Mule Variations – Tom Waits

Does life seem nasty, brutish and short? Tom Waits certainly appeared to feel that way on 1992's Bone Machine, an almost unrelievedly stark and grim meditation on death that piled up critical accolades even as it struck many longtime  ...

Brent Barrett: The Kander & Ebb Album

Brent Barrett has appeared on Broadway in Grand Hotel and Chicago, off-Broadway in March of the Falsettos and the original production of Maltby and Shire's Closer Than Ever and, for New York City Opera, in Brigadoon. His show recordings  ...

Calder at Home

... Pedro E. Guerrero's Calder at Home, a collection of intimate anecdotes and photographs of the sculptor Alexander "Sandy" Calder (1898-1976) and his work, is a fresh look at an artist who imbued his creations with humor and intelligence.  ...

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  ...

Punishing Kiss – Ute Lemper

. Ute Lemper's is, sometimes, not an easy talent to love. Ever intense, she makes considerable demands on both herself and her audience and her performances often seem short on humour. Punishing Kiss takes the singer away from her accustomed  ...

Patti LuPone: Matters of the Heart

.. Patti LuPone starred on Broadway as Evitaand as Reno Sweeney in the Lincoln Center revival of Anything Goes. Earlier work included the original productions of The Baker's Wife and The Robber Bridegroom. In London she created the roles  ...

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  ...

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  ...

Women of the Third Reich – Anna Maria Sigmund

The Nazi slogan “Women must be emancipated from women’s emancipation” appears early in this book, and one can easily see the attraction for any historian, male or female, of investigating the dichotomies it presents. For though the Nazi regime  ...