University Of Illinois Press

D. Harlan Wilson has written a compelling study of the often dystopian work of English novelist, short-story and science fiction writer J.G. Ballard, author of “Empire of the Sun.” more

Jan 23, 2018 2:08 PM Books

In this illustrated monograph, architecture professor Thomas Leslie examines the architecture of the Italian artist-engineer who was called a “poet of concrete.” more

Dec 19, 2017 2:08 PM Books

History professor Louis Moore reconstructs a lost prize-fighting subculture. more

Oct 24, 2017 1:35 PM Books

music history, rock history, reggae, soul music, R&B, gospel music, musician biographies, Bob Marley and The Wailers: The Ultimate Illustrated History, Voyageur Press, Richie Unterberger, Don’t Give Your Heart to a Rambler: My Life with Jim... more

Sep 8, 2017 11:19 AM Books

John Rodden spends altogether too many words defending the existence of his slender book, Of G-Men and Eggheads: The FBI and the New York Intellectuals, which investigates FBI surveillance of three prominent midcentury intellectuals: Lionel... more

Mar 14, 2017 1:10 PM Books

Although Alfred Bester wrote a batch of much admired science fiction stories and novels, including The Demolished Man (1952) and The Stars My Destination (1957), many within the genre viewed him as an outsider. In his compact biography, Alf... more

Feb 14, 2017 3:50 PM Books

The boundaries of film noirremain contentious, especially when considering what to include in the canonand what to omit. Likewise, the end date for the genre’s “classic era.” Despitethe evidence of great noirs from the 19.. more

Jan 9, 2017 7:18 PM I Hate Hollywood

Music makes a great gift and has become more than a stocking stuffer, given the bulk of the career-spanning LP-CD box sets being released. This article canvasses some recently released CD-LP box sets as well as some newly published music-re... more

Nov 29, 2016 3:15 PM Around MKE

PaulThomas Anderson was routinely classed with the generation of post-StevenSoderbergh indie filmmakers that emerged in the ‘90s. But as George Toleswrites in Paul Thomas Anderson , the director’s “stronger, more importanta.. more

Sep 2, 2016 1:55 PM I Hate Hollywood

Cole Porter’s best songs achieved a perfect marriage of words and music, combining lyrical wit and sympathy with sophisticated harmonies, melodies and rhythms. The essays collected in A Cole Porter Companion get beyond the songwriter’s admi... more

Aug 16, 2016 3:08 PM Books

Whatlink could exist between Charlie Chaplin and Iggy Pop? Don’t forget: Pop gainedprominence in a band called The Stooges, which suggests a chain of cause andeffect. In Slapstick Modernism: Chaplin to Kerouac to Iggy Pop (published.. more

Aug 9, 2016 2:30 PM I Hate Hollywood

In Mussolini’s Army in the French Riviera: Italy’s Occupation of France, Emanuele Sica from Canada’s Royal Military College examines Italy’s World War II adventure in France and finds an army whose men were eager to fraternize with the nati... more

Aug 2, 2016 2:37 PM Books

Part two of Roger Daniels’ magisterial examination of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s presidency, Franklin D. Roosevelt: The War Years, 1939-1945, recounts a familiar story. FDR cautiously inched the U.S. toward World War II by supporting the Weste... more

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