MFA in a Box: A Why to Write Book

John Rember, the writer, dispenses writing advice in "MFA in a Box."Photo from mfainabox.com 'MFA in a Box: A Why To Write Book' By John RemberDream of Things, 2011262 pages; $16.95 John Rember’s “MFA in a Box: A Why  ...

Sal Mineo: A Biography

Sal Mineo (left) with James Dean in "Rebel Without a Cause" Sal Mineo: A Biography By Michael Gregg Michaud384 pages, plus photosCrown Archetype, $25.99, hardcoverISBN 978-0-307-71868-6 Sal Mineo was one of the most promising new stars of the 1950s,  ...

The Celluloid Activist

Larry Kramer (right) comforts Vito Russo in his California home several months before he died.Photo from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration website La Dolce Vito "Celluloid Activist: The Life and Times of Vito Russo"By Michael SchiaviUniversity of  ...

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  ...

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  ...