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  ...

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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  ...

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  ...

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  ...

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By T. Coraghessan Boyle This book was written after its writer, Thomas John Boyle, became T. Coraghessan Boyle, but before he morphed into merely T.C. Boyle. Some online sites suggest that Coraghessan was a middle name made up because it was 'sexier' than mere John, or T.J.,  ...

1900 The Pianist on the Ocean – Alesandro Baricco

1900 is an interesting evening’s theatre. I hesitate to call it a play because even its creator does not. Novecento, to give it its original title, was written in 1994 by Italian novelist and essayist Alessandro Baricco as a story/monologue for the actor Eugenio Allegri to perform. With the  ...

500 Clown MacBeth

500 Clown Macbeth is the signature work of the Chicago-based performance art theater group 500 Clown. Intent on breaking through what’s known in theater as the Fourth Wall (that invisible barrier between actors and audience), three actors—Molly Brennan (Kevin), Adrian Danzig (Bruce), and Paul Kalina (Shank)—deconstruct the Shakespearean tragedy of  ...

A Life – Hugh Leonard

Hugh Leonard is a prolific writer with thirty-two stage plays to his credit. A Life was first produced by the Abbey Theatre in 1979 and has had successful runs in cities around the world. The Abbey Theater has revived it this summer in a delightful production that gives a  ...