Search Results: "Charles Shaar Murray"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"Nevertheless, as cultural history and biography this is both cogent and entertaining, if occasionally over-written."
Murray (Crosstown Traffic, not reviewed) turns his attention to one of Hendrix's musical forebears, bluesman John Lee Hooker. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2003

"Murray's answers are bound to set the walls of the academy and the halls of the learned journals ringing with rebuttals. But readers who took pleasure in Jacques Barzun's From Dawn to Decadence are sure to enjoy his arguments and elegant presentation."
Yes, human societies really do evolve for the better—thanks to the technologies, ideas, and other contributions of scads of mostly dead white European males. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 31, 2012

"Somewhat cautious, nonacademic work meant to persuade broadly and accessibly."
American Enterprise Institute scholar Murray (Real Education, 2008, etc.) considers the chasm between the haves and the have-nots and how the welfare state has wrecked the "founding virtues." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"Evaluated on the proper grounds, this volume is a clear success. (For another view of this subject, see David Boaz, Libertarianism, p. TKTK.) ($100,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
A book guarranteed to delight fans and infuriate foes of the coauthor of the controversial The Bell Curve. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 14, 1997

"Murray tells the story of Cray compellingly, and few readers will be able to close the book without a regret at the passing of an age when such independent giants could rule the world. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
The name Cray is to the computer world what Ferrari is to the automotive world: a synonym for sheer speed and engineering bravado. Read full book review >

BLOG POST

CHARLES TAYLOR

Reliant as they were on call girls, cars, corpses, and Kris Kristofferson, the B-movies of the 1970s may not qualify as high art, according to cultural critic Charles Taylor, but at least they took American audiences seriously.

“For me, the staying power of these movies has to do with the way they stand in opposition to the current juvenile state ...


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BOOK REVIEW

LITTLE MOUSE by Alison Murray
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 18, 2013

"Youngsters will clamor for more as they climb into a lap and ask to also be called their mommy's little mouse. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Murray captures a young girl's changing moods—from feeling big and bold to little and cuddly—in this playful, empathetic story. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FAIRY FELICITY'S MOONLIGHT ADVENTURE by Alison Murray
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Sparkly mollusk fluid aside, expect a book that hits its own sweet spot fairy-ly well. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Surprise birthday party? Check. Fairies? Check. Inoffensive follow-the-line conceit? Check and check! Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE HOUSE THAT ZACK BUILT by Alison Murray
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"Perfect for giggling and sharing and right on target for lap-time reading. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A new version of a beloved classic. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

I CAN RUN  by Murray Head
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"A book new readers will want to take a peek at. (Early reader. 5-7)"
A day in the life of a squirrel for new readers. Read full book review >

BLOG POST

YOUR BEST BETS FOR FASCINATING SF/F/H READS IN JULY
by John DeNardo

Summer reading season is in full swing, and if you'd like to join the beach party, there's plenty of entertainment to be found in the pages of science fiction, fantasy, and horror books. July's cream of the crop includes stories about a robot hitman, a dark and previously unseen perspective on Peter Pan, a woman with supernatural ...


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BOOK REVIEW

HICKORY DICKORY DOG by Alison Murray
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 10, 2014

"Flawed internal logic mars this slight tale. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Following One Two That's My Shoe (2012), Murray again riffs on a traditional nursery rhyme, keeping its cadences while focusing on a day in the life of Zack and his faithful dog, Rufus. Read full book review >