In 1994, when naked cellists and what-not graced the stages of Moscow night clubs, the last thing Russians wanted was adult supervision, least of all the hectoring pieties of a bearded old crank by the name of Solzhenitsyn. They didn't want to hear about abuses in Chechnya, kick-backs and corruption, or repentance and salvation. What they really wanted was better telenovellas and more Ace of Base.
The Revolution in Art/The Washington Post
Public indifference and a zealous use of cement have conspired to create an ugly little island. Japan's once hazy, delicate landscape -- immortalized in those spartan strokes of black ink -- has been bulldozed, tweaked and pruned, paved over, dammed up and micromanaged into oblivion...This grim account comes not from the lips of local elders, but from the pen of Alex Kerr, a 46-year-old American, whose popular book "Lost Japan" has vaulted him onto a soapbox for cultural reform.
The High Price of Modernization/The Baltimore Sun
To read James Joyce’s “Ulysses” is a slow-burning migraine, a dull interminable torture of unrelenting tedium, gratuitous tangents, narrative dead-ends, turgid self-celebratory wordplay, and opaque artistic narcissism. It’s also considered one the greatest novels of the 20th century — even by some who have read it.
Literary Wake for Joyce's Ulysses/The Washington Times