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The Magical Adventures of a Single Life
That was the social experiment Kristen McGuiness—single, living in LA, and entering her thirties newly sober—embarked upon. McGuiness thought facing her struggle with alcoholism would be the hardest part, with love coming easily afterwards. It didn’t. Rethinking her previous dating strategy—have a one-night stand with one of her friends and...
9/11: The Simple Facts
Why the Official Story Can’t Possibly Be True
Arthur Naiman with Gregg Roberts & AE911 Truth for WTC Technical Assistance
Books on 9/11 tend to get dismissed as “conspiracy theories” but that won’t work with this one, because it contains no theories at all about who did what. It simply focuses on flaws in the official version of events.
It begins by listing fourteen clearly...
A Good War Is Hard to Find
The Art of Violence in America
In the wake of the abuse of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib, American leaders from different fields, politics, journalism, law, psychiatry struggled to understand what happened in the notorious prison, and why. In this astonishingly elegant and passionate series of essays, David Griffth contends that our society’s shift from language to...
Advanced Elvis Course
CAConrad’s unabating love for the King has put him on a pilgrimage to Memphis on an advanced ELVIS course. These bizarre, multi-faceted vignettes, conversations, and poems are an homage bursting with love, oddball white trash, and twisted sincerity. While he eats fried peanut butter banana sandwiches and chats up the locals, Conrad also imagines diverse and surreal scenarios about...
Here is the complete inside story on the making of Psycho
, the forerunner of all psychothrillers. Rebello takes us behind the scenes at the creation of one of cinema’s boldest and most influential films. From Hitchcock’s private files and from new in-depth interviews with the stars, writers, and technical crew we get a unique and unparalleled view of the master at work.
Criticism, Essays and Obituaries
All Ears collects this important novelist’s lesser-known work as a journalist and essayist, and several new previously unpublished pieces. As a journalist, he is solid and well-formed. He has an approachable informality, unawed by massive celebrity. His straightforward interviews with Leonardo DiCaprio, Courtney Love, Keanu Reeves, and Bob Mould disarm...
All My Bones Shake
Robert Jensen, a life-long activist fighting for women’s rights, racial equality, and global justice, reveals with this book the emotional journey that brought him back to the church after an entire adulthood of religious indifference. Our world is perched on the verge of chaos, he warns. As political, economic, cultural, and ecological crises peak, the decisions we make are...
With the deceptively simple use of line of Matt Groening or James Thurber, the deft and elegant use of color of Chris Ware or Hergé, the cinematographic eye of Eric Drooker, and the combined sense of dark humor and nostalgic sadness of Edward Gorey, Brown has created a sparse and engrossing novella that stands beautifully, beckoningly outside of any of the established forms or conventions of...
America’s Mayor, American’s President?
The Strange Career of Rudy Giuliani
Edited by Robert Polner with a Preface by Jimmy Breslin
Rudy Giuliani’s admirably flinty response to the horrifying events of 9-11 has made him a national hero, positioning him for his ultimate quest, the White House. But the outpouring of praise for his performance after Sept 11, 2001 has obscured many uncomfortable facts about...
America: A Prophecy
Sparrow, Edited by Marcus Boon
America: A Prophecy is the long awaited collection from the writer Robert Christgau called, “one of the funniest men in Manhattan.” From a hilarious spiritual guide to New York City–written after Sparrow tried meditating at a dozen high-traffic landmarks–to the scientific and religious significance of the sky, Sparrow’s unique blend of...
At the age of 32, after ten years of hiding from the truth, Emma Woolf finally decided it was time to face the biggest challenge of her life.
As the 1960s presented social upheaval and the Sexual Revolution, Cohen Greene found herself drawn to alternative sexual paths, and ultimately achieved a rich and rewarding career as a surrogate partner. An Intimate Life
offers a candid look into the personal and professional life of a surrogate partner, examining the cultural and emotional ramifications of pursuing something most people do not immediately understand.
Apocalypse Jukebox: The End of the World in American Popular Music
Edward Whitelock and David Janssen
For a cultural movement that has no definite beginning, the sense of an ending is never very far below the surface of rock and roll music and lyrics. American popular music—from its earliest hymnals, through its growing commercial presentations via minstrelsy and vaudeville, through the explosion of technology...
Appetite for Self-Destruction: The Spectacular Crash of the Record Industry in the Digital Age
For the first time, Appetite for Self-Destruction recounts the epic story of the precipitous rise and fall of the modern recording industry, from an author who has been writing about it for more than ten years. With unparalleled access to those intimately involved in the music world’s highs and...
In the end, the greatest challenge of digital living will be to manage the relationship we have with our own selves, as even that most intimate and nebulous connection is more and more mediated by digital technology.