Category: Book reviews

Shovel Ready: By Adam Sternbergh

Shovel Ready By Adam Sternbergh (Crown) One of the best noir books to come out in years was penned by the culture editor for The New York Times Magazine. ‘Shovel Ready’ is just as sly and witty as it is…

Crash and Burn By Artie Lange

Crash and Burn By Artie Lange (Touchstone) As I write this review M*A*S*H is on in the background and it dawns on me the significant parallels that exist between the show and the great comic Artie Lange. Both feature tremendous…

In Case We Die By Danny Bland

In Case We Die By Danny Bland (Fantagraphics Books) Yes the alkie/junkie-who’s-really-a-good-guy genre has been around for a long, long time. The fact that anyone would try and tread that ground after Charles Bukowski is simply mindboggling, but somehow Danny…

NoMeansNo: Going Nowhere By Mark Black

NoMeansNo: Going Nowhere By Mark Black (Invisible Publishing) One day, long ago, I was visiting my favorite record store and decided to buy the latest DOA album. The clerk, who was “in the know,” intimated that DOA was playing at…

Ministry: The Lost Gospels According to Al Jourgensen

Ministry The Lost Gospels According to Al Jourgensen with Jon Wiederhorn (Da Capo Press) The mere fact that Ministry frontman Al Jourgensen can even remember his past given the decades of substance abuse (alcohol, pot, speed, acid, heroin and everything…