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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.

Book Review: ‘The Nobodies Album’ by Carolyn Parkhurst

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Is 'The Nobodies Album' a better novel the second time around? Read More »

Book Review: ‘My Salinger Year’ by Joanna Rakoff

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Joanna Rakoff presents a quiet emotional look at her early professional life and the impact one writer had on it. Read More »

Music Review: Chicago – ‘Chicago XXXVI: Now’

Chicago XXXVI: Now

Is Chicago's latest album up to the standard set by 'Chicago XXX'? Read More »

TV Review: ‘Man Finds Food’ on the Travel Channel

Man Finds Food

Is "Man Finds Food" enough to wet the appetite? Read More »

An Interview with Adrian Bourgeois


I speak with musician Adrian Bourgeois about his ambitious 24-song double album release. Read More »

An Interview with Brent Bourgeois

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I speak with Brent Bourgeois, who returns to the recording scene with a new album in June. Read More »

Music Review: Rosanne Cash – ‘The River & The Thread’

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Has Rosanne Cash recorded her 'Graceland'? Read More »

Music Review: Benmont Tench – ‘You Should Be So Lucky’


Is Benmont Tench's solo album just competent or is it more than that? Read More »

Book Review: ‘The Gamble’ by John Sides and Lynn Vavreck

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A not-so-definitive look at the 2012 election. Read More »

Music Review: Dido – ‘Greatest Hits’

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Did Dido include enough or too much of her music on this greatest hits collection? Read More »