It must be from all those old film noirs I’m obsessed with–Double Indemnity, The Postman Always Rings Twice, Out of the Past, and the like. Or maybe it stems from my love of Faulkner’s Sanctuary, which I read as an undergrad and never let go of. Hence, now I’m in the middle of Pulp Masters, [...]
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So here’s something: of course I look at Amazon. I’ve been published long enough now to have the Amazon ranking not matter so much to me, but there is something else I find addictive about Amazon: what books are offered at a discount if you buy it with one of mine. There is an algorithm [...]
by Crystal Zevon (Ecco, 452 pages) As with sports biographies (see my comments on a recent Jackie Robinson book), most music biographies are useful to fans and devotees but frequently are barely more than hagiographic efforts. The few exceptions that come to mind are David Hajdu‘s two books, one on Billy Strayhorn and the other [...]
Helen Mirren has the goods to be the queen – all the others merely players in her court.
What all of this adds up to is a biography of feeling, rather than fact, and a charming one at that.
This DVD profiles a musician whose personal work has continued to mystify, scare and inspire, with music written by a recluse who has truly been an outsider.