Weekly Wire

July 14 - July 21, 1997

The Myth of Che
A review of Jon Lee Anderson's Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life, a biography of the Argentinian/Bolivian Marxist revolutionary. [2]
Tom Aiken

On The Fence
A review of William Langewiesche's book about his border journey. [3]
Gregory McNamee

Singing A Different Tune
Fred Goodman takes a fascinating look at musicians, management and record companies. [4]
Dave McElfresh

Cover Your Semicolon
You gotta hand it to the Marquis de Sade--he sure knew how to whip a sentence together. In fact, Derek Pell has based his "Elements of Style" on the old Marquis' writings. [5]
James DiGiovana

Speed Reader
American Pastoral, Pest Control, The Misconceiver, and Kangaroo Notebook. [6]
Blake de Pastino, Tracy Cooley and Julie Birnbaum

Media Mix
The decline and fall of "Might" magazine. [7]

Burque's Best Unpublished Writing
Catch: Poems and Stories from Albuquerque [8]
Blake de Pastino

Now What?
A Web link page chock full of resources, recommendations, and staff picks pertaining to the subject of this section. [9]

Talk Back
Our online BBS is just like the Algonquin Round Table, only electronic, sober, and without all the famous people.


i ho, worm here. If you're a book lover or merely a compulsively consumptive organism like myself, this page offers fertile ground in which to wriggle about. Today's topsoil contains an in-depth review of the lengthy biography Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life by Jon Lee Anderson. The Cuban Revolutionary mercenary-hero receives a full-bodied treatment by Anderson -- too bad our friendly book reviewer didn't much care for that body's physique.

Still hungry for non-fiction? Cutting for Sign by William Langewiesche focuses on the sociopolitical nether-world surrounding the U.S./Mexico border. The Mansion on the Hill by Fred Goodman shows what absolute, um, worms rock-n-roll record executives can be. And The Marquis de Sade's Elements of Style relieves the torture of learning proper English.

Then there's Might, the little satirical magazine that couldn't. An interview with the ex-editor provides a whiff of the foul stench of failure. And a slew of fiction book reviews touch upon works by Philip Roth, Bill Fitzhugh, Lucy Ferriss, and Kobo Abe. Go wild. I'll see you underground.

From The Vaults

Drive-By Fiction
Yxta Maya Murrqy's first novel Locas takes a horrifying look at the hellish lives of L.A.'s Echo Park gangbanger women. [06-06-97]
Margaret Regan

Katherine Graham
Personal History is a memoir of a remarkable woman who assumed control of The Washington Post at a crossroads in our nation's history. [07-08-97]
Barbara Strickland

In Person
Richard Ford, author of Women With Men, will appear at Borders on July 1. [07-02-97]
David Snyder

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