Books

Book Review: “The Path to Paradise: A Francis Ford Coppola Story” — Still Carrying On

February 23, 2024
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“The Path to Paradise” is yet another bio in praise of a high modernist male artist who is seen as that much more colorful because of his excesses and failures.

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Book Review: Bora Chung’s “Your Utopia” — A Deep, Rich Well of Imagination

February 22, 2024
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The stories in this collection are uneven, although to my mind the beauty and brilliance of the best outweigh the others.

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Poetry Review: “Wheatley at 250” — Rescuing Her Imagination, and Ours

February 20, 2024
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“Wheatley at 250” poignantly responds to the poet’s voice and experiences in order to help us understand ourselves in the 21st century.

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Book Review: “Drums & Demons: The Tragic Journey of Jim Gordon” — Overcome by Madness

February 20, 2024
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“Drums & Demons” is at times frustratingly unclear on dates, but its research is comprehensive about the brilliant career and disasterous end of drummer Jim Gordon.

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Book Review: “Waiting for Al Gore” — Birds of a Feather

February 20, 2024
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For a light-hearted take on some serious issues, “Waiting for Al Gore” delivers.

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Children’s Book Reviews: Stories to Tickle Your Funny Bone

February 18, 2024
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Have a laugh as you read these charmingly funny picture books with your child.

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Book Review: Filmmakers and Their Opinions — as Told to Critic Gerald Peary  

February 13, 2024
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New cinematic mavericks have come along. All the more reason that the views of earlier rebels be collected and preserved, given the short historical memories of young filmmakers and their audiences.

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Book Review: “The Fine Art of Literary Fist-Fighting” — Punching for Respect

February 12, 2024
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Over the years, Lee Gutkind has been one of the most persistent and impassioned voices making the case for the value of creative nonfiction.

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Graphic Novel Review: “Freshman Year” — Remembrance of Cafeteria Meals Past

February 10, 2024
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“Freshman Year” is marketed as YA, but those of us who recently went through our freshman year will appreciate this graphic novel the most.

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Book Review: The Poetic Vision of Larry Eigner — A Gravitational Aesthetic Force Field

February 7, 2024
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Jennifer Bartlett’s fine biography is a capstone to a steady solidification of respect for this innovative poet’s art and legacy.

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