewhere between the expansive soundscapes of Bitches Brew and the chugging, anarchic funk-noise  ...

Leading Men of Musicals and Cabaret

Suggested reading: Intimate Nights: The Golden Age of New York Cabaret (1992), James Gavin Discovering Great Singers of Classic Pop: A New Listener's Guide (1992), Roy Hemming, David Hajdu (Editor) Jazz Singing: America's Great  ...

Narralogues: Truth in Fiction – Ronald Sukenick

Ronald Sukenick is one of the leading lights of postmodern literature in the United States. He was a founding member of the Fiction Collective, a famed alternative press started in 1974 and still thriving. His first novel was published  ...