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Der Blindensturz (Fiction, Poetry & Drama) (German
That's the title in English of the excellent translation by Christopher Middleton of this novella by Gert Hofmann, a German writer born in 1931. Gert is the father of the poet and translator Michael Hofmann, …
reviewed Injinji Tetrasok Nuwool Outdoor Serie.... August 13, 2010
Injinji Tetrasok Nuwool Outdoor Series Crew Toesox
... you'll save the price of these socks in a week of hiking or backpacking, just in the cost of moleskin and assorted blister pads! Your feet will also be more comfortable during and after the hike than …
reviewed Silvius Leopold Weiss: Concerto for T.... August 13, 2010
posted in Music Matters
Silvius Leopold Weiss: Concerto for Two Lutes;
The music of Silvius Weiss will be a glorious discovery for YOU if this is the first you hear of him, but my review title refers to the discovery of a manuscript, from the family library of a castle in …
We Love Glenda So Much and A Chance of Light
This paperback combines two disparate sorts of writing by the Argentine exile-to-France Julio Cortázar, one of the most interesting writers ever to emerge from South America. The first portion of the …
Short Stories (Dover Thrift Editions)
... and possibly re-read one of Theodore Dreiser's novels, probably "The Financier" or "The Titan", his exposés of the shaky ethical mentality of the American Self-Made Man. The stimulus for doing so …
reviewed Schubert: Impromptus Op. 142, Sonata .... August 12, 2010
posted in Music Matters
Schubert: Impromptus Op. 142, Sonata D894
The "Hammerklavier" of Haydn's and Beethoven's era was essentially a harpsichord with zither mallets instead of plectra, a 'hammer harpsichord' in basic shape and stringing. The hammers were wood covered …
reviewed The Lazarus Project. August 12, 2010
The Lazarus Project
"Nothing at all depends on you seeing it or not seeing it."  Oh yeah! Take that, epistemologists! That line is part of a harangue from the inveterate self-mythologizer Rora to the obsessive …
reviewed Adaptation (movie). August 11, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Adaptation (Superbit Collection) (2003)
... why I don't hate this film! It's pretentious, meandering, self-indulgent, self-referential -- everything that typifies post-modernist literature -- and plot-driven without a plot. But hate it I don't. …
reviewed Imperium. August 09, 2010
.... or is it the Impressionist as Historian? With Ryzsard Kapuscinski, the two modes are inseparably fused. One senses his painterly involvement in every factual account, but then one detects his historian's …
In the Cage and The Beast in the Jungle
Not this book, that's for sure! The cover shows a young man dressed for violent adventure, perhaps for a battle for survival against a literal beast in a cage or a jungle. It has amusingly absolutely …
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