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Author Archives: Joseph Arellano

Joseph Arellano wrote music reviews in college for the campus newspaper and FM radio station. In recent years he has written book reviews for several publications including San Francisco Book Review, Sacramento Book Review, Portland Book Review and the Tulsa Book Review. He also maintains the Joseph's Reviews blog. For Blogcritics, Joseph writes articles about music, books, TV programs, running and walking shoes, and athletic gear. He believes that most problems can be solved through the purchase of a new pair of running shoes.

Music Review: Ryan Calhoun – ‘Paper Stars’ EP

Ryan Calhoun - Paper Stars

Does the new EP of five songs from Ryan Calhoun signal a musician on the rise? Read More »

Music Review: P.J. Pacifico – ‘Ready to Run’ EP

PJ Pacifico - Ready to Run EP

Musician P.J. Pacifico sounds different on his new EP release. Does the change in direction work? Read More »

Book Review: ‘James Madison: A Life Reconsidered’ by Lynne Cheney

James Madison biography Lynne Cheney

A reconsideration of one of the co-writers of the U.S. constitution reads like one of Gore Vidal's history-based novels. Read More »

Interview: Chris Ponteri, Director of the Milwaukee Running Festival

Milwaukee Running Festival

'We want to create an event that will make people proud to live and work in the Milwaukee area.' Read More »

Book Review: ‘Where You Go Is Not Who’ll You’ll Be: An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania’ by Frank Bruni

Where You Go (Amazon)

Frank Bruni investigates the madness of the college admissions process, and offers a needed new perspective. Read More »

Running Shoe Review: Topo Runventure

Topo Runventure 2

Is the Topo Runventure simply a trail running shoe, or is it more? Read More »

Running Shoe Review: Pearl Izumi EM Road N2

pearl-izumi-em-road-n2-14-men

Has Pearl Izumi delivered a well-balanced shoe in the EM Road N2? Read More »

Running Shoe Review: New Balance 1400v2

new-balance-rc1400-v2

Is the New Balance 1400v2 a fast and efficient training and racing flat? Read More »

Music Review: Gene Clark [The Byrds] – ‘Two Sides to Every Story’ [2014 Deluxe Edition]

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Is Gene Clark's neglected 1977 release country-rock or just country? Read More »

DVD Review: ‘The Mentalist’ – ‘The Complete Sixth Season’

The Mentalist

Is the sixth season of The Mentalist diabolically delightful? Read More »