Dec 16, 2009 Books Web Exclusive

By now The Simpsons is among the most predictable institutions in America. Not in the sense that the show is boring or unsurprisingthough many will argue that it isbut predictable in that, after two decades, it's still on the air every with new episodes Sunday night at eight o'clock. Like baseball or The Ramones, The Simpsons has come to be synonymous with America. More

Chuck Klosterman

Eating the Dinosaur

Published by Simon & Schuster

Dec 07, 2009 Books Web Exclusive

After a collection of previously-published essays and taking an ill-advised stab at fiction, Chuck Klosterman's latest offering gets back to what he does best, but it all feels a little too familiar. In Eating the Dinosaur, Klosterman once again takes the position of all-encompassing cultural commentator, riffing on Abba, Garth Brooks, Kurt Cobain and David Koresh, time travel and more. Composed of a collection of unrelated essays, Dinosaur ostensibly replicates 2002's Sex Drugs & Cocoa Puffs, inexplicably Kosterman's best-selling title to date More

Nick Hornby

Juliet, Naked

Published by Riverhead

Oct 23, 2009 Books Web Exclusive

A decade and a half after making a name for himself with High Fidelity, Nick Hornby has at last written a novel that, while not topping his debut, comes closer to the mark than any of his more recent output. Julet, Naked centers once again on the nature of male musical obsession. More

Oct 16, 2009 Books Web Exclusive

Fables is the very popular comic book series from DC/Vertigo that reimagines imaginary figures as castaways from their faerie lands, living in the real world among us mundane, or "mundy" types. Most of your favorites, such as Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Prince Charming, Blue Beard, the Big Bad Wolf, and many more have appeared in the long-running comic. More

Lauren Dukoff


Published by Chronicle

Oct 15, 2009 Books Web Exclusive

Photo books of musicians or music scenes are tricky business. Too often, these tomes come across as either lifeless documents of some alien world to which the reader has no relatable context, or they function as vaguely voyeuristic glimpses into the lives of those who are lauded as heroes. The pictures of Lauren Dukoff's Family, however, attempt something greater in scope than simple documentation of moments in time. More

Sep 16, 2009 Books Web Exclusive

Ever have the urge to color birds in Devendra Banhart's beard? Create hairstyles for the members of Rilo Kiley? Illustrate alternate cover art for The Dears' Missiles? Well, now you can. The Indie Rock Coloring Book is a whimsically interactive way to experience your favorite indie rock artists, compiled by the Montréal-based nonprofit organization Yellow Bird Project. More

Aug 14, 2009 Books Web Exclusive

With the 40th anniversary of the Woodstock Music and Arts Fair taking place this August, there has been a rash of books, music, and video released to celebrate the event. The Road to Woodstock is a detailed account of the festival from the man who organized it. More

Jul 27, 2009 Books Web Exclusive

Was Superman a Spy? is a novelty book based on a weekly blog/column called "Comic Book Urban Legends Revealed" that appears over at Comic Book Resources every Friday morning. More

Jul 21, 2009 Books Web Exclusive

Robert Dean Lurie may be The Church's biggest fan, and he approaches the task of documenting the band's history from this admittedly biased perspective. Still, No Certainty Attached is a satisfying and informative read filled with more objective fact than subjective feeling. Lurie's writing is filled with anecdotes. The narrative is paced well, balancing the band's early history with its "Under the Milky Way"-era stardom, Kilbey's history with heroin abuse, and The Church's final artistic redemption. More