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Classic novelist returns with historically vivid story

By | Oct 23, 2009

Some may remember being required to read E.L. Doctorow’s colorful account of New York City during the turn of the century in “Ragtime.” While it’s no required reading, Doctorow’s newest novel, “Homer & Langley,” is a must for contemporary reading audiences who enjoy his work. In the book, he tells his fictionalized version of the…


Ithacappella rocks stage at Block 1 concert

By | Sep 29, 2009

At 7:45 p.m. Friday, the line of a cappella-hungry college students and parents stretched through Campus Center past Grand Central Café and snaked around to the Information Desk. At 7:50 p.m., two men in shirts and ties informed the eager audience that there was no more room. The Block 1 Ithacapella concert started at 8…


Mountain Goats rock the college

By | Sep 24, 2009

A large crowd sat cross-legged on the floor of Emerson Suites Friday — chatting with lights dimmed above. The room was in a wash of blue as music played gently in the background. The atmosphere was one of excited calmness as the crowd waited for The Mountain Goats to perform. As opening act Emily Arin…


British pop princess remakes image

By | Feb 24, 2009

Lily Allen was set up as the prime target of the British tabloids during 2008. Since her debut album “Alright Still” was released in 2006, Allen has had a miscarriage and has been accused of a drinking and partying problem, proving that she has been anything but alright. However, she managed to take out all…


Diet book restates helpful advice

By | Feb 20, 2009

“Your Big Fat Boyfriend,” a new book by Ithaca College alumna Jenna Bergen, reads more like a chat between girlfriends than a book on dieting and exercise. Inspired by her horror the day her “totally hot, erase-10-pounds, make-my-ass-look-amazing” jeans began to expose an unsightly “muffin top” of triple chocolate chunk proportions, Bergen weaves together anecdotes…


Parkie infuses school spirit into blossoming fashion line

By | Nov 21, 2008

Everybody likes a good T-shirt. A blank white tee is a canvas for art, expression and even humor. Add some color, design and a catchy phrase or two, and a shirt can become a marketable masterpiece. Ithaca College may already have a campus bookstore full of nicely designed T-shirts, but a new designer on campus…


‘Paper Towns’ rejuvenates young adult novels for all

By | Nov 14, 2008

The young-adult genre has been riddled with uninspiring novels that lack any kind of creativity or originality. Shuffling through the mundane “Gossip Girl” spin-offs and “Twilight” rip-offs has made finding a substantive novel as easy as finding a needle in a haystack. John Green is one of the few young-adult authors who has the ability…


‘The Development’ isn’t just for grandmothers

By | Nov 7, 2008

From within the metal gates and keypad entrance of a gated community, John Barth’s new book, “The Development” ($18.40), eloquently shatters all images of the golden age of retirement with sarcasm and wit. Presenting the dark reality of life as it heads into decline, Barth displays the less-glorious side of getting older. Hailed by critics…


J.J. Abrams’ latest lacks originality

By | Sep 18, 2008

Generally, when a plane is shown on a prime-time drama, the flight doesn’t end well — especially if the scene plays before the opening credits. J.J. Abrams set the precedent with the hit drama “Lost.” True to form, J.J. Abrams’s new sci-fi thriller “Fringe,” which premiered Tuesday, Sept. 9 on FOX, begins with an ill-fated…


Book gives outsiders uneasy peek into music business

By | Apr 4, 2008

With the possible exceptions of Tipper Gore, cops and Scott Stapp, there’s no greater enemy to rock ’n’ roll than corporate suits: faceless, fun-hating squares who refer to bands as products and albums as units. Yet, according to Dan Kennedy in his new book, “Rock On: An Office Power Ballad,” these are the people who…


Rudimentary career book misses target audience

By | Mar 28, 2008

A major part of college is partying and having the time of your life. When you hit senior year and realize you’ll soon be entering the dreaded “real world,” the partying usually gets stepped up a notch in a desperate attempt to ignore the inevitable. Author David J. Rosen understands the panic and outlines some…


Mars Volta reaches new heights

By | Feb 7, 2008

Listening to the Mars Volta is a lot like trying to piece together a jigsaw puzzle in the middle of a hurricane. The band’s explosive compositions are equal parts mathematical logic and natural disaster, a constant zigzag between focused polyrhythmic breakdowns and the spastic drone of buzz-saw guitars. “The Bedlam in Goliath,” the band’s latest…