December 2008

Book 397: The Effects of Light

28 December, 2008 // 0 Comments

This book is about two young girls who star in a series of photographs from their childhood into their teens. The photographs become controversial as the girls grow older, with people calling them pornographic and suggesting that their father is ...

Book 396: Hypocrite in a Poofy White Dress

27 December, 2008 // 0 Comments

This memoir is really a collection of essays about particularly interesting incidents from the author’s life, like starring in a hippie home movie when she was four, meeting Mick Jagger at a party, and moving to Switzerland. And it is totally ...

Pushing the Boundaries

27 December, 2008 // 1 Comment

I was recently talking with a friend about how I feel reluctant to press the point when I feel like someone is pushing my boundaries, even if I end up feeling very uncomfortable and unhappy. I think it’s a great example of how I (and many ...

Book 395: Cat’s Eye

27 December, 2008 // 0 Comments

Earlier this week, I read a biography which I suspect was largely fictional, and now I’ve just finished a work of fiction which appears to be highly autobiographical. Funny how these things work. At any rate, anyone who likes Margaret Atwood ...

Hairy Matters

26 December, 2008 // 4 Comments

I was surprised to learn that other day that apparently I keep my hair long because I am longing for my lost youth, because no one over the age of 18 is supposed to have long hair. Women with long hair, according to the article I happened to be ...

Chilled Bears

26 December, 2008 // 1 Comment

I realize that the whole point of an underground book is that it is not readily available, but I would still really like to read The Taqwacores. My worst nightmare can actually come true. Wacky doings among the Mendocino County supervisors! What ...

Book 394: Cod

25 December, 2008 // 1 Comment

Have you ever secretly suspected that food can change the world? Well, it can, and cod is one of the most fascinating examples of a food which has shaped history. Wars have been fought over cod, exploration has been launched in search of cod, new ...

Merry Christmas

25 December, 2008 // 0 Comments

…to those of my readers who celebrate, and to those who don’t, I’m sorry that it is impossible to get anything done today because everything is closed, and that your holidays (or lack thereof) get totally short shrifted* and ...

Book 393: Bottlemania

25 December, 2008 // 0 Comments

This book is not just about bottled water. It’s about the corporate privatization of water, the battle between bottles and the tap, and how it is that bottled water companies managed to convince people that their product is something which ...

Book 392: The Glass Castle

24 December, 2008 // 1 Comment

Suzy, I feel obliged to warn you that since you recommended this book, if you really liked it, you may not want to read this review. Normally I regard book recommendations as open season, and I haven’t been afraid to trash recommendations (or ...
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