May 23, 2006 |
SUFFERIN' saurians of Saturn!!! Can reading still be just plain fun? The way it was when judging a book (or a comic or a pulp magazine) by its cover (square-jawed hero in the grip of revolting Thing blazing away with his fearsomely foreshortened Antimatter Gun) was the rule to follow? The virulent science-fiction and fantasy bug seems to infect most reader-kids somewhere around age 12.
March 5, 2006 |
FRANCOIS TRUFFAUT reckoned that no little boy ever wanted to grow up to be a movie critic. Graham Greene said he arrived at the idea of becoming one only after an unwise third martini.
October 22, 2005 |
If Sox vs. 'Stros in the World Series that starts today doesn't exactly get your tobacco juices flowing, the Shout! Factory record label has just released a national pastime-packed set of four CDs that should ease that case of baseball withdrawal. Just one of the discs in "The Great American Baseball Box" ($59.
October 21, 2005 |
Lovely Umayam's hands punch the air for emphasis and her waist-length black hair sways rhythmically as she reads from her favorite poem like a practiced beat poet. A small crowd gathers around the outdoor stage where she recites, and fans hoot and whistle when she finishes. Umayam flashes a broad smile and hops down, melting into a clutch of admirers who fuss over her poem about growing up American with Filipino parents.
October 16, 2005 |
THE world of children's literature spans centuries, civilizations and alternate realities. Anchored by "Cinderella" at one end and "Heather Has Two Mommies" at the other, it is a world populated with stories for the very young, such as "The Adventures of Peter Rabbit" and "Winnie-the-Pooh," as well as tales for the older set by Rudyard Kipling, J.K. Rowling, C.S. Lewis and others.
May 29, 2005 |
Gary PHILLIPS and Jervey Tervalon were shooting nothing more potent than the breeze when they hit on a notion. The writers had found themselves sitting on yet another panel, sorting through urban Los Angeles' all-too-familiar miasma of troubles -- gangs, drugs, joblessness and a very particular mounting rage that can eventually explode into riot.
April 15, 2005 |
An Anthology of Basque Short Stories Basque Literature Series Edited by Mari Jose Olaziregi University of Nevada Press: 222 pp., $19.95 * LITERATURE often flourishes like certain kinds of plants, between the cracks in walls that gardeners have forgotten to tend. It can spring from the oppressed, impoverished, ignored.