The Night Inspector

Other Frederick Busch books The Night Inspector is a great American novel about the country’s dark night of the soul. Prolific novelist and short story writer Frederick Busch - author of more than twenty books since 1971 - evokes the Civil War  ...

Nation Time – Joe McPhee

Joe McPhee is, by the evidence presented on this CD, one of the truly great musicians of the postwar era, and probably one of the most criminally ignored. This disc, originally released on Cj Records in 1971 and only now emerging on CD due to the strenuous efforts of  ...

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 an island that has come to be known as the  ...

Glamorama

Bret Easton Ellis’s literary voice emerged fully-formed in his first novel, Less Than Zero, published to acclaim in 1985 when he was 20 years old and still a student at Bennington College. In stark minimalist prose Ellis chronicled the desultory world of wealthy Los Angeles teenagers living a hollow  ...

Andy Kaufman Revealed! – Bob Zmuda

Bob Zmuda's memoir Andy Kaufman Revealed! is both invaluable and exasperating. As Kaufman's writer and fellow provocateur, Zmuda was involved in all of his best known outrages: he served as referee (or ringside "lawyer") for the inter-gender wrestling matches, heckled Kaufman from the audience in televised comedy club appearances,  ...

Wonderful Town

Wonderful Town was the second of Leonard Bernstein's trio of 'New York' musicals begun in 1944 with On The Town and completed with 1957's West Side Story. If it is the least well remembered then the fault does not lie with either its score or Comden and Green's witty,  ...

Wonder Boys – Michael Chabon

Michael Chabon’s luminous 1988 coming-of-age novel, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, was one of the auspicious literary debuts of the last dozen or so years. Written in an assured and full-throated lyrical voice, the book began life as an MFA thesis and was published to critical acclaim and bestsellerdom when  ...

Women of the Third Reich – Anna Maria Sigmund

The Nazi slogan “Women must be emancipated from women’s emancipation” appears early in this book, and one can easily see the attraction for any historian, male or female, of investigating the dichotomies it presents. For though the Nazi regime was almost exclusively male, its rise to power would have  ...

Wildflowers – The New York Loft Jazz Sessions

The common critical consensus is that the 1970s, particularly the latter half of the decade, were the historical low point for jazz in America. Very few albums survive from that era, compared with the avalanches of reissues and vault clearing box-sets of 1950s and 60s groups. Part of this  ...