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First blood: A2 author's debut kills

By Travis R. Wright

Published: 9/15/2010

Types: Arts, Literature, Books

Writers like to write about writers. Sometimes when that happens, however, the work reads as if they're writing for writers. Considering the resounding "write that which you know" mantra, it's hard to blame them. But when the work doesn't cross over, and most fails for some reason or other...[MORE]

Hemingway's 'Last Good Country': Northern Michigan as he knew it

By John Cohassey

Published: 7/7/2010

Types: Arts, Literature, Books

It's great northern air. Absolutely the best trout fishing in the country. No exaggeration. Fine country. Good color, good northern atmosphere, absolute freedom, no summer resort stuff and lots of paintable stuff.  —Ernest Hemingway to his friend Jim Gamble, 1919 For Ernest Hemingway, nort...[MORE]

First lights: Papa Ernie's Mitten in pics and a local strip-bar revolutionary

By Metro Times book reviewers

Published: 7/7/2010

Types: Arts, Literature, Books

Picturing Hemingway's Michigan Michael R. Federspiel Wayne State University Press (Painted Turtle), $40, 200 pp. This past Fourth of July weekend, thousands of people from Chicago and its surrounding suburbs, such as Oak Park, holidayed at quaint bed-and-breakfast houses, new and rickety resorts,...[MORE]

Minstrelsy biopsy : Author Bill Harris on the great American scar

By Travis R. Wright

Published: 6/23/2010

Types: Arts, Literature, Books

"It's a bastard child who won't be invited to dinner anywhere," Bill Harris says of his latest work, Birth of a Notion (or The Half Ain't Never Been Told). He does so with a warm laugh, knowing too well there's no correct or clear shelf on which Notion belongs at the bookstore. But this bo...[MORE]

Lit up: Alice Walker in conversation and Herbert Muschamp in architecture

By Metro Times book reviewers

Published: 6/2/2010

Types: Arts, Literature, Books

The World Has Changed Conversations with Alice Walker Edited with an introduction by Rudolph P. Byrd The New Press, $25.95, 339 pp. Here we have an exceptionally unusual biography, if we can even call it that. A lineage of Alice Walker interviews conducted by a succession of writers from 1973 to...[MORE]

Idol thoughts: In his new book, John Waters writes about amateur pornographers, lesbian strippers, and Clarabell the Clown and reveals ... himself

By Andrea Appleton

Published: 5/26/2010

Types: Arts, Literature, Books

Leave it to John Waters to write what is perhaps the first loving, learned homage to outsider pornographers. In one chapter of his new memoir, Role Models (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $25, 320 pp.), Waters introduces Bobby Garcia, "the Almodóvar of Anuses, the Buñuel of Blow Jobs, ...[MORE]

Written on the mind and the body: John A. Rich argues that homicide statistics don’t tell the whole story when assessing urban violence

By Michael Corbin

Published: 2/3/2010

Types: Arts, Literature, Books

Wrong Place, Wrong Time: Trauma and Violence in the Lives of Young Black Men by John A. Rich Johns Hopkins University Press, $24.95, 232 pp. Tayvon pulls his shirt back down after showing me the scar that extends below his waistband to his groin and up to his sternum. About an inch wide, raised, ...[MORE]

The can can: A treasure trove of lavatory tomes for tiny attention spans

By Metro Times staff

Published: 1/27/2010

Types: Arts, Literature, Books

How Many Licks? (or, How to Estimate Damn Near Everything) by Aaron Santos, Ph.D. Running Press; 175 pp. In your entire life, how many times will you poop? And if you collected it all, how much would it weigh? Would it all fit in a train car? What about an Olympic-size swimming pool? I think abou...[MORE]

Winter of his discontent : Before On the Road, Jack Kerouac drank, wrote, loved and lost in Detroit

By John Cohassey

Published: 1/20/2010

Types: Arts, Literature, Books

In 1944 "a very strange screw of events began to turn," Jack Kerouac later reflected about the life-changing paths among rebellious writer friends. That year, Kerouac lived briefly with his first wife, Detroit-born Frankie Edie Parker. While in New York, Edie's network of friends helped to...[MORE]

Rockin' reads: MT's annual guide to the year's grooviest rock literature

By Bill Holdship

Published: 11/25/2009

Types: Arts, Literature, Books

Full disclosure: Two of the books I'm enthusiastically endorsing this year — Harvey Kubernik's Canyon of Dreams: The Magic & Music of Laurel Canyon (Sterling, $29.95) and Robert Hilburn's Cornflakes With John Lennon & Other Tales from a Rock 'N' Roll Life (Rodale, $24.99) — were ...[MORE]

Literary largesse: An index of titles worthy of a spot under the tree

By Metro Times book critics

Published: 11/25/2009

Types: Arts, Literature, Books

Real Life & Liars by Kristina Riggle Avon A-HarperCollins, $13.99, pp. 327 Playing off the opening line of Tolstoy's Anna Karenina — "All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way" — Grand Rapids-based Kristina Riggle sweeps readers into a...[MORE]

Hanging around the scene: An obsessed photographer, eye-candy for crate diggers and a thousand lyrics

By W. Kim Heron

Published: 11/25/2009

Types: Arts, Literature, Books

The Jazz Loft Project: Photographs and Tapes of W. Eugene Smith from 821 Sixth Avenue 1957-1965 by Sam Stephenson Alfred A. Knopf, $40, 270 pp.  Sounds like a novel plot, doesn't it? In the late '50s, a world-famous (and drug-addicted) photographer retreats to a Manhattan building at the artsy in...[MORE]

Detroit gets booked: A shortlist of this year’s fab Motor City reads

By Michael Jackman

Published: 11/25/2009

Types: Arts, Literature, Books

For a city that's shrinking, Detroit sure gets a lot of play on the bookshelves. From appealing photographic books to auto histories to poetry anthologies, there's plenty of paper to stuff a stocking with this year. Take Up the Rouge! (Wayne State, $34.95), for instance. Former Freep journo and act...[MORE]

Lit up: Area hate-crime murders that caused panic, and a coffee-table tome of shuttered insane asylums

By Travis R. Wright

Published: 11/4/2009

Types: Arts, Literature, Books

The Slasher Killings: A Canadian Sex Crime Panic, 1945-1946 by Patrick Brode Wayne State University Press $22.95, 232 pp. In the mid-1940s, Windsor, Ontario, was a freewheeling incubator of vice. Troops returning from the war were welcomed home with a bevy of booze, houses in which to play...[MORE]

Ramblin' Gamblin' Men : New coffee-table book traces the history of one of Michigan's favorite rock 'n' roll sons

By Bill Holdship

Published: 10/21/2009

Types: Arts, Literature, Books

Local photographer Thomas Weschler — who officially served as Bob Seger's road manager from 1969 through 1973 — had unlimited access to Seger and his camp for several decades, both during and after his official managerial duties. In other words, Weschler was there, almost like a fly on t...[MORE]

True value: This Crawford guy says get off your ass

By Travis R. Wright

Published: 10/14/2009

Types: Arts, Literature, Books

When was the last time you met a kid in middle or high school who was actually in shop class? I can't remember, and I have a 16-year-old sister. Information technology is at the forefront of American education, but those jobs are mostly sent overseas, so where does that leave the office worker? How ...[MORE]

Austentatious : Pride and Prejudice colored in ultraviolent zombie bedlam, Robert Fanning's latest, and a grumpy proofreader

By Metro Times book reviewers

Published: 8/26/2009

Types: Arts, Literature, Books

Though they have similarly rabid fan bases, you would never expect to find the worlds of Jane Austen and George A. Romero forcibly colliding, but collide they do, brilliantly in the ultimate postmodern mashup. Purists will be aghast that some artistic travesty has been committed here, but curious ru...[MORE]

Lit Up: Old Joe Kennedy's dirty Hollywood, eagle-eyed tales of trailer-court Michigan and Nazi art thieves

By Metro Times book reviewers

Published: 7/29/2009

Types: Arts, Literature, Books

Joseph P. Kennedy Presents His Hollywood Years by Cari Beauchamp Alfred A. Knopf, $35, 506 pp. For Joseph P. Kennedy, success meant just one thing: More. More money, more power, more press, more sexual conquests, more brilliantly orchestrated yet shady business deals, and more respect and fame...[MORE]

Ghost song: One man's written journey into his family history reveals mental institutions, Holocaust survivors, post-World War II Detroit life and a long-lost aunt

By Sandra Svoboda

Published: 7/1/2009

Types: Arts, Literature, Books

He pursued the story as a son, curious about why his mother hid the existence of her sister, and as a journalist, navigating bureaucracies, locating records and interviewing people who might explain both the social and cultural forces at work on his mother and what his aunt's life was like locked aw...[MORE]

Railroad earth: Detroit author chronicles slavery and the African-American underground

By Sandra Svoboda

Published: 5/6/2009

Types: Arts, Literature, Books

These stories of love and heartbreak, suffering and survival on the Underground Railroad are rooted in oral history traditions. But with Betty DeRamus' deft touch for prose and journalistic attention to historical records, they flourish as a modern, relevant book, Freedom by Any Means: Con Gam...[MORE]

Hard lines: Tough times captured in print

By Curt Guyette

Published: 4/15/2009

Types: Arts, Literature, Books

Angela's Ashes Frank McCourt, 1996 As with the current economic meltdown, the aftereffects of 1929's crash were felt around the world. In his Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir, Frank McCourt provides an unflinching look at the horrific conditions of his childhood in Ireland during the Great Depres...[MORE]

Prole pulp: Literary lessons from Detroit in the Dirty '30s

By Michael Jackman

Published: 4/15/2009

Types: Arts, Literature, Books

Lots of people don't realize it, but, during the Great Depression, Detroit finally became a genuine literary location, thanks to writers who came to town to document the economic upheaval in a working-class town. And they left stories that shed light on the city during those troubled times, wi...[MORE]

Lit Up: An Ann Arbor haunting, exposed depravity and some Indian taboo tackled

By Metro Times book critics

Published: 3/11/2009

Types: Arts, Literature, Books

Dream House by Valerie Laken Harper Collins Publishers, $24.95, 333 pp. In her debut novel, Dream House, Valerie Laken tells it like it is: Personal fulfillment can only come from within, not via corporeal means.Candidly reflecting on the sacrifices people make to maintain, achieve or, in som...[MORE]

No heroics, please: An author with a major new novel, likely to become a movie, rises quietly from the workaday Motor City

By Chris Handyside

Published: 2/18/2009

Types: Arts, Literature, Books

It's a damn-near-balmy Thursday night (for February, in Detroit), and 50 or so folks have gathered at Oak Park's Book Beat. They're seated on folding chairs before a lanky, bespectacled, clean-headed, soft-spoken dude in an Army surplus jacket and jeans who's suddenly been transformed into an el...[MORE]

Lust issues : A journalist travels into the kinky and the perverse

By Metro Times book critics

Published: 2/11/2009

Types: Arts, Literature, Books

The Other Side of Desire: Four Journeys into the Far Realms of Lust and Longing by Daniel Bergner Ecco, $24.95, 224 pp. In his new book, Daniel Bergner delves into five lives that few would be able to call less than extreme erotically, and in the most extreme of these, criminally disturbing. T...[MORE]

When books could change your life : Why what we soak up at 12 may be the most important reading we ever do

By Tim Kreider

Published: 2/4/2009

Types: Arts, Literature, Books

A girl I once caught reading Fahrenheit 451 over my shoulder on the subway confessed: "You know, I'm an English lit major, but I've never loved any books like the ones I loved when I was 12 years old." I fell slightly in love with her when she said that. It was so frank and uncool, and undeniabl...[MORE]

Lit Up: Northern Mitten mysteries and mommy problems with a queer tryst

By Christa Buchanan

Published: 1/28/2009

Types: Arts, Literature, Books

Dead Dancing Women by Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli Midnight Ink, $13.95, 370 pp. Michigan author Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli took the "write what you know" adage to heart when wrote the first book of her Emily Kincaid Mystery series, Dead Dancing Women.The background of protagonist Emily Kincaid pract...[MORE]

Lit Up: Northern Mitten mysteries and mommy problems with a queer tryst

By Christa Buchanan

Published: 1/28/2009

Types: Arts, Literature, Books

Dead Dancing Women by Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli Midnight Ink $13.95, 370 pp. Michigan author Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli took the old "write what you know" adage to heart when she set out to write the first book of her Emily Kincaid Mystery series, Dead Dancing Women. The background of p...[MORE]

Cheeky worlds: Women writers and poets talk sex and a wry wink at the uninhabitable planet that’s coming

By Metro Times arts staff

Published: 12/31/2008

Types: Arts, Literature, Books

Behind the Bedroom Door Edited by Paula Derrow Delacorte Press 334 pp., $25 If you're looking for stories that sizzle like one of those erotica collections you place next to the penis cake at a bachelorette party, don't read this book. Magazine editor Paula Derrow has put together a co...[MORE]

Lit up: Graham Swift's latest twee offering, some geek-world attractions and an undeniable Márai opus

By Metro Times arts staff

Published: 12/10/2008

Types: Arts, Literature, Books

Tomorrow by Graham Swift Knopf; $23.95, 255 pp. If you enjoy rambling, outsized ruminations of a self-centered, somewhat paranoid, middle-aged woman, then seek out Brit author Graham Swift's Tomorrow. The novel revolves around the early morning hours of "tomorrow," in which the main characte...[MORE]

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