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  ...

Carp Fishing on Valium – Graham Parker

In 1976, twenty-six-year-old Graham Parker and his band, the Rumour, emerged from the British pub-rock scene and released two extraordinary record albums, Howlin’ Wind and Heat Treatment. Fueled by working-class rancor and rhythm ’n’ blues, Parker’s style reflected the  ...

I Married a Communist – Philip Roth

Philip Roth's I Married A Communist is one a series of novels that use a narrator, Nathan Zuckerman, as a stand-in for the author. It's a hodgepodge of a novel that serves to vent his feelings about the witchhunt  ...

I Know You by Heart – Lee Lessack

... Review of San Francisco appearance with Joan Ryan Lee Lessack has been one of the US' most successful cabaret performers for some years and his second solo CD amply demonstrates just how he has maintained  ...

Grateful – The Songs of John Bucchino

John Bucchino has been the saviour of many a cabaret singer. His lush melodies and clever, psychologically astute lyrics remain relatively unknown and can be counted on to grace any set and impress even the most jaded audience. Bucchino  ...

Wonder Boys – Michael Chabon

Michael Chabon’s luminous 1988 coming-of-age novel, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, was one of the auspicious literary debuts of the last dozen or so years. Written in an assured and full-throated lyrical voice, the book began life as an MFA  ...

culturevulture.net – review

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  ...