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Half-Baked Record Nerd Oddities From Dennis Wilson and Droids Resurfacenew

In the late '70s, both these albums were wonders of displacement--either too far behind or ahead of the time to achieve much more than a ripple.
Baltimore City Paper  |  Brandon Soderberg  |  07-08-2008  |  Reviews

University of Arizona Scientists' Probe Set to Land on Marsnew

Finding life is pretty much the holy grail (and marketing angle) of space science, but even if scientists don't detect life signs, this mission will provide clues to the conditions that future manned missions to Mars may face.
Tucson Weekly  |  Jim Nintzel  |  05-22-2008  |  Science

'Battlestar Galactica' Goes for the Godnew

As the series gears up for its conclusion, it's becoming more contemplative, agonizing over how there can be faith without tests of that faith, and thus how real prophets can exist without fake ones -- how humans, tortured beasts that we are, can have certainty in anything without uncertainty about most everything else.
San Antonio Current  |  Luke Baumgarten  |  04-09-2008  |  TV

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

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 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

How Popeye Lost His Eyenew

Little Red Riding Hood, Dick Tracy, Popeye the Sailor Man ... don't let the characters fool you. Big Lonesome isn't written for kids, at least not for the pasteurized milk-fed children of the Disney generations.
Creative Loafing (Atlanta)  |  Thomas Bell  |  10-13-2005  |  Fiction

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