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Chris McCormick writes to the specific but evokes the universal.

'Desert Boys': Snapshots of a life in defiance of—and in weird love with—its roots

May 18th, 2016

Chris McCormick writes to the specific but evokes the universal.

  • Seay splendidly evokes Venice, Las Vegas' Venetian and Venice, California in The Mirror Thief.

  • A founding father of the Beat Generation, McClure rolled with Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg.

  • The book focuses on the Hoover Dam's lead contractor, the W.A. Bechtel Co., whose descendent entities have mastered the art of the massive government contract.

  • Cudmore’s love for the mixtape shines through this play on the cozy, as does her love of Brooklyn and romance.

  • Hadley organized her book into three parts: “The Present,” “The Past” and “The Present.” Because, you see, past is prologue, and all that.

  • "A mashup of disparate souls trying to capture greatness for a moment."

  • The Weekly's book critic picks his favorite reads of 2015.

  • She takes care to consider how history’s turns affected women, slaves, conquered peoples and millions of unheralded and powerless Romans.

  • Page after page of a visual compromise between flat, angular cartooning and rich, vibrant painting.

  • An offhand touch and the plot's peculiar circumstances help lighten the sometimes dark story.

  • The author's new collection is creepy, titillating and impossible to put down.

  • Art history as a continual unfolding of ideas and forms is just one of the author's concerns.

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