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 Vivaldiā€™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  ...

culturevulture.net – review

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  ...

Lightning on the Sun – Robert Bingham

Robert Bingham’s high-toned thriller, Lightning on the Sun, moves nimbly between Cambodia and New York City. An international cast of characters crosses paths when a jaded young American living in Phnom Penh decides to try his luck at smuggling  ...

Natalie Cole: Snowfall on the Sahara

Natalie Cole burst upon the scene in 1975 with the US top ten hit This Will Be and the album Inseparable. Other hits followed but, by the early eighties, sales were slipping and personal difficulties seemed likely to sink  ...

Until I Find You – John Irving

In contrast to several of John Irving’s large-scale comic novels of the past thirty years, Until I Find You likely won’t attract a wave of enthusiastic new readers to the writer’s work. (There are ardent fans of A Prayer  ...