Dreamcatcher – Stephen King

In Danse Macabre, an engaging nonfiction exploration of cinematic and literary horror, Stephen King wrote nostalgically about the science fiction films of his 1950s boyhood. Movies like Earth vs. the Flying Saucers and Invasion of the Body Snatchers were frightening on more than one level. According to King, the  ...

The Deep End of the Ocean

They must have made a terrific movie out of it. I haven’t seen the movie, unfortunately, but I did just finish reading the book. I wonder whether the film was able to get around or at least alleviate the flaws I found in The Deep End of the  ...

culturevulture.net – review

Tenor saxophonist David Ware’s albums have never been boring. His deep sense of spirituality, and the sheer force of his playing, imbues his music with an intensity which has brought him a reputation as the closest thing the current jazz scene has to John Coltrane. In the past three  ...

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  ...