The Club Dumas – Arturo Perez-Reverte

Right at the start, let me confess that I question my own competence to review this book. It revealed to me, a lifelong bibliophile, a world of book-antiquaria in general and biblio-Satanism in particular, that I had never before encountered, with convolutions which tied me in knots trying to  ...

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 the all-time kings of modern American lower-class squalor. Their worldview  ...

The Clash

In their five brief years, The Clash left behind a peerless body of work. Sweeping, ambitious and constantly evolving, their music encapsulated a short history of rock and roll. At first, they were a crude and caterwauling garage band, making up in raw force what they lacked in technique.  ...

The Company She Keeps – Mary McCarthy

Mary McCarthy’s first novel plunges into the psyche of a young married woman in the 1930's who is starting an affair with a Young Man, planning to drop hints of it to her girlfriends and then reveal all to her husband. To her, her feelings towards specific men are  ...

Below the Under – The Color Red

The Color Red is a young, up-and-coming rock band whose songs are melodic enough for easy listener access (that is, they've got choruses), but still retain a hard, almost metal edge. The metal element emerges most clearly on this CD's first track, "Dangerous", which melds the melody of a  ...

Carp Fishing on Valium – Graham Parker

In 1976, twenty-six-year-old Graham Parker and his band, the Rumour, emerged from the British pub-rock scene and released two extraordinary record albums, Howlin’ Wind and Heat Treatment. Fueled by working-class rancor and rhythm ’n’ blues, Parker’s style reflected the white R&B of Van Morrison as well as something of  ...

Calder at Home

... Pedro E. Guerrero's Calder at Home, a collection of intimate anecdotes and photographs of the sculptor Alexander "Sandy" Calder (1898-1976) and his work, is a fresh look at an artist who imbued his creations with humor and intelligence. Guerrero, an 80 year old photographer, chronicles his friendship with  ...

Cabaret Divas

Discovering Great Singers of Classic Pop: A New Listener's Guide to the Sounds and Lives of the Top Performers and Their Recordings, Movies, and Videos (1992), Roy Hemming, David Hajdu (Editor) It is gratifying to see how the cabaret scene has expanded  ...

Betty Buckley’s Broadway

derma e Vitamin A Retinyl Palmitate Wrinkle Treatment Creme . BBetty Buckley is a consummate performer, a marvel whether experienced in a role on stage, in concert, or in recording. Betty Buckley’s Broadway, her newest release from Sterling Records, is a compilation of songs performed from 1969 to  ...