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Author Archives: Charles Murtaugh

The New Pornographers– best…live show…ever?

Like a racehorse galloping around its paddock, wanting more to race than to graze, this band wants to rock. Read More »

Great Scot(s)

The Delgados, live. Beautiful, clear singing, but utterly incomprehensible stage banter. Read More »

I am not a number, I am a free man!

Before "The Matrix," before "The Truman Show," and yes, before "Austin Powers," there was "The Prisoner." Read More »

Furst rate

Alan Furst's spy novels tell the sort of untellable stories that one can only imagine from the obituary pages, as the last survivors of the W.W. II years silently pass away. Read More »

Put your hands on the wheel, let the golden age begin

Five newish CDs that might help restore your faith in popular music Read More »

The Supersuckers live: Far Beyond Drivel

Who else but the Supersuckers could whip a jaded New York crowd into a song-and-response of “Are you ready? Yes we’re ready!” in the chorus of a number entitled “Rock Your Ass”? Read More »

Atonement, Ian McEwan

At one level, this is a well-plotted, unusually (for this author) emotionally-involving piece of conventional fiction; at another, it is radically meta-fictional, tackling head-on the gap of human incomprehension. Read More »