Book Reviews

‘American Scream’ by Jonah Raskin

Posted July 15, 2004 by Michael Gause

At once a caustic rejection to American materialism and an embrace of hedonism and madness, Allen Ginsberg’s poem “Howl” was also a celebration of creativity and life, a poem that agonized over the prospect of lost brilliance and hope. In
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Seattle and the Demons of Ambition, by Fred Moody

Posted May 20, 2004 by Randy Shaw

It is a rare for a book to raise new questions about such diverse subjects as technology, ambition, progress, the impact of the dot-com boom, urban development, and the true agenda of Bill Gates. Even rarer is the book that
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Cruel Injustice by Joe Domanick

Posted May 13, 2004 by Michael Gause

In his thoughtful, often fierce critique of California’s three strikes law, “Cruel Injustice,” Joe Domanick repeatedly refers to the law as “Kafkaesque.” It’s an apt description of a law borne out of panic and the illusion that crime and gangbanging
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No There There by Chris Rhomberg

Posted April 15, 2004 by Sarah Norr

Chris Rhomberg’s No There There begins with an astonishing scene from local history: two thousand hooded Ku Klux Klan members marching through the Oakland hills, under a burning cross. Rhomberg goes on to describe two equally dramatic Oakland uprisings. In
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