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May 14, 2007

Margaret Thatcher, Humanist Icon: Reflections on Clive James’ Cultural Amnesia 5


I.The year is young yet, but I’d like to direct your attention to what will no doubt be recognized as one of the finest short stories published in it. It is called “Walter Benjamin,” and it appears in the Australian journalist Clive James’ experimental omnibus, Cultural Amnesia: Necessary Memories from History and the Arts. I […]

May 3, 2007

The Corey Vilhauer Book of the Month Club: May 2007 1


Which is better? Reading a series slowly, savoring each book by separating it from its ilk, dividing and conquering and drawing the series out over the span of several years, as if reading them real time the way they were released. Or… Devouring a series at once, going from book to book as if the […]

May 2, 2007

Pocket Totems: Taking Comfort by Roger Morris 0


In Sexual Personae, a landmark work in the field of pseudo-intellectual posturing, Camille Paglia claims that Da Vinci carried the Mona Lisa with him everywhere he went. To DaVinci, the painting was more than just a pretty smile, it was a power object, an “apotropaion,” a totem with the power to protect its bearer from […]

April 24, 2007

Hard-Boiled on Ice: The Yiddish Policemen’s Union by Michael Chabon 1


It should come as no surprise that Michael Chabon, with his latest novel The Yiddish Policemen’s Union, has delivered a high concept work of genre fiction. That’s par for the course for Chabon. More broadly speaking, Union’s detective novel form will be familiar, but Chabon has made it his own by superimposing the story on […]

April 13, 2007

Instant News: Bob Woodruff Back from the Brink 3


Last week we remembered the death of journalist Michael Kelly four years ago near Baghdad, and examined his 1992 book, Martyr’s Day, chronicle of the first Gulf War. On to Bob Woodruff, ABC newsman, who was critically wounded on January 29, 2006, while reporting in Iraq. Exposed atop a patrolling tank, the 44 year-old Woodruff […]

April 2, 2007

The Corey Vilhauer Book of the Month Club: April 2007 5


Reading can be rewarding. I’m late to this party. Everyone has been expounding on their love for this month’s book – Cormac McCarthy’s The Road. But before Oprah, and before the Tournament of Books, and especially before the hype and praise and high expectations, I decided I’d better give this book a shot. So, essentially, […]

March 23, 2007

“Turgid Waters”: Zodiac Unmasked 1


When I was a kid, I read People magazine. I mean read it. As in every week. A couple of years into my subscription, I could name the husbands of Elizabeth Taylor, the number of cars owned by Jay Leno, the blood-type of every member of the house of Windsor. Weirdly, People also taught me […]

March 15, 2007

Of Basketball, Betting, and Books 0


I think it is appropriate that a cartel of organizations, many of which you have heard of and one or two of which you may have even been a part of, self-sloganizes with the term ‘Madness.’ This cartel relies on the complicity of its member organizations to achieve a singular goal: making large amounts of […]

March 7, 2007

Capitalism Births a Chinese Kafka 0


As anyone who keeps up with world financial markets surely knows, the People’s Republic of China is booming. After the quashing of the Chinese democracy movement in Tienanmen Square in 1989, Deng Xiaoping did an about-face and introduced capitalism as a panacea for the woes of his country. Echoing the call “to get rich is […]

March 2, 2007

Mrs. Millions Reads: The Old Patagonian Express 2


Mrs. Millions sent me a nice email yesterday (from the other room – funny how we communicate) that she thought I might want to share on the blog. It touches on the many things that reading can offer beyond just the story itself. And since Mrs. Millions puts up with all the time I spend […]