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Rounding out the year in visual arts, theater, books, and the performing and culinary arts.
Creative Loafing (Atlanta)  |  Thomas Bell, Felicia Feaster, Curt Holman and Besha Rodell  |  12-28-2006  |  Art

Remembrance of Persons Passednew

The souls in Brockmeier's novel eat, drink and sleep, although their hearts never beat.
Creative Loafing (Atlanta)  |  Thomas Bell  |  02-16-2006  |  Fiction

Remembrance of Persons Pastnew

Death, like magic and insanity, has always provided a good excuse for authors to go nonlinear with their writing, and Brockmeier uses the opportunity to gorgeous effect.
Creative Loafing (Atlanta)  |  Thomas Bell  |  02-09-2006  |  Fiction

Being Frank Steinnew

Frank recounts the beastly book he stitched together from the fundamental particles of language discovered during his prodigal studies of modern linguistics.
Creative Loafing (Atlanta)  |  Thomas Bell  |  02-02-2006  |  Fiction

High on Lifenew

This adventure story is also a melancholy reflection on what matters in a life: adventure or acquisitions, challenge or comfort, passion or position?
Creative Loafing (Atlanta)  |  Thomas Bell  |  01-19-2006  |  Fiction

Slim to Nilnew

Bob Armstrong's reflections would be a fascinating story, if only he hadn't tried so hard to write himself into the role of street prophet and pimp poet.
Creative Loafing (Atlanta)  |  Thomas Bell  |  01-12-2006  |  Fiction

The Culture of Jackonew

Looking past questions of what he did or didn't do, this book examines the Michael Jackson phenomenon as American popular culture pushed to its logical extremes.
Creative Loafing (Atlanta)  |  Thomas Bell  |  01-05-2006  |  Nonfiction

Screwing With Your Headnew

The author uses this method in attracting readers: The bigger the lie, the more they'll believe it.
Creative Loafing (Atlanta)  |  Thomas Bell  |  12-15-2005  |  Fiction

Bibliophile in a Bindnew

The House of Paper is nevertheless a soulful study of the peculiar passions and perils of bibliomania.
Creative Loafing (Atlanta)  |  Thomas Bell  |  12-08-2005  |  Fiction

Author Aims for Claritynew

Though this book is a bit plodding and overwritten at times, it's a smart book worth the effort if you want to move beyond the current mess of muddled political posturing.
Creative Loafing (Atlanta)  |  Thomas Bell  |  12-01-2005  |  Nonfiction

Author Finds the Tension Between Irony and Sinceritynew

Losers and loners populate the pages of an Atlantan's collection of short stories and a novella.
Creative Loafing (Atlanta)  |  Thomas Bell  |  11-23-2005  |  Author Profiles & Interviews

Book Has Become Valuable History After Hurricanenew

The author's love (an angry, desperate, grieving, intimate love) for the culture reads sincere, offering a full sensory tour of a part of New Orleans that was always way off the tourist map and may now be gone forever.
Creative Loafing (Atlanta)  |  Thomas Bell  |  11-17-2005  |  Nonfiction

It's an Irresistable Literary Conceitnew

Since 1969, George McDonald Fraser's "Flashman" series has been arguably the funniest -- and most educational -- series of novels being published.
Creative Loafing (Atlanta)  |  Thomas Bell  |  11-10-2005  |  Fiction

He Went Under the Cover of Flagnew

In an age of absurdity fit to make Aristophanes shoot milk through his nose, a trickster like Harmon Leon is a welcome reflection of our ridiculous reality.
Creative Loafing (Atlanta)  |  Thomas Bell  |  11-04-2005  |  Nonfiction

Eden Moore Sees Dead Peoplenew

If you're looking for a Stephen King-style, piss-your-pants fright fest, Four and Twenty Blackbirds will disappoint. Priest is at times overly clinical, and many of the main character's ghosts hold no more terror than a kiss from your stinky Aunt Edna.
Creative Loafing (Atlanta)  |  Thomas Bell  |  10-27-2005  |  Fiction

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