Tag Archive: pop culture

Critic’s Notebook: David Bowie and the Physiology of Taste

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The Argument David Bowie’s recent death has closed a page on music history. On a more personal level, Bowie has been a constant in my life for decades. Beyond mere 80s nostalgia (Labyrinth)… Continue reading

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CCLaP Fridays: Voltaire’s Excellent Adventure: The Broken Boarder: Gatsby, Booze, and Hot Philosopher Action! By Martin D. Gibbs and Arthur Graham

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This week I review a rollicking metafictional postmodernist romp that involves philosophy, drinking, and squirrels.

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CCLaP Fridays: Selected Letters of Norman Mailer, edited by J. Michael Lennon

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This week I review Norman Mailer’s selected letters, giving a new perspective on an iconic and controversial author.

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Eerie Archives Volume 20 @ NYJB

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Eerie Archives Volume 20 is “a delightful sampler of the grotesque and absurd.”

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On Being Human Redux: Frankenstein Underground, by Mike Mignola and Ben Stenbeck

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When I wrote “On Being Human,” I wrote an essay on Mike Mignola’s “Hellboy.” “Frankenstein Underground” expands on Mignola’s pulpy universe, giving us a fun graphic novel about Frankenstein’s monster.

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2 books on Germany @ NYJB

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I review books on Hitler’s domestic spaces and how Germany deals with 4 centuries of history over at the New York Journal of Books.

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“Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip with David Foster Wallace,” by David Lipsky

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“Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip with David Foster Wallace,” by David Lipsky offers a unique look into the mind of an amazing writer.

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Massive Pissed Love: Nonfiction 2001–2014, by Richard Hell @ NYJB

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Former punk rocker Richard Hell writes “A rewarding collection whether read straight through or sampling here and there.”

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Disco’s Out…Murder’s In!: The True Story of Frank the Shank and L.A.’s Deadliest Punk Rock Gang by Heath Mattioli and David Spacone @ NYJB

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Imagine “Goodfellas” with a punk rock soundtrack, read the review at the New York Journal of Books.

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American Odd: The Manson File, by Nikolas Schreck

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I continue my CCLaP essay series “American Odd” with “The Manson File,” by Nikolas Schreck, an anthology of poetry, prose, and art by Charles Manson.

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