"When I Paint My Masterpiece"

You're probably not going to find me ranting and raving about painting or the symphony or opera; nor about too many TV shows; and music and film (and The Bob) have their very own sections on this website; and, though I do enjoy a good play from time to time and I'm really looking forward to seeing "Monty Python's Spamalot" someday soon, I don't actually get out to the theater all that much. So, when it comes to "Culture" we're mainly just talking about literature here. And, like most people, I love a great book. Whether it be something by one of my favorite novelists - Tom Robbins, Margaret Atwood, Michael Ondaatje or Nick Hornby - or a good polemic by Noam Chomsky or even a good biography or autobiography by or about, say, Bob Dylan or Marlon Brando, it's clear that certain books and/or authors are simply deserving of a rave every now and then.



Octopus's Garden: Japanese Bedtime Stories (Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Embrace Death)

A particularly bizarre Japanese bedtime story causes great confusion.

The Best Talk Show Ever: "Spectacle: Elvis Costello with..."

Elvis Costello may not be the first person who comes to mind when you think of rock stars who might make great television talk show hosts, but with his new show, "Spectacle", he pulls it off brilliantly.

The New Naomi Klein Rave

The writer of "No Logo" comes out with a new book - and short film - called "The Shock Doctrine".

The Michael Ondaatje Rave ("Divisadero" Is Magnificento!)

One of the great modern writers of fiction comes out with a fantastic new book. And a list of my Top 10 favorite books that I've read over the past 10 years.