Archive for the 'Books' Category


A Constellation of Vital Phenomena

An eight year old girl in war-torn Chechnya? Really? It’s a girl’s book. I’ve never heard any guy talk about it. When it comes to the domestic sagas of overseas personages the females eat them up and the males don’t even start. Which is why I had no intention of reading Anthony Marra’s “A Constellation […]

Lena Dunham/Free Work

“Lena Dunham Does Not Pay” “Why stars like Lena Dunham ask aspiring performers to work for free” What stuns me here is Ms. Dunham and her publisher, Random House, and the writer for the “New York Times” were completely unaware of the Amanda Palmer kerfuffle. Yes, Amanda too wanted her fans to perform for free. […]

We Are Not Ourselves

Can I recommend a book? You remember books, that antiquated media model that requires dedication in our fast-moving society that is usually populated by quick-read genre trash. “We Are Not Ourselves”┬áis not that. If it were a TV show, they’d call it a family drama. But that would imply it’s all about the interactions between […]

Steve Boone’s Lovin’ Spoonful Book

They were the Pixar of their day, their first seven singles hit the “Billboard” Top Ten back when that meant something. But Steve Boone believes, despite being in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Lovin’ Spoonful don’t get any respect. Musicians… The audience adores them, the businessmen deplore them, but without their tunes […]