• Artificial Light

    Artificial Light

    The frontman of a hugely popular rock band is found dead by a shotgun wound. Sound familiar? It’s also the beginning of rock writer James Greer’s elliptical new novel. And, as Sheila Scoville finds out, any resemblance to actual events or people is entirely purposeful.

  • Bronx Biannual

    Bronx Biannual

    Sheila Scoville is dazzled by the range of subjects and themes in the first issue of a new “journal of urbane urban literature.” Step to this.

  • The Boy Detective Fails

    The Boy Detective Fails

    A recent novel by Joe Meno adds child detective to the “Where Are They Now?” file, and Scott Adams is in the market for a new moustache.

  • Fictional History of the United States With Huge Chunks Missing

    Fictional History of the United States With Huge Chunks Missing

    Akashic offers up a new (and fictional) taste of history, but don’t go throwing out those old textbooks yet. A Fictional History of the United States With Huge Chunks Missing teaches Brittany Sturges that perhaps we should applaud our monotone high school teachers for not trying to amuse us.

  • Born on the Fourth of July

    Born on the Fourth of July

    Perhaps the most tragic part about our wars du jour is their mind-numbing reiteration of the same old costly lessons. A new edition of Ron Kovic’s Born on the Fourth of July pulls Tom “Tearaway” Schulte down the Jacob’s ladder of war’s human impact . . . again.

  • Iron Balloons

    Iron Balloons

    Can’t get away for that foreign vacation this summer? Pick up a book by an author from another land. Bob Pomeroy tours the Caribbean with the authors from Jamaica’s Calabash Writer’s Workshop.

  • A Defense of the Constitutions of Government of the United State

    A Defense of the Constitutions of Government of the United State

    Excerpts of Adams’ writings about government and its contract with the populace tickle Carl F Gauze’s fancy this time around.

  • The Jefferson Bible

    The Jefferson Bible

    Our Thrid President re-writes the Bible, removing all the miracles and mysticism. Carl F. Gauze is left distinctly unmoved.

  • George Washington’s Rules of Civility

    George Washington’s Rules of Civility

    A reprint of a young George Washington’s school exercise on deprtment and class behavior, with introduction by Adam Haslett. Carl F. Gauze curtsies demurely and folds his hands.

  • Migra Mouse

    Migra Mouse

    Can editorial cartoons from a culturally clashed southwestern Latino register with Carl F Gauze , caucasian Floridian? Apparently, yes.

  • Firewater

    A Native American president! Fart jokes! Midget rentacops! Carl F Gauze takes a deep slug from this unhealthy bottle of urban surrealism and wonders if he’ll live to regret it.

  • Victims

    A woman and her son find solace in an apocalyptic cult… not necessarily light summer reading, but Carl F Gauze seems to have enjoyed it.

  • Devil’s Midnight

    Love and death and Satanism play out against the bloody background of the Russian Revolution, and Carl F Gauze was there.

  • Bandits and Bibles

    Carl F Gauze delves into the past with this interesting collection of writing by prisoners from the 19th century.

  • The Weeping Buddha

    Carl F. Gauze doesn’t need CSI, he’s got Heather Dune Macadam’s The Weeping Buddha, a tightly written muder mystery revolving around modern forensic science and traditional police leg work.

  • It’s a Free Country

    Danny Goldberg, Victor Goldberg, and Robert Greenwald reserve their spots on John Ashcoft’s hit list by editing It’s a Free Country a collection of essays on post-9/11 America. Carl F. Gauze risks inclusion with a review.

  • High Life

    If you thought Raymond Chandler was hard-boiled, you’re in for quite a shock from the gritty reality of Matthew Stokoe’s gripping new book, High Life. Ian Koss needed a shower after writing this review.

  • The Eye of Cybele

    Sex, political intrigue, and… ancient Greece? Carl F. Gauze explains why Daniel Chavarria’s The Eye of Cybele is perfect summer reading.

  • Rhythm And Business

    Editor Norman Kelly takes a hard look at this business of black music in Rhythm And Business, a series of essays on the economic place of blacks in the music industry. Carl F. Gauze does the math.

  • Falun Gong’s Challenge to China

    What does the Chinese government fear from the exercise/philosophic movement of Falun Gong? Danny Schechter explores the subject in his new book, Falun Gong’s Challenge to China. James Mann takes an in-depth look.

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