The Glass Cocoon – Serena F. Holder/Christopher J. Jarmick

The Glass Cocoon is a 500-page behemoth of a murder mystery written by two first-time novelists, Christopher J. Jarmick and Serena F. Holder. The theme is provocative: what if one of the anonymous members of a sexually-explicit online chatroom started killing the families and friends of other members? Not unlike  ...

Charles Gayle: Ancient of Days

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Broke – (hed) p.e.

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French New Wave

Jean Douchet’s lavishly illustrated coffee-table book, French New Wave, is an eye-popping tribute to the movement that gained worldwide prominence in 1959 with the release of two groundbreaking motion pictures: Fran´┐Żois Truffaut’s The 400 Blows and Jean-Luc Godard’s Breathless. At first glance, these films appear to have little in  ...

Fight Club – Chuck Palahniuk

As most everyone knows by now, Fight Club centers around disaffected middle-class American males who meet in an underground secret society and pummel one another. The fighting is an existential metaphor for men trying desperately to reassert their masculine identities in the face of dehumanizing jobs and meaningless lives.  ...

Ask Me Again – Charles Cermele

Charles Cermele is one of the few really interesting and individual male singers to emerge on the cabaret scene in recent years. His second album offers a greater variety of material than his debut, 1995's Look In My Eyes, while remaining its equal in terms of quality.  ...

Eyes Wide Shut/Dream Story

Stanley Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut was shrouded in secrecy and hype for so long (compounded by Kubrick’s unexpected death last March) that it was probably destined to disappoint critics and moviegoers. Predictably, the film had a stupendous opening weekend, but the few positive reviews it garnered weren't enough to  ...

Ex-Friends

The quickest test of whether or not Norman Podhoretz’s memoir Ex-Friends might appeal to you is by your level of interest in the controversy that erupted over Elia Kazan’s honorary Oscar at last year’s Academy Awards. If you were intrigued by the rancorous political arguments that resurfaced after 50  ...