Category: Nonfiction

David Lynch’s Room to Dream

As one might well expect from a book about the life and work of the eccentric auteur David Lynch, Room to Dream is by turns hilarious, heartbreaking, and a little strange. Biography and memoir in one, each chapter contains two sections separated by three or four pages of black-and-white photos from the time period covered in the chapter. First, we get a well-researched and clearly-presented biographical take featuring input from Lynch’s friends, family members, and collaborators. Former L.A. Times journalist Kristine McKenna does a fine job of keeping the story of Lynch’s improbable rise moving along. She gets out of the

Punk-Poets and Poet-Punks: A Review of Daniel Kane’s Do You Have a Band?

Maybe you’ve had the same experience, you go looking for a book you are sure someone must have written only to find that no such book exists. No one has written it yet. A few years ago, I wanted to learn more about the interconnections between the early days of punk rock and the poetry scene in New York City in the Seventies. This, in part, grew out of research for a project. I was searching for information to help establish a backstory timeline for the poet-professor parents of the protagonist of my then novel-in-progress/now novel-in-search-of-an-agent Gangs With Greek Names.  I was

Because: A Review of Matthew Zapruder’s Why Poetry

Part literary criticism, part memoir about how he found his way into the life of a poet, Matthew Zapruder’s Why Poetry is a good read for anyone who loves poetry and would like a reminder of why. It is also a good read for those who feel they’ve never understood poetry and would like to try again. Here is how the introduction begins: “‘I have a confession to make: I don’t really understand poetry.’ For over twenty-five years, I have heard this said, over and over in slightly different ways, by friends, family, colleagues, strangers I met in bars and at dinner