Kook

Peter Heller, author of "Kook"Photo by Eric Weber Kook: What Surfing Taught Me About Love, Life and Catching the Perfect Wave By Peter HellerFree PressJuly 2010304 pages There are worse ways to indulge a midlife crisis than to take  ...

Good Books for Hard Times

Good Books for Hard TimesReprinted with permission from  the author, San Francisco Chronicle. Sunday, March 8, 2009    "In a democratic society, where every individual opinion counts, [literature's] incomparable ability to instruct, to make alternatives intellectually and emotionally clear, to  ...

The Violent World of Mosh Pit Culture

Moshpit: The Violent World of Mosh Pit Culture Joe Ambrose I've a confession to make to you, dear readers: I spent a good deal of my youth running around in circles, bumping into fellow frustrated, disenfranchised  ...

culturevulture.net – review

What is the proper scope of macro and micro economics? Should they merely analyze standard monetary statistical data? Or should we measure an economy’s true value by monetizing vital economic factors such as unpaid household labor and the depletion of  ...

culturevulture.net – review

U.S. vs. Them: How a Half Century of Conservatism Has Undermined America’s Security By J. Peter Scoblic New York, Penguin Group, 2008 Website Of the recent books dealing with right-wing foreign policy, J. Peter Scoblic’s U.S. vs. Them may  ...

Chasing Ghosts Book Review

Chasing Ghosts Failures and Facades in Iraq: A Soldier’s Perspective by Paul Reickhoff New American Library, 2006 http://paulrieckhoff.com/home/index.asp Among the throngs of books on the Iraq fiasco, Chasing Ghosts must have the best opening sentence: “George Bush had  ...

Vivaldi’s Virgins

  The lyricism of Vivaldi’s Virgins by Barbara Quick rivals the subject matter of this well written and researched novel about gifted orphans taught to play exquisite original music by the master Baroque composer Antonio Vivaldi. Quick wields the  ...

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Armed with the latest “quit lit” and a cache of nicotine patches and lozenges, David Sedaris departs on an extended vacation to Tokyo with the intent of finally kicking his thirty-year-old smoking habit. The popular memoirist chronicles his efforts to  ...