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reviewed The Smarter Science of Slim: What the.... February 11, 2012
The Smarter Science of Slim-Scientific Proof. Fat Loss Facts
I have a problem with chorizo. A problem in the junkie, I-get-it-on-all-my-burritos-because-I-can’t-get-enough sense. And food in general; like most Chicagoans, I love me some deep dish pizza, and …
reviewed Through the Darkened Window. May 18, 2010
Through the Darkened Window
Through the Darkened Window is a great album, a wonderful piece of work from a singer/songwriter who hopefully has a lot more in store for us. This is music after my own melancholy heart: aching and beautiful, …
reviewed High Violet. April 25, 2010
High Violet
High Violet finds The National at a high point, poised to either find their way at last into the hearts and minds and stereos of Middle America, or to fall back—either into hipster obscurity in …
reviewed What I Talk About When I Talk About R.... April 17, 2010
What I Talk About When I Talk About Running
I hate to say it, but this is probably the worst thing I've read by Murakami.       On paper--or rather, on the back of the paperback--it sounded like a sure thing; I'm a writer, and …
reviewed xx (album). March 06, 2010
The xx
I fell for this album at first listen. I didn’t even have to listen all the way through; I was hooked by the first spare atmospheric guitar pluckings on the unfortunately-titled “Intro.” …
reviewed Raw Power. February 21, 2010
Raw Power
   Kurt Cobain consistently called this the best hard rock album of all time. I’m starting to suspect he was right. Raw Power is not simply a great album, or even a classic piece of hard …
reviewed Valentine's Day (movie). February 17, 2010
Valentine's Day
This soulless slick piece of sickly-sweet cinematic candy somehow manages to embody everything that’s wrong with Hollywood, and America. Like the average American boob, it is a bloated corn-fed …
reviewed The Drinker. January 27, 2010
The Drinker
Riveting and devastating, The Drinker chronicles one man’s rapid descent from the heights—or at least the comfortable ledges—of middle-class respectability, down to the depths of alcoholic …
reviewed Facebook. November 08, 2009
Logo
I realized very shortly after setting up my facebook account that I’d gotten myself into deep trouble. It was September, a little over a year ago. I found my thoughts racing, and usually heading …
reviewed Bryter Later. September 20, 2009
Bryter Later
   People love to talk about their proverbial perfect desert-island albums. Quality-wise, Nick Drake’s Bryter Later could easily be on my list, but that description doesn’t sound …
reviewed Metamucil. September 15, 2009
Metamucil
I’ve recently started taking Metamucil, at the ripe old age of 31. I’m hoping to take it for the rest of my life. Jerry Seinfeld once said that, “Since men can’t have babies, they’re …
reviewed Crossfit. July 22, 2009
Crossfit
Crossfit is not like most fitness programs. It’s more like a cult.   A friend in the military—one of the few who is not yet drinking the Kool-Aid on a daily basis, it seems!!—described …
reviewed Alligator (album). July 09, 2009
Alligator (album)
"I need some meaning I can memorize," Bright Eyes' Conor Oberst once sang. It was a great lyric about a universal need--the need to not just find meaning in this complicated world, but to reduce …
reviewed Late for the Sky. July 08, 2009
Jackson Browne Late for the sky
I don't remember the 70s. Not for the reasons people usually cite--no, I was busy being conceived and born.       But I can relate to a lot of it, particularly the whole early-70s-Southern-California- …
reviewed Souvlaki (album). July 02, 2009
Souvlaki
I love everything about this album. Everything, that is, but the name.   “Souvlaki” conjures images of restaurants with menus high above the counter and backlit with harsh fluorescent …
reviewed Untrue. June 30, 2009
Untrue
Remember back in 1997 when techno and dance was supposed to be the music of the future? Remember that?       Journalists raved, but the public yawned. There were some great techno …
reviewed Excellent Cadavers (book). June 27, 2009
Excellent Cadavers
Excellent Cadavers is probably the best mob story you've never heard.       Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino, two heroic Italian prosecutors, mounted an extraordinary legal campaign …
Kinks
The Who’s Pete Townsend once said that Ray Davies of the Kinks should be a poet laureate of England. Strong words of praise, but The Kinks are the Village Green Preservation Society is strong …
reviewed Boxer (album). June 24, 2009
The National Boxer
I wasn't sure I liked this album when I first got it in 2007; in truth, I think I wasn't ready for it. Since their 2001 debut, The National have become one of the most compelling bands in indie rock. …
reviewed The Brothers Karamazov (book). June 24, 2009
The Brothers Karamazov
"The Brothers Karamazov" nearly falls victim to its best chapter.      Not that it fails, by any stretch of the imagination; the novel is a true tour de force, 960 pages of literary …
reviewed The LG Incite vs. the Samsung Eternity. June 23, 2009
I've learned, and forgotten, and re-learned three important lessons lately:    1) Never buy a big-ticket item without doing a little research first, and    2) Never …
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