Wednesday, May 27, 1998

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Posted By on Wed, May 27, 1998 at 12:00 AM

They said it couldn't be done, but here it is. Hunter S. Thompson's 1971 fact-ion exposé on a wild weekend in Las Vegas has finally been translated to the silver screen, by none other than that master of cinematic whimsy, Terry Gilliam. Raoul Duke (Johnny Depp) aka Thompson and...

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Godzilla

Posted By on Wed, May 27, 1998 at 12:00 AM

Wonders never cease. In the original Godzilla, a giant lizard was created from the radioactive fallout of Hiroshima. While the film was almost pure camp, the message was clearly serious: Thanks, GI Joe ... for nothing. Now we have a new Godzilla, the millennium version, overhyped and undercooked. As...

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I Got the Hookup

Posted By on Wed, May 27, 1998 at 12:00 AM

Percy Miller, the man popularly known to the world as Master P, is something of a bona fide genius. Moving out of New Orleans to California in his early 20s, Miller opened his own record store -- the company's name, No Limit Records, would become prophetic. P the rap...

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Jumping the tracks

All aboard for despair, angst, nausea and points south.

Posted By on Wed, May 27, 1998 at 12:00 AM

Of all the kinds of celebrity, one would think literary fame to be the best. After all, the writer can build a stack of books between himself and his public. Not so for Martin Amis. Born into the spotlight of his father, Kingsley Amis, little Marty was destined for...

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On the mend

A wide-ranging American novel talks about getting whole.

Posted By on Wed, May 27, 1998 at 12:00 AM

The narrator of Gayl Jones' magnificent new novel, The Healing, is Harlan Jane Eagleton, an African-American woman who discovers her ability to physically and spiritually heal herself and others. She tells her story against a backdrop of references to popular culture, sculpting a critical -- and dead funny --...

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Lao Tzu: Tao Te Ching: A Book About The Waw And The Power Of The Way

Posted By on Wed, May 27, 1998 at 12:00 AM

"So many Tao Te Chings have appeared or reappeared," writes poet and sci-fi novelist Ursula Le Guin, "that one begins to wonder if Lao Tzu has more translators than he has readers." Indeed, I discovered a dozen versions of the ancient Chinese classic just at the Detroit Public Library;...

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Pop-up knowledge

The latest Knopf book on the art and history of building is a multileveled adventure.

Posted By on Wed, May 27, 1998 at 12:00 AM

Don't you hate book reviews that are just a thinly disguised excuse for the reviewer to talk about something other than the subject at hand (which is reviewing a book, of course) -- reviews that turn into an occasion for exorcising some private crank of the writer? For example,...

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Blowing it

Biography meets critique in Armond White's take on 2Pac.

Posted By on Wed, May 27, 1998 at 12:00 AM

Armond White's first book, The Resistance: Ten Years of Pop Culture That Shok the World (1995), a collection of articles written over a 10-year period for L.A. Weekly, Emerge, the Village Voice, Film Comment and the now-defunt City Sun, gave the impression that something new was afoot in the...

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The Last Days of Disco

Posted By on Wed, May 27, 1998 at 12:00 AM

If the title of writer-director Whit Stillman's third film has the ring of a serious examination of a lost civilization (akin to The Last Days of Pompeii), it's because he treats the decline of disco culture with the seriousness of a verbose, thesis-wielding academic. Stillman's films, Metropolitan (1990), Barcelona...

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Wednesday, May 20, 1998

Artemisia

Posted By on Wed, May 20, 1998 at 12:00 AM

For certain historical figures, life hardly ends when they die. If their work survives, or if their actions and notoriety continue to pique interest, their lives are up for constant re-examination. Artemisia Gentileschi has repeatedly been in this situation. This 17th century Italian painter has been exhumed, dressed up...

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