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The History of the Beats In Pictures

THE BEAT SCENE. Photographs by Burt Glinn. Essay by Jack Kerouac. Reel Art Press. Burt Glinn, who launched his career with Life Magazine and died in 2008, was a master … Continue reading

January 3, 2019 · Leave a comment

The Electric Review’s 2018 Gift Basket Overflows in Sci-Fi, Rock & Roll, Dickens & Self-Help

The Electric Review recommends the following titles as potential stocking-stuffers for that book worm on your list. BOB DYLAN: THE ESSENTIAL INTERVIEWS. Edited By Johnathan Cott. Simon and Schuster. Bob … Continue reading

November 29, 2018 · Leave a comment

How To Survive In An Age of Bullshit

BAD ADVICE: HOW TO SURVIVE AND THRIVE IN AN AGE OF BULLSHIT. Venus Nicolino. HarperOne. “Really? With this shit? Can you read it through your Valencia filter and fake news feed? If … Continue reading

October 24, 2018 · 1 Comment

In Sticky Fingers, Jann Wenner Stands Outside His Mask

STICKY FINGERS. The Life and Times Of Jann Wenner. Joe Hagan. Vintage Books. “In retrospect, Wenner could tell himself that when the moment of truth arrived, he had valued something … Continue reading

September 5, 2018 · Leave a comment

The Good Mothers Take On Calabria’s Criminal Empire

THE GOOD MOTHERS: THE STORY OF THE THREE WOMEN WHO TOOK ON THE WORLD’S MOST POWERFUL MAFIA. Alex Perry. William Morrow. For nearly a decade, HBO’s The Sopranos captivated the … Continue reading

August 3, 2018 · Leave a comment

New Bukowski, Keith Gessen’s A Terrible Country, Gregory Crouch’s The Bonanza King

THE MATHEMATICS OF THE BREATH AND THE WAY. Charles Bukowski. CITY LIGHTS. This new Bukowski just released by City Lights is a real treat, featuring a collection of previously unpublished stories, columns, critical … Continue reading

July 11, 2018 · 1 Comment

Michael Moreci’s The Throw Away

THE THROW AWAY. Michael Moreci. Tom Doherty. A favorite protagonist in spy novels is the “Poor Schlub,” hereinafter referred to as the PS. The PS is some guy who gets … Continue reading

July 11, 2018 · Leave a comment

Snapshots On the Penguin Classics

THE LIFE & ADVENTURES OF JOAQUIN MURIETA. John Rollin Ridge. Foreword by Diana Gabaldon. Penguin Classics. The Life & Adventures of Joaquin Murieta was the very first novel to feature a … Continue reading

June 28, 2018 · Leave a comment

Fifteen Minutes With California Writer Laura Smith

California journalist Laura Smith, who serves as Managing Editor for the San Francisco-based history magazine Timeline.com, has written one of the most intriguing books to hit the shelves in 2018. … Continue reading

June 1, 2018 · Leave a comment
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