The Moon Over the Mountain, by Atsushi Nakajima, illustrated by Nekosuke (Vertical, 56 pages)
The Moon Over the Mountain is the second entry in publisher Kodansha’s “Maiden’s Bookshelf” collection, which presents acclaimed short stories from Japanese literature in illustrated collectible volumes.
First published in 1942, “The Moon Over the Continue reading “The Moon Over the Mountain, by Atsushi Nakajima”
Nite Skye, Vanishing (Sonic Ritual Records)
I’m like 100 percent positive I’ve talked about this father-son duo before, unless it was someone else. This is their debut album, which doesn’t jibe with my (probably faux) memory, but anyway, here they are, ex-Film School vocalist-guitarist Nyles Lannon and his 12-year-old boy Continue reading “Album Reviews 23/02/23”
Dinner with the President, by Alex Prud’homme (Alfred A. Knopf, 400 pages)
Before this week, if you’d asked me to share a single detail of the presidency of William Howard Taft, I would have struggled to come up with anything other than that he was also a chief justice Continue reading “Dinner with the President, by Alex Prud’homme”
Dudes, Eternal Is The Fruit (Dudes Music)
OK, so I wasn’t even aware there was any such thing as a “Scandirock scene,” which is no surprise, given that I’ve never been to any of those countries. But it’s a thing, at least to those people, and a little digging reveals Continue reading “Album Reviews 23/02/16”
Shotgun Wedding (R)
Jennifer Lopez, Josh Duhamel.
Though she’s solidly in a supporting role, this movie gives a lot of the goofiness to Jennifer Coolidge, who plays Carol, mom to groom Tom (Duhamel).
Tom and Darcy (Lopez) have dragged their loved ones to a beach resort in the Philippines for Continue reading “At the Sofaplex 23/02/09”
Ms. Demeanor, by Elinor Lipman (Harper, 304 pages)
I’ve never before finished a book and thought, “That was delightful,” but that’s the phrase that kept running through my mind as I transitioned from the fictional world of Ms. Demeanor to the bleak reality of New Hampshire in winter. It Continue reading “Ms. Demeanor, by Elinor Lipman”
Nervous Eaters, Monsters + Angels (Wicked Cool Records)
If you’re old enough to have been part of the Boston rock scene when the success of The Cars lured in all the drugged-out saps, um, I mean record company reps to check out every band in the city, or even if Continue reading “Album Reviews 23/02/09”
The Thing in the Snow, by Sean Adams (268 pages, William Morrow)
In the windswept snow-packed emptiness of a place so remote it can only be accessed by helicopter is the Northern Institute, an abandoned research facility. Its staff has suddenly left under mysterious circumstances, requiring the employment of Continue reading “The Thing in the Snow, by Sean Adams”
All Quiet on the Western Front (R)
A group of very eager, very naive school boys sign up to join the German army a few years into World War I in this most recent, German-language adaptation of the novel by Erich Maria Remarque. Paul (Felix Kammerer) and his buddies sport Continue reading “At the Sofaplex 23/02/02”
Meg Baird, Furling (Drag City Records)
This singer and drummer is well-known in the indie/retro-folk scene, having helped to form the psychedelic rock supergroup Heron Oblivion after a several-album stint with Espers. The New Jersey-born, San Francisco-based hipster has other projects on her resumé, too, including three albums with her Continue reading “Album Reviews 23/02/02”