Me Talk Pretty One Day – David Sedaris

In his best writing, David Sedaris suggests a visiting anthropologist from a distant galaxy or some future civilization, observing and chronicling contemporary life with a mixture of curiosity, disgust, and outright befuddlement. His stranger-in-a-strange-land approach succeeds without undue mean-spiritedness,  ...

The Talented Mr. Ripley – Patricia Highsmith

Novelist Patricia Highsmith (1921-1995) is receiving some well-deserved media attention these days thanks to Anthony Minghella’s opulent Hollywood version of The Talented Mr. Ripley. The film has much to recommend it, but it sorely lacks Highsmith’s pitch-black humor and  ...

Bistro – Sharon O’Connor

Sharon O’Connor’s Bistro is an ambitious and engaging cookbook that covers all the bases with enthusiasm, charm and an acknowledged passion for French bistro cooking. O’Connor tells of being “hopelessly smitten” with her subject matter, and proceeds  ...

Fight Club – Chuck Palahniuk

As most everyone knows by now, Fight Club centers around disaffected middle-class American males who meet in an underground secret society and pummel one another. The fighting is an existential metaphor for men trying desperately to reassert their masculine  ...

Mule Variations – Tom Waits

Does life seem nasty, brutish and short? Tom Waits certainly appeared to feel that way on 1992's Bone Machine, an almost unrelievedly stark and grim meditation on death that piled up critical accolades even as it struck many longtime  ...

Cabaret Divas

Discovering Great Singers of Classic Pop: A New Listener's Guide to the Sounds and Lives of the Top Performers and Their Recordings, Movies, and Videos (1992), Roy Hemming, David Hajdu (Editor) It  ...