Archive for April, 2008

Apr 20 2008

Keep me out of record stores.

Published by under Lou Life,Misc.,Subby Love

It is a well known fact among my friends that I cannot be controlled in the vicinity of vinyl; my passion for crate-digging is matched only by my fiscal irresponsibility. Apparently, word got out to the greater independent record store community of my shameful addiction, and they hatched a plan to deplete me of even […]

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Apr 19 2008

I Heart Octopus

Published by under Full of ideas,Subby Love

I was lucky enough recently to visit Hong Kong for a few days. And let me tell you, their public transportation system is rocking. Hong Kong is estimated to have the highest percentage of trips made by public transit in the industrialized world (around 90%!). Not only is their system easy to use, but it’s […]

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Apr 19 2008

Earth Day Musing

Like “Easter-Christmas” Christians or “Passover-Hanukkah” Jews, most of us St. Louisans tend to be “Earth Day” Environmentalists. This isn’t totally our fault, right? Most folks in the City aren’t privileged enough to have curb-side recycling, and getting around the County on public transportation can be a mess of a calculus problem (I speak with deep experience […]

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Apr 16 2008

Subby’s March Madness

Published by under Bestsellers

MARCH BESTSELLERS!!! Obama : The Audacity of Hope Bolano : The Savage Detectives Pollan : The Omnivore’s Dilemma Sinclair : Oil! (There Will Be Blood) The Collected Stories of Amy Hempel

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Apr 14 2008

Lookit

Published by under Gallery,Subby Love

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Apr 14 2008

I’ve Read

Published by under Current Read

a lot lately. The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga (Free Press, $24.00, fiction).  Whew, that’s some bitterness.  Set in modern India, and written by an Indian expat, it’s a rip on the social and class divisions between a poor servant class and a corrupt wealthy one.  It’s written from the point of view of a […]

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Apr 11 2008

Fascinating, Disturbing, Depressing…

Published by under Current Read

 McMafia: A Journey Through the Global Criminal Underworld by Misha Glenny, reviewed by William Grimes.  In stock now (Random House, $27.95).  Read the entire review here. The collapse of the Soviet Union also ensured a ready supply of women for Western Europe. Mr. Glenny takes a close look at the Balkan gangs who thrive on […]

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Apr 08 2008

Oooh, the Shelves are So Pretty

Published by under Gallery,Subby Love

They’re here.  They’re really here. I did a little Snoopy dance.  The movers probably think I’m a freak.

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Apr 05 2008

Come Get Bonked!

I’ve been a big fan of Mary Roach ever since having read Stiff, her brilliant and hilarious study of the business of human preservation. Roach is that rare talent whose impeccable journalistic techniques are bolstered by a conversational style and an unparalleled sense of humor, making each revolting factoid that much easier to swallow. After […]

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Apr 02 2008

Barack to the Future

Kevin Horrigan of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch wrote an excellent editorial pertaining to the address that Barack Obama recently delivered about race in America. He makes a good case for the speech’s marking a high point in the current public discourse, which more often than not favors empty soundbites and frenzied sensationalism to extended monologues […]

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