The Associated Press - Media Insider
NEW YORK (AP) The provocateur Sacha Baron Cohen has rebooted his ambush chat show and before any judgment is made about the wisdom of that decision, you have to admire the sheer perseverance of not only the host but also his so-called guests.
Cowboy Junkies, "All That Reckoning" (Latent Recordings)
Not even Joseph Conrad had the courage to venture into that darkest of hearts: middle school.
Tom Bailey, "Science Fiction" (Mikrokosmos/BFD)
NEW YORK (AP) I like to imagine what King Kong, as a popcorn-chomping moviegoer, might make of "Skyscraper," the latest summer actioner staring Dwayne Johnson. Would he, watching a goliath ascend the exterior of a high-rise with helicopters and klieg lights swirling, woundedly mumble, "Hey, that's my gig."
Macabre is a word often associated with the late cartoonist John Callahan. He's the man who in his widely published cartoons, drawn in his signature squiggly style, poked fun at lesbians, Chinese people, the handicapped, women, Oprah, Alzheimer's patients, chiropractors and even sexual harassment in a cartoon that features a woman showing cleavage in a tight dress telling her similarly outfitted colleague "Remember..
Rick Astley, "Beautiful Life" (BMG)
A Terrible Country: a Novel" (Viking), by Keith Gessen
Caged" (Minotaur Books), by Ellison Cooper
A Carnival of Losses: Notes Nearing Ninety" (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), by Donald Hall
Carolina Story, "Lay Your Head Down" (Black River Americana)
Clock Dance: a Novel" (Knopf), by Anne Tyler