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Townes Van Zandt: 'Music, Genius, and Rage'

None The line on Townes Van Zandt has been consistent since even the early days of his career: a master songwriter and gifted guitarist with a haunted streak that was often more self-destructive than helpful. A man with few memories of his own childhood due to electroshock treatments, Van Zandt was nevertheless able to write characters with no shortage of backstory and authenticity. To many, he stands as a gone-too-soon enigma, possessed of a talent that seemed to burn away at him as much as hi...
Tags: Feature, Music, Texas, Country, America, Book Review, Northern Ireland, Willie Nelson, Poppy, Biography, Blues, Vietnam, Folk, Tomato, Townes Van Zandt, Guy

Fracturing to Survive in Tanya Tagaq's 'Split Tooth'

None In his treatise Why Indigenous Literatures Matter (2018), Daniel Heath Justice (Cherokee) argues that literature is part of a larger struggle across our cultural practices, social formations, and our very selves, to "understand and articulate our humanity." Literature tells stories about people, and indigenous literatures matter because they tell stories about what it means to be indigenous—in a world of one's own people, in a world of settler peoples, in a world with other beings who may ...
Tags: Music, Justice, Review, Fiction, Americas, Book Review, Fox, Canada, Arctic, Colonialism, Pacific Northwest, Adolescence, Cherokee, Tanya Tagaq, Jaime Hernandez, Viking Books

Michael Cho's 'Shoplifter' Showcases What He Does Best

Michael Cho intended Shoplifter, his first graphic novel, as the first in a series of linked stories. It's been several years since its publication, and though Cho's career is booming (his blog includes his recent covers for Action Comics and Batwoman), I hope he will eventually return to this non-superhero project because it features such a complex but subtle use of the graphic form to express its protagonist's inner landscapes.Corinna is a frustrated, 20-something employee of a New York ad age...
Tags: Music, New York, Review, Toronto, Book Review, Manga, Corina, Cho, Corinna, Graphic Novel, Shoplifter, Comics Alliance, Corrine, Michael Cho, Pantheon graphic library

Review: The Vanishing Throne by Elizabeth May

The Vanishing Throne by Elizabeth May is the follow up to the first book in her Scottish steampunk faerie series, The Falconer. Since I adored The Falconer so much, I went into this one with high hopes for another amazing and heart-pounding action adventures. It did NOT disappoint! In fact, I feel thoroughly exhausted right now … Continue reading Review: The Vanishing Throne by Elizabeth May The post Review: The Vanishing Throne by Elizabeth May appeared first on The Boomerang Books Blog.
Tags: Books, Fantasy, Book Reviews, Book Review, Steampunk, Young Adult, Elizabeth May, Book Reviews - Childrens and Young Adult, Cait Drews, Elizabeth May The

'Aquinas and the Market' and the Possibility of a "Truly Humane Economic System"

Rational value dominates our moral as well as our economic decisions today. What began as a theory examining financial data by mathematical applications turns into the contemporary default system by which goods are measured and value ascribed. While theologians along with many humanists have challenged this paradigm, very few have the acumen to analyze markets and to interpret financial data. Economist and theologian Mary L. Hirschfeld pioneers an informed investigation into the relationship bet...
Tags: Business, Music, Review, Religion, Book Review, Economics, Harvard, Capitalism, Pope Francis, Philosophy, Notre Dame, Wells Fargo, Aristotle, Simon, Villanova University, Hirschfeld

Review—About Design: Insights and Provocations for Graphic Design Enthusiasts

I often talk about the importance of context and how it helps set the tone for everything that follows. It also helps you integrate new understanding of specific details into a greater whole. When I approach a new subject, I like to start with a general overview in order to provide context for the rest of my learning. This method of study helps me see new material through an established perspective and it helps me form a point of view about the subject. A potential downside of setting a co...
Tags: Amazon, Design, Web Design, Book Review, United States, University of the Arts, Michael Beirut, University of Cincinnati s College, Katherine McCoy, Gordon Salchow, Michael Beirut Acknowledgements Preface, Philadelphia College

'Room to Dream', in which David Lynch Has a Conversation with His Own Biography

Always keen to do things his own way, filmmaker David Lynch presents Room to Dream as "a person having a conversation with his own biography." Chapters of conventional biography, written by journalist Kristine McKenna, alternate with chapters of reflections by Lynch himself. This structure promises a deconstruction of a conventional biography, but this unconventional choice does little to advance the narrative. For one reason, any inconsistencies Lynch notes with McKenna's work are small. For ex...
Tags: Music, Hollywood, Review, Book Review, Filmmaking, Philadelphia, David Lynch, Autobiography, Midwest, Lynch, BOISE Idaho, McKenna, Chris Rodley, Kristine McKenna, Room To Dream, Lynch Faber Faber

'Protest Kitchen' Is Often, Like Our Politics, Unsettling

None "We live in an unsettled time in politics." "It's easy to feel overwhelmed." It's hard to argue either statement and perhaps that is why Carol J. Adams and Virginia Messina open their book Protest Kitchen: Fight Injustice, Save the Planet, and Fuel Your Resistance One Meal at a Time with these lines. And while Adams and Messina would definitely agree that donating to Planned Parenthood, voting, or volunteering at a local animal shelter are excellent ways of bringing about positive chang...
Tags: Music, Politics, Review, Book Review, Animal Welfare, Veganism, Resistance, Adams, Messina, Protest kitchen, Carol J Adams, Virginia messina, Conari press, L Orange Drain the Swamp Kitchen Cabinet Compote, Wall Taco Salad Bowl

Geoengineering could solve our climate problems if anyone allowed it

This weekend, I finished reading Oliver Morton’s The Planet Remade (thanks to reader Eliot Peper for recommending it). Morton has a multitude of goals with the book, but there were two I think are deeply valuable. First, geoengineering is a plausible approach to solving our climate problems this century, and second, engineering the climate generates tough policy challenges, but also opportunities to make the planet more equitable. TechCrunch is experimenting with new content forms. This is a rou...
Tags: Asia, Europe, Hollywood, Science, California, Government, China, Wordpress, Book Review, Tech, Policy, Beijing, West, Nato, Poland, Silicon Valley

Review: Girls Of Paper And Fire by Natasha Ngan

Girls of Paper And Fire by Natasha Ngan is a brutal and harrowing story, mixed with gorgeous writing and a lush setting and a heroine you can’t help but adore. It’s a dark premise, but it’s handled so well, and it’s also important to discuss. And how amazing it is to see YA shelves being filled with more … Continue reading Review: Girls Of Paper And Fire by Natasha Ngan The post Review: Girls Of Paper And Fire by Natasha Ngan appeared first on The Boomerang Books Blog.
Tags: Books, Fantasy, Book Reviews, Book Review, Young Adult, Book Reviews - Childrens and Young Adult, Cait Drews, High Fantasy, Natasha Ngan

'Vita Nostra' Is a Tantalizing Fantasy That Forces Us to Question Our Own Humanity

Julia Meitov Hersey, translator of Vita Nostra, describes her effort as a work of love, undertaken so that other English language readers will be able to enjoy the delights the Russian-language book first brought her. The book has been described as an "anti-Harry Potter novel", and insofar as it offers a darker, more mysterious and philosophical version of the 'magical recruit' trope, this is true. But it's far and away a very different beast from J. K. Rowling's celebrated series.The story foll...
Tags: Music, Review, Fiction, Fantasy, Book Review, Harry Potter, Fairy Tale, Soviet Union, Rowling, Sasha, Sergey, Science-Fiction, Harper Voyager, Vita Nostra, Marina dyachenko, Sergey dyachenko

'The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle' Is a Stellar Mystery Yarn

None The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is Stuart Turton's debut novel, but one wouldn't know it's a debut, as it's incredibly polished and self-assured, and an utterly delightful yarn. When you learn that Turton is primarily a travel journalist, the ease and flow of the narrative make that much more sense. We open with an unnamed protagonist who has been shorn of his memories, stumbling in the woods around the mouldering English estate Blackheath sometime in the early 20th century, danger ...
Tags: Music, Review, Book Review, Aiden, Paris, Mystery, Agatha Christie, Turton, Hercule Poirot, Blackheath, Sourcebooks, Hardcastle, Stuart Turton, EVELYN HARDCASTLE, The 7 12 deaths of evelyn hardcastle

Nathan Gelgud's 'A House in the Jungle' Plays with Perception

None A recluse grows addictively hallucinatory pineapples in a jungle near a small but expanding town where he sells them through an organic supermarket in order to pay a guru to transport him to the world of his visions. While that plot may sound plenty odd, it only touches the surface oddity of Nathan Gelgud's graphic novel, A House in the Jungle. There are also inexplicable bags of garbage and then dead dogs that appear on the reclusive Daniel's property—which technically isn't his property,...
Tags: Comics, Music, Review, Book Review, House, Daniel, Daniels, Koyama Press, Nathan Gelgud, Nathan gelgus, A house in the jungle, Gelgud

'She Would Be King', an Afrofuturist Novel of Nation-Making in Liberia

None Few books are pleasantly surprising. Much as we might like to believe that, as readers, we do not prejudge books, all of us do. There are some books that friends or trusted reviewers recommend, which turn out to be as excellent as we'd expected, and others that we just get a feeling for, whether from the cover or the author's previous work or the book description, and that feeling ends up being justified—neither result is surprising. Still others, however, surprise us unpleasantly by disap...
Tags: Music, Review, Africa, Americas, Book Review, Atlantic, Liberia, Jamaica, Norman, Blacklivesmatter, Monrovia, Caribbean, Historical Fiction, Charlotte, Afrofuturism, Moore

'Fault Lines' Traces the Roots of Today’s Polarized America

None The question "How did we get here?" rests at the core of any many works of history. Kevin M. Kruse and Julian E. Zelizer's latest book is no exception. Yet in this case, the question is especially pressing. In Fault Lines: A History of the United States Since 1974, the scholars seek to explain how the country has become racked by such intense political polarization. Overall, their study showcases innovative approaches to the major—mostly domestic—events of the recent American past, while p...
Tags: Music, Politics, Review, Obama, Congress, Washington, America, San Francisco, Barack Obama, Book Review, History, Cnn, Gop, United States, Mtv, Fox News

'Best American Nonrequired Reading 2018'

None While the premise of the Best American Nonrequired Reading anthology has sometimes been suspect, its motivation and regular development has always been righteous. Started in 2002 by Dave Eggers (who stayed in the role of editor through the 12th edition in 2013) and developed through his national non-profit 826 Valencia (and eventually 826 National) literacy initiative, this collection of non-fiction, graphic narratives, and fiction is regularly selected by a group of students usually betwe...
Tags: Music, Review, Ray Bradbury, US, Book Review, Global Warming, Atlantic, United States, Harvey Weinstein, Dave Eggers, Woody Allen, Valencia, Chris, Margot, Jae, Roxane Gay

David Norris Masters the 30 k Skate Mass Start National Championship

The men’s podium from the 30 k skate mass start at U.S. Nationals in Craftsbury, VT. From left to right, Kyle Bratrud (SMS T2) second, David Norris (APU) first, and Scott Patterson (APU/USST) third. (Photo: John Lazenby) Link to mass start skate race photo gallery. Always a threat in the grinding and longer distance races, APU’s David Norris positioned himself as the primary disruptor in the men’s 30-kilometer freestyle mass start at the U.S. Cross-Country Ski National Championships in Craftsb...
Tags: News, Book Review, Sport, David, Canada, Racing, Skiing, Patterson, APU, David Brown, Scott Patterson, Norris, Craftsbury, David Scott, U S Ski Team, Pu

Review: A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi

A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi is just a brilliant story that is here to give you all the emotions. I didn’t expect less from the queen Tahereh Mafi, truly! She’s the author of the famous Shatter Me series and I also discovered her middle-grade magical books his year, Furthermore and Whichwhood. And … Continue reading Review: A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi The post Review: A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi appeared first on The Boomerang Books Blog.
Tags: Books, Book Review, Young Adult, Book Reviews - Childrens and Young Adult, Cait Drews, Tahereh Mafi, contemporary YA

Today I reviewed What If It’s Us, Wundersmith & Only Love...

Today I reviewed What If It’s Us, Wundersmith & Only Love Can Break Your Heart over on Pretty Books
Tags: Books, Review, Book Review, Adam Silvera, Becky Albertalli, Katherine Webber, Jessica Townsend

Gypsy Omnibus review

by RM RhodesDuring the late 1990s and early 2000s, Heavy Metal ran six stories by Thierry Smolderen and Enrico Marini. The first of these, titled The Gypsy Star, was an immediate hit and was followed by the rest of the series over almost the course of a decade.The art was the obvious draw of the story. Realistic, with an obvious manga influence, Marini could provide a cartoon flip to his line when it was necessary. The color scheme usually balanced a very orange red and a cool blue. The sequenti...
Tags: Europe, Science Fiction, Comics, Heavy Metal, Germany, Book Review, Dc, Mike, Arlington, France Germany, Mike Rhode, Dan Panosian, Thierry Smolderen, Marini, Oletheros, Enrico Marini

'The Best American Comics 2018' Beautifully Showcases the Diversity and Creativity of the Medium

"When it comes to art there is nothing more limiting than only valuing work that gives you more of what you already know you like." - Bill Kartalopoulos"Looking toward the blurry future, I'll bet that comics as a medium will influence our changing definitions of literature and film, and we will start to see hybrid forms develop. Cartoonists, as masters of both words and pictures, are likely to be amongst the innovators and authors of future forms of storytelling." - Phoebe GloecknerThe 13th ins...
Tags: Comics, Music, Review, Book Review, North America, Guy Delisle, Ferris, Phoebe Gloeckner, Fantagraphics, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Bill Kartalopoulos, Gloeckner, Emil Ferris, Geof Darrow, Gabrielle Bell, Best American Comics

'We’ve informed you': New York Times defends running Alice Walker's David Icke recommendation

After outrage, Book Review editor Pamela Paul says it would not edit authors’ answers and ‘the public deserves to know’ if they hold ‘dangerous or immoral beliefs’The editor of the New York Times Book Review has stressed that the paper does “not issue a verdict on people’s opinions” following the “outrage” that ensued after it ran an interview with Alice Walker, in which she recommended a book by an author who has been accused of antisemitism.Walker, the Pulitzer prize-winning author of The Colo...
Tags: Books, Book Review, US news, Culture, New York Times, Alice Walker, Walker, New York Times Book Review, David Icke, Icke, Antisemitism, Pamela Paul, Truth Shall Set You Free

Graphic Fiction 'Roaming Foliage' Digs into the Undergrowth

None It's difficult to describe the exceptional weirdness of Patrick Kyle's Roaming Foliage. For once, the adjective "unique" is accurate. I've literally never read anything like it. Explaining why that's such a wonderful thing -- not just for Kyle but for comics generally -- will take some explaining. First, consider the physical book. It's the height of a standard graphic novel (picture anything from Marvel, DC, Image, etc.), but it's oddly wider—which, for me, recalls the dimensions of a ch...
Tags: Art, Comics, Music, Review, Fantasy, Book Review, House, Calvin, Kyle, Hobbes, Koyama, Wile E Coyote, Koyama Press, Patrick Kyle, Graphic fiction, Nathan Gelgud

Review: The Brightsiders by Jen Wilde

The Brightsiders by Jen Wilde is a story about fame and misfortune, queer identities, and being true to yourself even when it’s terrifying. I really loved the author’s previous book, Queens of Geek, and how that one was an incredible geek-loving story featuring autistic and Australian characters from an Aussie author of our own! The … Continue reading Review: The Brightsiders by Jen Wilde The post Review: The Brightsiders by Jen Wilde appeared first on The Boomerang Books Blog.
Tags: Books, Book Reviews, Book Review, Young Adult, Book Reviews - Childrens and Young Adult, Cait Drews, Australian Author, ByAustralianBuyAustralian, Jen Wilde, contemporary YA

'Playing Changes' and the Enduring Strength of Jazz

It's unclear who coined the term, but somewhere along the line, someone referred to jazz as "America's Classical Music", and it stuck. Tweed-clad scholars took this quote and ran with it, treating jazz like a delicate Faberge egg, with little to no room for exploration beyond the exhilarating bebop of the Blue Note heyday of the '50s and '60s. In Ken Burns' worthwhile-yet-flawed multi-part PBS series on jazz, primary consultant Wynton Marsalis seems to insist on waving off the wild paths of diss...
Tags: Music, America, Book Review, Jazz, Faberge, Ken Burns, Esperanza Spalding, Kamasi Washington, Wynton Marsalis, Armstrong, Jason Moran, Marc Ribot, Village Vanguard, Halvorson, Boston s Institute of Contemporary Art, Nels Cline

The Next Ones: A Review

It’s no secret that the NHL is rapidly becoming a younger league. The best players are young, a trend that seems to only be continuing. Connor McDavid won the past two Art Ross Trophies at 20 and 21 years of age. This season, Mikko Rantanen leads the league with 52 points in 31 games as a 22-year-old. Patrik Laine, at 20, seems to get closer each season to surpassing veteran Alex Ovechkin as the league’s most lethal goal scorer. In his book The Next Ones: How McDavid, Matthews and a Group of You...
Tags: Amazon, Wikipedia, Book Review, Sport, Arizona, Hockey, NHL, Murray, Patrik Laine, Nicklas Backstrom, Alex Ovechkin, Connor McDavid, Matthews, Gaudreau, Ovechkin, Mikko Rantanen

Markus Zusak's 'Bridge of Clay' Respects a Young Person's Desire for Agency

None Bridge of Clay is the highly anticipated novel by celebrated Australian author Markus Zusak. After receiving global acclaim for 2006's The Book Thief, Zusak became an international bestselling author for young adult literature. Readers have waited 13 years for Bridge of Clay, finally released in the United States this October. The novel is a sprawling family saga depicting the lives of the five Dunbar brothers, living alone after their mother's death and their father's abandonment. Markete...
Tags: Music, Review, Fiction, Book Review, United States, Ya, Matthew, Michael, Clay, Penelope, Rory, Michelangelo, Dunbar, Mathew, Telemachus, Markus Zusak

Robert Christgau's 'Is It Still Good to Ya?'

Everyone who thinks and writes about pop music with a critical ear -- whether they produce 100-word blurbs or 3,000-word opuses, whether they write for established media brands or self-publish online, whether they're paid in all the promo copies they can stand or receive some amount of actual cash -- owes a debt to Robert Christgau. Much as Pauline Kael did for film, Christgau champions and popularizes the practice of taking rock 'n' roll seriously. Not as in "this is high art that's good for yo...
Tags: Facebook, Music, England, Review, Paul Simon, Book Review, Senegal, Village Voice, Richard Thompson, Voice, R Kelly, Steve Horowitz, Barnes, Fela Kuti, Cote, Greg Tate

'1,000 Books to Read Before You Die' Makes for a Pleasant Perusal

None The compulsion to make lists too often seems to take the place of experiences in real life. We compile lists as a way to justify that we have been there, seen that, read this, and by putting it to paper our testimony should serve as an example for others. Does it mean list compilers are experts? Does it mean that everything on these lists is immediately rendered sacrosanct by association? From the absolutism of the Ten Commandments to online year-end claims of the "10 Best" movies, songs, ...
Tags: Music, Usa, Review, Child Care, America, Barack Obama, Book Review, Elvis Presley, Charles Dickens, Joan Didion, William Shakespeare, Lists, Don DeLillo, Paul Auster, Walker Evans, Kingsley Amis

'Wasteland', or, How We Went From World War I to White Walkers

The Great War—now better known as World War I, before World War II forced historians to retcon the name—gave rise to fabled books and their film adaptations such as Ernest Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises (1926), Dalton Trumbo's Johnny Got His Gun (1938), and Erich Maria Remarque's All Quiet on the Western Front (1928), as well as the Lost Generation of American writers: F. Scott Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein, John Dos Passos, and many more. Yet readers will find very few references to them in Waste...
Tags: Europe, Books, Music, Hollywood, Film, Horror, Stephen King, Zombies, US, Book Review, History, Middle East, World War I, Manhattan, Jack, George Romero

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