Brecht and Company – John Fuegi

John Fuegi's 1994 biography of Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956) is an exhaustive monument to academic scholarship gone awry. At over 700 pages (including nearly 100 pages of endnotes), Brecht and Company is the longest full-scale Brecht biography in print. It  ...

Something Wonderful – Anne Kerry Ford

Anne Kerry Ford is a relative newcomer to the cabaret scene, having made her debut as recently as 1996. A graduate of The Juilliard School of Drama, she has worked extensively as an actress and appeared on Broadway in  ...

Confederacy Of Ruined Lives – Eyehategod

The New Orleans quintet Eyehategod is one of the most depressed, and depressing, bands in all of rock. Even in metal, where a bleak, Schopenhauer-esque worldview holds sway most of the time, no matter what, Eyehategod are regarded as  ...

Everything, Everything – Underworld

Even after almost thirty years (possibly less depending on whether you want to count the ascendance of disco, or the emergence of Kraftwerk, as the beginnings of electronic music’s pop presence), it’s still difficult for many listeners to imagine  ...

culturevulture.net – review

Hidden away in the heart of Xochimilco, one of Mexico City’s most popular tourist areas, famous for its multicolored floating gardens, is a lonely island of mystery, the result of the extraordinary obsession of an eccentric Mexican. It is  ...

Surrendered – David S. Ware

David S. Ware is one of the most powerful saxophonists currently working. His technique goes far beyond the sometimes-contrived overblowing of Charles Gayle or the squiggly abstractions of Sabir Mateen or Daniel Carter. He is possessed of a deep  ...

Brief Interviews with Hideous Men

100% Cotton dyed Noren. Handmade in Japan. a limited production noren for the serious noren enthusiast What are we to make of the curious literary career of David Foster Wallace? The success of his 1,079-page doorstop of a  ...

Eyes Wide Shut/Dream Story

Stanley Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut was shrouded in secrecy and hype for so long (compounded by Kubrick’s unexpected death last March) that it was probably destined to disappoint critics and moviegoers. Predictably, the film had a stupendous opening weekend,  ...