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Amateur reviewers get kudos

Who’s more valuable – amateur or professional reviewers? Well, it depends on who you ask, but according to this article in the LA Times, amateur reviewers – especially on Amazon.com – are on the ascendency. And one author explains why: [W]riter Beth Lordan took to heart the HarperCollins winners’ opinions on her new novel, “But Come Ye Back.” She listens ... Read More »

A book to die for

Have you ever seen a coffin go by? If you did, you’re the next to die. They wrap you up in a bloody sheet Throw you down ‘bout six feet deep. The bugs crawl in The bugs crawl out The bugs play peeky boo on your snout Your head falls off Your tummy turns green Stuff comes out like whipping ... Read More »

A good idea that doesn’t go far enough

One of the reasons that pseudoscience gets a foothold in society is the lack of a crossable bridge between scientists and lay-people... They need to find a way to make a real bridge, one that invites understanding, not impedes it. Read More »

Media, myth and presidential power

David Greenberg weaves an interesting essay about the Washington press corps and the Nixon and Clinton presidential scandals in his review of two new books about Nixon and Watergate. Greenberg, himself a Nixon biographer, finds that Woodward and Bernstein were glorified a little too highly for what they actually did [although their contribution was not unimportant], and thinks that the ... Read More »

Art, politics and the aesthetics of Hitler

"...ideas have consequences, and the artist who succumbs to the temptation to dabble in ill-digested political ideas, be he a Nazi, a Communist, or a pacifist, is as morally responsible for their ultimate consequences as any other human being. In the end, beauty excuses nothing, least of all mass murder." Read More »

Writers, living together

Jealousy is always an issue when you have artistic egos vying for personal space in a relationship – although it’s not something unique to the artistic. Robert Fulford looks at an essay by writer Kathryn Chetkovich about her own struggles with her work and herself when her partner, Jonathan Franzen, hit popular and literary success with his book, The Corrections. ... Read More »

Marriage and monogamy as capitalist oppression

Do you remember the old commercial where someone eating from a jar of peanut butter collided with someone eating a bar of chocolate, and in the process discovered the flavor of Reese’s Cup? A true marriage of tastes. Well, this collision of feminism, Marxism and plain old bitterness is more like the theoretical equivalent of a stalker’s fantasy – a ... Read More »

Death in the family

A man lays naked and dead in a seedy motel room in upper Manhattan. His teenage niece is missing. When Lt. Peter Decker responds to a frantic call from his half-brother, another uncle of the missing girl, he finds himself far from his Los Angeles home, caught between family and a psychopathic killer. But is that killer the one who ... Read More »

The dead tell their stories in bones

The bones of the dead give up their secrets to Dr. Temperance Brennan, a forensic anthropologist, in the mystery series by Kathy Reichs, herself a forensic anthropologist. Those who enjoy the Dr. Kay Scarpetta novels by Patricia Cornwall will find themselves on familiar ground. The mystery is the point, but the puzzle is unraveled from the bodies. Dr. Brennan, known ... Read More »

Case’s thriller hits a nerve

In a post 9/11 world, John Case’s the first horseman seems eerily prescient. Published in 1998, the novel begins with three events: the murder of a couple in upstate New York; the mysterious disappearance of a tiny North Korean village; and an expedition to the Arctic Circle by a team of scientists set on exploring a mystery locked deep in ... Read More »