Category: Book Reviews

I Wanted My MTV

When was the last time you could honestly describe a 600-page nonfiction book as a thoroughly absorbing page-turner? Such length is usually the province of academic works requiring an investment of patience and concentration from the reader. Craig Marks and Rob Tannenbaum’s I Want My MTV: The Uncensored Story of the Music Video Revolution (Dutton,..

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The Troubling Truths Of Huckleberry Finn

By the end of this post, you will never again be able to look at this illustration with innocent eyes. In 1885, one hundred twenty-six years ago today, Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was finally published for the first time in the United States. The U.S. debut arrived two months after publication of..

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Still Standing Tall

Street Player, the new autobiography from former Chicago drummer Danny Seraphine, immediately grabs the reader’s attention with a riveting introduction:  the frantic musician’s arrival at the tragic aftermath of bandmate Terry Kath’s self-inflicted, fatal gunshot.  Following the conventions of modern memoir, this fascinating glimpse is only a snapshot of what is to come, and the clock..

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The Bigger Picture Emerges As A Mad Life Unfolds

Al Jaffee is 89 years old.  It is likely that you have seen his work, even if his name is unfamiliar to you.  The 2008 Reuben Awards Cartoonist of the Year has been steadily contributing to MAD magazine for over half a century now, most notably as the creator of the MAD Fold-In, a regular feature on..

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