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Box Brown hits it out of the park once again with this graphic novel biography of the legendary Andy Kaufman.
Told in Brown's simple, yet charming illustration style, the story of Kaufman's life is told with a with a lot of love. Readers will see how Andy came to be infatuated with Elvis, pro wrestling, conga drums, all of which later became cornerstones of his unique comedy act.
The most attention here is paid to Andy's run as the InterGender Wrestling Champion, a title Andy bestowed upon himself. Kaufman's classic SNL skits are included, as is the notorious appearance he and Jerry The King Lawler made on David Letterman's show in the early 80s.
For anyone who has seem the Jim Carrey film "Man on the Moon", fans of Kaufman from his TV days, or just those who've heard of this boisterous outsider, "Is This Guy For Real?" is a fantastic way to spend an afternoon. ~ Reviewed by Chris Linendoll
The best biography of the notorious Compton gangsta rap group I've come across. Not only is each member of the group given substantial biographical attention, but the author also dives into the socio-politcal climate of the times in which NWA exploded. Tremendous research pulled from hundreds of interviews and sources makes this a perfect all-in-one primer for fans of the group, or those interested in learning more about how NWA changed the culture forever. ~ Reviewed by Chris Linendoll
I'm a big fan of this series of Japanese novellas from Pushkin Press. The themes and writing styles in these slim titles is often far different from the run-of-the-mill love stories and WWII dramas that seem to clog up most of the fiction shelves these days.
Bear and the Paving Stone was a wonderfully relaxing read, similar to Murakami at his most grounded. Two old friends spend time on a road trip catching up, and talking about old times. Nothing much happens.
To be fair, nothing much happens in either of the 3 stories in this collection. And that's what I love about it. Sometimes the simplest pleasure in life is a day when not much happens at all. ~ Reviewed by Chris Linendoll
Absolutely fantastic nonfiction.
This is a deep dive into not only the subculture of "sneakerheads" and such, but also a look back into the cultural history of sneakers/tennis shoes/etc and how they came to be ubiquitous.
Readers will not only get a look into how most of today's major sneaker companies like Nike, Adidas, Puma and such rose to prominence, but also sprinkled in are the stories of the creation of basketball, modern marathons, and long-lost spectator sports such as public walking.
I absolutely devoured this book. ~ Reviewed by Chris Linendoll