Songs from the Last Century – George Michael

George Michael has never been prolific - three original albums and a Greatest Hits collection since the demise of Wham - but his work has always had the feel of quality about it. He enjoys the privileged position of carrying with him a loyal following who wait impatiently  ...

The Stephen Sondheim Album

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Matthew Shipp Quartet – Pastoral Composure

Matthew Shipp has risen over the past eight years to become the preeminent pianist in the New York "free" or "avant" jazz scene. He has proved occasionally controversial, nearly reaching the point of physical confrontation with arch conservative critic Stanley Crouch over Crouch's public snubbing of him at a  ...

Ravelstein – Saul Bellow

Perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised that Saul Bellow at 84 has written a novel as graceful and funny as Ravelstein. But who could have predicted that he would also stir up a hornets’ nest of controversy? The character of Abe Ravelstein is based on Bellow’s late friend and colleague,  ...

The Big Black – Orange Goblin

First things first: this album's title, The Big Black, has absolutely nothing to do with Steve Albini's noise- and rage-fueled mid-80s pummeling device. No covers of "Jordan, Minnesota" here, sorry. Orange Goblin is a stoner metal band, with no pretensions towards anything deeper than rocking out, and every once  ...

One Market Under God – Thomas Frank

Once Americans imagined that economic democracy meant a reasonable standard of living for all, that freedom was only meaningful once poverty and powerlessness had been overcome. Today, however, American opinion leaders seem generally convinced that democracy and the free market are simply identical. There is precious little that is  ...

Novel with Cocaine – M. Ageyev

Novel with Cocaine is narrated by a young Russian hedonist living in Moscow during the tumultuous years of 1916 to 1919. As the country plunges deeper into the First World War, Vadim Maslennikov plunges instead into prostitutes. When the Communist Revolution begins to unfold, Vadim prefers to unfold packets  ...

Narralogues: Truth in Fiction – Ronald Sukenick

Ronald Sukenick is one of the leading lights of postmodern literature in the United States. He was a founding member of the Fiction Collective, a famed alternative press started in 1974 and still thriving. His first novel was published in 1968. Since then, in over a dozen works, he’s  ...