The Kinks: Songs of the Semi-Detached (Reverb/Reaktion) 

Just when you think most everything that could be written about (or by) The Kinks has been published, along comes a wonderful assessment about the band and the city it has always called ... Continue Reading →

 London, Reign Over Me: How England’s Capital Built Classic Rock 

London, Reign Over Me: How England’s Capital Built Classic Rock [Rowman & Littlefield, February 2020] by Stephen Tow I wasn’t alone in thinking that nearly everything pouring ... Continue Reading →

The wicked FX twist on ‘A Christmas Carol’ with Guy Pearce as Scrooge

A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens’ classic Christmas ghost story, becomes a shockingly twisted tale that can scare the “humbug” out of you thanks to Guy Pearce starring as a ... Continue Reading →

Two Wonderful Books About Music: “Music A Subversive History” and “Pop Science”

I have read back to back two marvelous books about music. One is serious, one is a parody and both are delightful. “Music – A Subversive History” by Ted Gioiais a solid, erudite ... Continue Reading →

The Last Leonardo, by Ben Lewis

The plural in the subtitle tells it all: “The Secret Lives of the World’s Most Expensive Painting.” Lewis has pulled off a relatively impossible feat, he has published a riveting ... Continue Reading →

Life of David Hockney – A Novel 

Catherine Cusset translated from the French by Teresa Lavender Fagan Life of David Hockney – A Novel (Other Press)   What a breezy delight this book is. Piecing together ... Continue Reading →

Farsighted: How We Make the Decisions That Matter the Most, by Steven Johnson (Riverhead Books)

Steven Johnson has written a trove of amazing and thought-provoking books. I first picked up one of his books to learn why Everything Bad is Good For You. I have been reading his subsequent ... Continue Reading →

Zucked: Waking Up to the Facebook Catastrophe

When I received this book to review last summer, I was stunned at how prescient the premise is; for months thereafter the news became filled with reports of Facebook’s faults. I was ... Continue Reading →