Jul 14, 2009 Books Web Exclusive

Secret Identity Crisis is an interesting meditation on sequential art as a reflection of, and sometimes commentary on, society. Costello, a Professor of Political Science at Chicago's Saint Xavier University, chooses to juxtapose the growth of the comic industry with the sticky concept of the so-called American "national identity," by using the ongoing stories of some of Marvel's biggest names as a giant funhouse mirror to warp and shine light on current events and attitudes. More

Jul 01, 2009 Books

Robert Greenfield’s A Day in the Life chronicles the rise and fall of two lovers so engrossed in various self-serving pursuits that they often bordered on sheer subversion.  Susan “Puss” Coriat and Tommy Weber spent their early lives sheltered by wealthy families with the good grace of beauty to carry them well beyond their means. By the late ’60s, their indulgence in drugs and living on the edge day-to-day shifted them into a world of oblivion and reckless abandon, which led to Puss’ suicide in 1971. More

Barney Hoskyns

Lowside of the Road

Published by Broadway

Jun 22, 2009 Books Issue #26 Spring 2009 - Bat For Lashes

In what may be one of the most thoughtfully written and insightful accounts on the life of Tom Waits, Lowside of the Road meticulously explores one of America's most phenomenal music icons. Throughout the book, we learn how Waits shaped and evolved his singular persona as well as what artistic influences and colorful personalities surrounded him in key moments of his incredibly prolific career. More

Apr 25, 2009 Books Web Exclusive

Back in 2004, Tom Davis was watching Jeopardy! when the board revealed a curious clue: “He was the comedy partner of Al Franken.” More

Nov 01, 2008 Books Year End 2008 - Best of 2008

David Wild doesn’t do a whole lot of worrying, but does a whole ton of loving in this celebration of Neil Diamond’s life and work. More

Nov 01, 2008 Books Year End 2008 - Best of 2008

Veteran music critic Dave Thompson’s angry little book is a sometimes mystifying, often hilarious journey through “rock’n’roll…not rock AND roll…or rock & roll” from the late ’60s to the mid-’70s. More

Nov 01, 2008 Books Year End 2008 - Best of 2008

For many ’90s music fans, Blind Melon represented much more than just “No Rain” and the Bee Girl that propelled the band to fame. More

Nov 01, 2008 Books Year End 2008 - Best of 2008

From its shoestring beginnings as an online zine riddled by runaway word counts and ostentatious, themed reviews, Pitchfork Media has emerged as arguably the preeminent music criticism source of its time while fashioning itself into a multimedia powerhouse, with an empire that includes a major music festival, an online TV station, and now a book, The Pitchfork 500, a hefty slab of text in the same vein of Rolling Stone’s many bathroom readers. More

Nov 01, 2008 Books Year End 2008 - Best of 2008

Sleevefacing is where a person covers a part of his or her body with a record album cover, creating a larger picture beyond what the album art portrays. More