Review: Women of Our Time by Frederick S. Voss and Women Who Write by Stefan Bollmann

October 11, 2007 admin 0

Today, in January Magazine’s art & culture section, contributing editor Cherie Thiessen reviews two books that celebrate the lives and art of women. Thiessen finds a lot to like in Women of Our Time by Frederick S. Voss: Women of Our Time … gives us a sampling of notable women in the 20th century. In addition, we are privileged to see them through the eyes of great portrait photographers and can often chart how women’s […]

Review: Heavy Metal Fun Time Activity Book by Aye Jay

September 24, 2007 admin 0

Today, in January Magazine’s art & culture section, contributing editor and January art director, David Middleton, reviews Heavy Metal Fun Time Activity Book by Aye Jay. Says Middleton: You don’t tend to think of heavy metal music as a genre that is filled with an overabundance of jocularity or frivolity, but as I flip through Heavy Metal Fun Time Activity Book I must reconsider my position. Metal can be fun, silly and — yes — […]

Review: This Year Your Write Your Novel by Walter Mosley

September 4, 2007 admin 0

Today, in January Magazine’s art & culture section, a review of This Year Your Write Your Novel by Walter Mosley. If you or someone you know wants to write a novel — really wants to write a novel — I’m fairly certain that this book will help them get there. “I don’t promise a masterpiece,” Mosley warns in his introduction, “just a durable first novel of a certain length,” and later in the introduction he […]

Review: The Moon by Michael Carlowicz

August 28, 2007 admin 0

Today, in January Magazine’s art & culture section, contributing editor Cherie Thiessen examines The Moon by Michael Carlowicz. Says Thiessen: The Moon is a hodgepodge of interesting tidbits, with the narrative reflecting the visuals in its variety and scope. Perhaps the only aspect of the moon that he hasn’t covered is that cheeky little human act of defiance and provocation. The full review is here.

Review: At Large and at Small by Anne Fadiman

August 20, 2007 admin 0

Today, in January Magazine’s art & culture section, contributing editor Diane Leach reviews At Large and at Small by Anne Fadiman. Says Leach: Certain women, myself amongst them, fall for a certain kind of man: irresponsible, plain of face, depressed, tending toward drug and/or alcohol addiction. All too often these types are charismatic and given to poetry. Thus Fadiman’s passion for Charles Lamb and Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Lamb, who cared for his sister Mary after […]

Review: The Complete Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz

July 24, 2007 admin 0

Today, in January Magazine’s art & culture section, contributing editor David Abrams reviews The Complete Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz. Says Abrams: I can still recall Sunday afternoons — unimaginably long stretches of time free of the electronic jangle of yet-to-be-invented video games or cell phones — when I would lay propped on my elbows in our shag-carpeted living room with the bright sheet of comics spread before me. In those moments I became one […]

Review: Art in America edited by Susan Davidson

July 4, 2007 admin 0

Today, in January Magazine’s art & culture section, contributing editor Aaron Blanton examines Art in America: 300 Years of Innovation. Says Blanton: Unlike many — most? — art books of this calibre, written with an educated — even jaded — reader in mind, Art in America intends a very different audience: a readership perhaps not without art knowledge, but without direct or certainly full knowledge of American art. Davidson has done an incredible job with […]

Review: Ibiza Style by Ingrid Rasmussen and Chloe Grimshaw

May 25, 2007 admin 0

Today, in January Magazine’s art & culture section, contributing editor Aaron Blanton goes over the moon for Ibiza Style by Ingrid Rasmussen and Chloe Grimshaw. Blanton says: Rasmussen and Grimshaw have succeeded brilliantly. I may be completely under their spell — and though I detest a rave as much as a rant — I simply can’t imagine the person who would not enjoy spending time with Ibiza Style, it so fulfils at every level. Those […]

Review: Where’s My Jetpack? by Daniel H. Wilson

May 2, 2007 admin 0

Today, in January Magazine’s art & culture section, contributing editor Andi Shechter reviews Where’s My Jetpack? by Daniel H. Wilson, the book that answers all of our questions about the extremely disappointing 21st century. Says Shechter: What Wilson does in Where’s My Jetpack? is take a topic that those of us in the Baby Boomer generation saw in comics, movies, read in novels, watched on television, dreamed of and saw at the Smithsonian or the […]

Review: It’s In the Bag by Winifred Gallagher

April 12, 2007 admin 0

Today, in January’s art & culture section, Tracy Quan examines It’s In the Bag by Winifred Gallagher: Does carrying one of these grown-up security blankets make you a slave to fashion, or a more independent, mobile person? Gallagher engages sociologists, historians and, of course, bag designers, and comes up with some remarkable answers. Fashion historian Valerie Steele thinks women with multiple bags are practicing a form of serial monogamy, while a shoe collection is more […]