Category: reviews

  • Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus

    Titus Andronicus (Arden Shakespeare: Third Series) Is this the most disturbing of Shakespeare’s plays? If it isn’t, it is close. Titus Andronicus returns from war, triumphant, but his cruelty to his captive, Tamora, queen of the Goths, sets of a spiral of increasingly horrific acts of vengeance.  The violence is copious and horrific: Titus murders […]

  • Rubenstein’s When Jesus Became God

    When Jesus Became God: The Struggle to Define Christianity during the Last Days of Rome Richard E. Rubenstein From the modern perspective it is hard to understand how amorphous the early Christian movements were. In the first few hundred years after the death of Christ, much of what we now take for granted as pillars […]

  • Schmahmann’s The Double Life of Alfred Buber

    The Double Life of Alfred Buber I received this as a review copy from the Permanent Press, an excellent independent publisher based in New York. The Permanent Press is one of only a few literary independent publishers left who take the chance to publish serious novels by little known writers. I admire that. And I […]

  • Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors

    Comedy of Errors (Arden Shakespeare) William Shakespeare Last year I decided I was going to read the Bard’s works in chronological order, who knew that was going to be such a trying ordeal? I warn you, before you get to Lear and Hamlet you have to go through the long and turgid Richard the VI […]

  • Ellroy’s The Cold Six Thousand

    The Cold Six Thousand is the second volume of Ellroy’s “Underworld Trilogy” tracing the history of 1960s America through the lives of real and imagined gangsters. Written in an intense staccato style, the books are filled with conspiracies, bad men behaving horribly, and real and imagined dirt on most of the pivotal figures of the […]

  • Crime in the City – Mosley’s the Long Fall

    The Long Fall Walter Mosley Crime novels are very grounded in place. George Pelacanos’s novels sing of DC; Laura Lippman’s of Baltimore of Los Angeles, and until recently, Walter Mosley’s most famous crime novels were set in Watts. For the last decade of so the heavy hitters of crime fiction have mostly been avoiding New […]

  • Review: Black Sun by Goodrich-Clarke

    Black Sun: Aryan Cults, Esoteric Nazism, and the Politics of Identity Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke This is the first time two people associated with Fox Hill are writing a review of the same book, and, of course, its got to be a book about esoteric Hitler cults. We really aren’t this weird people – honest. Charm laid […]