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An Intimate Conversation With the Los Angeles Lakers’ Jeanie Buss

Periodically, The Electric Review presents a Retro Pick: a book that has been released at some point in the past but which still packs a relevant punch. This quarter, as the … Continue reading

March 23, 2017 · Leave a comment

Solomon Hits Home Run With The Murder of Willie Lincoln

THE MURDER OF WILLIE LINCOLN. Burt Solomon. Tor/Forge Books. “Fair play” whodunnits are the most difficult kind of novel to write. The genre, by its nature, requires a highly convoluted … Continue reading

March 23, 2017 · Leave a comment

March Spotlight

ATTITUDE. Jay Wright. Penguin-Random House Audio.  Jay Wright serves as the head basketball coach at Villanova University. As the 2016 NCAA Basketball Champions, Villanova grabbed the national spotlight, with fans … Continue reading

March 23, 2017 · Leave a comment

A Classic Revisited

THE ODYSSEY. Homer. Translated by Anthony Verity. Introduction by William Allan. Oxford University Classics. Oxford’s new translation of arguably the greatest poem in the the canons of Western literature is … Continue reading

March 23, 2017 · Leave a comment

In Mastai’s Brilliant Debut, Science Fiction Doubles As Today’s Reality

ALL OUR WRONG TODAYS. Elan Mastai. Dutton. Elan Mastai has made his name writing for the screen, but as his fiction debut All Our Wrong Todays shows, he’s got the … Continue reading

February 8, 2017 · Leave a comment

Famed California Attorney Joseph Cotchett Dissects the State of the American Landscape

THE PEOPLE VS GREED. Joseph W. Cotchett. Patsons Press. Guys as successful as Joseph Cotchett rarely rock the boat. Rather, they choose to sit silent, rest on their laurels, and … Continue reading

February 2, 2017 · Leave a comment

Mary Astor’s Purple Diary

MARY ASTOR’S PURPLE DIARY: THE GREAT AMERICAN SEX SCANDAL OF 1936. Edward Sorel. Norton & Company. By page eleven—which happens to be the first page of the text—the self evident … Continue reading

February 2, 2017 · Leave a comment

Remembering Kevin Starr, Catholic Historian 1940-2017

The passing of Kevin Starr, the notable historian of California, is already being observed with predictable political correctness. For his series of popular surveys, beginning with the 1973 volume Americans and … Continue reading

January 19, 2017 · Leave a comment

Why Did Bob Dylan Pay A Visit To Birmingham’s WorkPlay On Friday?

Bob Dylan likes WorkPlay. How do we know? He told owner Tom Williams so on Friday, during a video shoot at the venue’s theater. Dylan, 75, one of the most famous names … Continue reading

December 16, 2016 · 1 Comment
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