Unlikely Angel

Dolly Parton is an Unlikely Angel and a prolific songwriter. She has written literally thousands of songs. In fact, she vows, “I write everyday. I will do that till the day I die, whether anybody buys them or hears those songs till after I’m dead. I’m dead serious about myContinue Reading

Kusama

In the 1940s and 1950s, mental health issues were often ignored. A Japanese artist named Kusama heard voices, had panic attacks, and suffered from hallucinations. Why? It is a chicken and an egg question. Did Kusama’s mental health issues drive her mother to be strict? Or did her mother’s harshContinue Reading

American Sherlock

Oscar Heinrich was an American Sherlock Holmes. Though he believed Holmes used intuition rather than science to solve his cases. Heinrich opened the first private crime lab in the US. He invented blood-splatter analysis and ballistics while proving that a fingerprint could be relied on as evidence. American Sherlock isContinue Reading

A Marvelous Life

Comic book and Marvel movie fans rejoice! A definitive biography of Stan Lee, particularly his Marvel years, is here! Stan Lee, creator of iconic superheroes like Spider-Man and Iron Man truly led A Marvelous Life. Beginning with his poverty-stricken childhood and ending with the lawsuits for elder abuse still waitingContinue Reading

Art of Being Bill

Bill Murray’s movie career is explored along with various artists’ interpretations of him in numerous media in the Art of Being Bill. Bill’s life (in movies at least) is broken up chronologically into eight chapters: The Jester The Thinker The Intense The Charming The Exasperated The Melancholy The Complex TheContinue Reading

Inseparable: The Original Siamese Twins and Their Rendezvous with American History

Meticulously researched biography about the world’s most famous conjoined twins. Chang and Eng were joined by a small tube of skin and shared a liver. Today they would have been separated soon after birth. In the early 1800s, they were purchased from their Chinese/Siamese mother for $500. They were shippedContinue Reading

Prince and the Purple Rain Era Studio Sessions

Like Beetlejuice’s The Handbook for the Living and the Dead, “this thing reads like stereo instructions”. But if the stereo instructions show Prince behind the scenes, it is worth spending a bit of time reading inconsequential details.  Prince and the Purple Rain Era Sessions: 1983 and 1984 describes what PrinceContinue Reading