Listening Guide–Age of Adz


Sufjan Stevens’ album Age of Adz, on Stevens’ label Asthmatic Kitty, was understood to be one of the best albums of 2010. The New York Times put Age of Adz as number five in their Top Pop Anthems for 2010. As another year has ended it becomes clear that Stevens’ depth of genius in Age […]

Book Review–Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 1)


Game of Thrones has be receiving increased popularity over the last several months as George R.R. Martin’s series of novels (the first five are currently published) are being made into an HBO series. While the HBO series seems to be greatly exaggerating the number of scenes including sex, nudity and incest, it appears fairly accurate […]

Book Review–The Bluest Eye


Toni Morrison’s first novel, The Bluest Eye, centers around the complexity of race and how this determines beauty.  While Morrison wrote the novel in the late 1960s, she was contemplating an encounter from her childhood.  Morrison recounts in the preface that she was confounded as a child when her friend, another African-American girl, wanted to […]

Book Review–Gilead


Gilead, Marilynne Robinson’s 2004 novel, is one that I have heard a lot about for several years.  It is one of those books that seems to come up in discussions of favorites. The novel won the  2005 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Critics Circle Award.  In addition President Barack Obama lists Gilead […]