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The Uncoupling

Meg Wolitzer, Riverhead

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 22, 2011
In Meg Wolitzer’s The Uncoupling, a suburban New Jersey town falls under a strange spell as the local high school prepares its stage adaptation of Lysistrata. The play is a centuries-old Aristophanes comedy in which women are called upon to withhold sex from their men in an effort to end the Peloponnesian War.  

God Says No (Review)

James Hannaham - McSweeney's

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 21, 2009
James Hannaham’s God Says No might be slightly more interesting if it were a work of nonfiction. The fact that it’s not — the fact that Hannaham enjoyed full creative authority in detailing his main character’s struggle with homosexuality — renders the book not merely irrelevant as social commentary but plain boring to boot.  

Pygmy (Review)

Chuck Palahniuk (Doubleday)

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Bidding farewell to this terror-stricken decade with the heady mix of jolting rage and deadpan human commentary that made 'Fight Club' an instant classic, Chuck Palahniuk's latest work of fiction tells the story of a bloodthirsty exchange student hell bent on bringing our flagwaving American infrastructure to its bloated knees.  

A World Without Paper

4 Comments · Wednesday, June 17, 2009
I’ve certainly made strides in my personal life to consume less and recycle more. But lately — in complete opposition to the elation I feel seeing gas-guzzling SUVs replaced by energy efficient cars — a strange sadness creeps into my heart when I think about a world without paper.   

Halfway There

1 Comments · Wednesday, May 20, 2009
I was half asleep on the couch the other night when something struck me: I’m the human equivalent of a soft-serve “twist” cone. I jumped slightly at this realization — nothing makes me sit bolt upright, mind you. I’m a twist cone: a safe mix of vanilla and chocolate.  

A Brief History of the Future (Review)

Jacques Attali - Arcade Publishing

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 22, 2009
The good news about Jacques Attali’s latest literary work is that in painting a startling and timely picture of humanity’s downward spiral, the author does not mince words or cop to his own smarts — that’s no small feat for a world-renowned economist, one that is especially impressive considering his counterparts’ failure to deliver even the broadest short-term fiscal projections without confounding CNN viewers on a nightly basis.   

The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death (Review)

Charlie Huston (Ballantine Books)

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Charlie Huston’s latest work of fiction is sort of like Hardcore music and movies that feature martial artists: It reeks of “dude.” Like other would-be noir writers, Huston can’t negotiate the fine line between the genre’s trademark kitsch and overt, meathead drama. The book follows Web Goodhue — a snarky former schoolteacher haunted by a past that’s rendered him traumatized and unemployed.  

Events: Matt Dolan Service Fund Gala

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 15, 2008
The American Sign Museum in Clifton is not usually counted amongst the Tri-state's most happenin' night spots, but on Saturday the much-loved museum, home to more than 150 vintage neon signs, will transform into the bustling streets of New York City — complete with international food vendors and live music—as the Matt Dolan Service Fund presents its annual gala event, this year entitled "A Night in the Big Apple." Attendees will enjoy live skits of Broadway plays acted out by local high school students, an art show, and a Jazz trio, as well as Rock music from fan favorites the Turnbull AC's, MOTH and Wake the Bear. 6 p.m.-1 a.m. $10.  

Mine All Mine (Review)

Adam Davies (Riverhead Trade)

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 20, 2008
True to style, Adam Davies (author of "The Frog Prince" and "Goodbye Lemon") has penned another masterfully precise depiction of the guy who can't win for losing. This time it's poor Otto Starks, whose life these days sadly resembles a "Choose Your Own Adventure" book gone dreadfully wrong.  

Music: The Moore You Know

An unsolicited demo lands Daniel Martin Moore on Sub Pop

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 16, 2008
If you're a faithful follower of Cincy-born music, then you have probably been perusing Sub Pop's Web site lately in the hopes that the Afghan Whigs have agreed to play the record label's jam-p