Howard Hampton

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  • 11 years ago

    Fan-Tan is less a novel (or more precisely, novelization of an unproduced screenplay) than a candygram from the gods of Eccentricity. A collaboration between the late Marlon Brando (once great actor turned barely walking public joke) and the late ...

  • 11 years ago

    Comparing Graeme Thomson's hackneyed Elvis Costello biography Complicated Shadows with Pat Gilbert's fine history of the Clash Passion Is a Fashion sets up a battle-of-the-brands replay of 1977. While Thomson zeroes in on the narrowly careerist as...

  • 12 years ago

    The first reaction to The R. Crumb Handbook, a rich and densely compacted anthology cum memoir cum mulch-heap scrapbook: finally, Huck Finn's voraciously dysfunctional answer to The Boy Scout Handbook. If, that is, Huck had been a four-eyed antiqu...

  • 12 years ago

    Here's your throat back, thanks for the loan. —"Ballad of a Thin Man" Delving into The Other Hollywood: The Uncensored Oral History of the Porn Film Industry, you'll find reams of titillating, funny, appalling, and often pointless information...

  • 12 years ago

    Revisiting the electoral crime scene in hope of preventing a recurrence, Melville House has brought out a cautionary trio of pocket-sized books (pamphlets, really) devoted to the hijacking of the 2000 presidential vote. Return with them now to the...

  • 13 years ago

    The two women who call themselves Mr. Airplane Man and the four who make up Electrelane go so far inside their respective sounds—dumpster-diving recidivism, skin-diving trance moves—they all but disappear into their own make-believe worl...


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