Science Fiction and Mystery Novelist George C. Chesbro: A Q&A

Written by Bob Riedel on . Posted in Books, Posts

I ran into George C. Chesbro–author of numerous science-fictional mystery novels starring the Manhattan-based dwarf detective Robert Frederickson (aka Mongo the Magnificent)–at last fall’s annual Paperback Expo. It turned out he had a new array of books there, too: he and his wife Robin had formed Apache Beach Publishing, recovered the rights to his hefty [&hellip
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Danny Schechter’s New Falun Gong Book Is Weak

Written by David Grad on . Posted in Books, Posts

Reading Danny Schechter’s Falun Gong’s Challenge to China it’s difficult to determine whether the self-described "human rights journalist" is playing the fool or being someone’s tool. After talking to him for almost an hour and a half, I am convinced that he has managed the difficult task of doing both in equal measure. Schechter is [&hellip
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Paula Kamen, Feminist in a World of Bridget Joneses

Written by Tanya Richardson on . Posted in Books, Posts

In a world full of Bridget Joneses, it’s nice to stumble across Paula Kamen. Her 1991 Feminist Fatale focused on why many young women who identify with the tenets of feminism reject the label "feminist." Her latest, Her Way: Young Women Remake the Sexual Revolution (NYU Press, $25.95, 280 pages), chronicles women’s relatively newfound sexual [&hellip
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Weimar Berlin’s Morbidly Erotic Fascinations

Written by Richard Byrne on . Posted in Books, Posts

As a cultural construct, Weimar Berlin is Atlantis. It’s become a fabulous tale so freighted with hype, misconception and myth that it has sunken to a point where one questions if it ever existed at all except in its renderings–Isherwood, Cabaret, Fassbinder’s Berlin Alexanderplatz. Some of Weimar Berlin has come down to us more or [&hellip
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DC’s Most Insufferable Bookstore Generates Last Year’s Worst Piece of Journalism

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In the end, it wasn’t even close.  The other day I was mulling over what I thought was the worst piece of journalism of the year 2000. Not surprisingly, The New York Times was at the top of the list, for either their bogus story on how federal agencies and public parks were rejecting the [&hellip
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Creepy Sex for Little Girls

Written by Marty Beckerman on . Posted in Arts & Film, Books

You wouldn’t think the book too bizarre from the back cover. It actually sounds quite mundane: “Yesterday’s children learned about the birds and bees in the street, from friends and other unknowledgeable sources. Most people agree that that day is past, the sexual revolution has arrived. But where can today’s child turn for information, not [&hellip
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Creepy Sex for Little Girls

Written by Marty Beckerman on . Posted in Books, Posts

You wouldn’t think the book too bizarre from the back cover. It actually sounds quite mundane: "Yesterday’s children learned about the birds and bees in the street, from friends and other unknowledgeable sources. Most people agree that that day is past, the sexual revolution has arrived. But where can today’s child turn for information, not [&hellip
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Teller’s When I’m Dead, All This Will Be Yours Uncovers a Father’s Secret Life

Written by Jim Knipfel on . Posted in Books, Posts

When I’m Dead, All This Will Be Yours by Teller (Blast Books, 144 pages, $24.95) Teller laughed when I said this. "They’re very likable, first of all," he told me from Las Vegas, where he was preparing to head out for a month of touring with his partner, Penn Jillette. "They’re very unselfish people. Part [&hellip
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Homoeroticism and Christian Doctrine: A Talk with Novelist Henry Flesh

Written by J.T. Leroy on . Posted in Books, Posts

Henry Flesh What inspired you to write something so sci-fi in nature as Michael? I don’t really see Michael as science fiction, particularly since there’s no actual science involved in it. Rather, it’s a fantasy, somewhat mythical, a homoerotic take on contemporary Christian fundamentalists’ eschatological theories of the end of the world. At first glance [&hellip
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