Books: “The Holy or the Broken: Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley & the Unlikely Ascent of ‘Hallelujah'” by Alan Light

How many times have you heard a song and said, "I wish I'd written that"? With me it doesn't happen very often; sure, the royalties on "Call Me Maybe" must be off the charts, but I rarely hear a song I think is clever and moving enough to wonder what was in the writer to […]

Book Review: The Secret History of the World; also: The world will not end 12/21/12

Let's start with this: The world will not end on Friday. The Mayan calendar ends then. Or maybe it's an Aztec calendar someone found in Mayan territory (because they were kind of in the same area anyway). But you know what could happen? The sun could come under the influence of Aquarius. Yep, I can […]

Book review: The Protest Singer

Too many books have been written about me, at too great length. What's needed is a book that can be read in one sitting. Alec Wilkinson writes that he was worried Pete Seeger would not agree to another biography, so when the folk icon told him to write something brief and readable, Wilkinson must have […]

Thought Review: Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth by R. Buckminster Fuller

This isn't really a book review. It's more a look at thought and inspiration. First off, read up on Bucky Fuller. He's best known for the geodesic dome, the architectural style that uses the least amount of material to maximize space. In Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth (1969), Fuller launches some great ideas as instructions […]

Dispatches from the other side(s) of misogyny: Two book reviews

"What are you doing, studying chauvinism?" my brother asked. We were visiting our parents for Thanksgiving and he saw the two paperbacks I had been reading simultaneously sitting by the bed. The were Women by Charles Bukowski and He's a stud, she's a slut, and 49 other double standards every woman should know by Jessica […]