Posts Tagged ‘biography’

Somewhere in the swamps of Jersey…

Friday, November 7th, 2014

(This review was originally published in the Washington Independent Review of Books, November 2014.) At some point in the late 1970s, smart-alecky teenager Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz, flips on some New York radio station. Bruce Springsteen comes blaring out and all that passion, fire and teenage angst reaches out and touches this kid somewhere in the swamps […]

Best reads of 2012 – a pretty good year

Monday, December 31st, 2012

I suppose these are in a sort of order, but fear not – they’re all outstanding. And they’re not all new books, there’s a little backtracking going on here. Fiction Gods Without Men, by Hari Kunzru Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut (Why’d it take me 43 years to read it? Dunno. So it goes.) A Naked […]

Biografiend

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

James Joyce: A New Biography By Gordon Bowker Farrar, Straus and Giroux ISBN-10:  0374178720 (This review was originally published in the Washington Independent Review of Books on July 25, 2012) T. S. Eliot claimed James Joyce killed the nineteenth century. And he ought to know — Eliot, reportedly, was at the scene of the crime. […]