Tag Archives: spring 1999


INVISIBLE NEW YORK The Hidden Infrastructure of the City Stanley Greenberg Johns Hopkins University Press ($29.95) RAILROAD VOICES Linda Niemann and Lina Bertucci Stanford University Press ($35) by C. K. Hubbuch Invisible New York presents architectural photographer Stanley Greenberg's photographs of the city's service spaces—places unknown, if not unimaginable to most, and seen by almost […]


Nelson George Viking ($24.95) by Peter Wardrip Around 1992, Tommy Hilfiger came upon a chance meeting with the rapper Grand Puba in New York's JFK airport. Tommy, of course, is currently a leader in the youth apparel industry, but at the beginning of the decade he and his clothing line were still trying to find […]

EX LIBRIS: Confessions of a Common Reader

Anne Fadiman Farrar, Straus, and Giroux ($16) by Deborah J. Safran Over the last few years, there have been a plethora of "books about books" published—more specifically, "readers on reading." Each has its merits, but there are too many to read; after skimming a few of the titles, I decided that a true reader would […]


Half-Humans, Evil Twins, and Science Fiction Mike Hertenstein Cornerstone Press ($14.95) by Rudi Dornemann In The Double Vision of Star Trek: Half-Humans, Evil Twins and Science Fiction , Mike Hertenstein offers a Christian deconstruction of Star Trek. He establishes his Trek credentials early, opening his acknowledgements section with a humorous reference to the Vulcan mating season, and as he explores […]

JULIEN LEVY: Portrait of an Art Gallery

Edited by Ingrid Schaffner and Lisa Jacobs MIT Press ($25) by Anna Reckin In January 1932, the Julien Levy Gallery presented the first exhibition of Surrealism in New York, assured ample publicity by the presence of Salvador Dalí, whose work was being shown in New York for the very first time. But Dalí was not […]

Twisted Spoon Press: A Profile

by David Auerbach Under communist rule, Czech literature was a crippled entity: not only did authors have difficulty publishing their work outside of brief thaw periods, but precommunist Czech writers disappeared from view, as their works were often banned. When Czech literature did become more well-known in the last few decades, much of it was […]

Paul Metcalf: A Eulogy

by Allan Kornblum The following piece was composed for the Paul Metcalf Memorial Reading held in Minneapolis on March 14th, 1999 Paul Metcalf was born in 1917, in the midst of the first World War, and died in the last year of the twentieth century. His lineage included a famous maternal great grandfather, Herman Melville, […]

The Postmodern Romantic

An Interview with Luis González Palma by Elizabeth Culbert A self-taught photographer from Guatemala, Luis González Palma creates expressive works of art that are often about contradiction. His portraits of Mayan Indians present a tragic vision of life that is full of pain and beauty. Often collaged with images of contemporary symbols, objects, and icons, […]