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  ...

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  ...