Hell Mouth at Earbox


The composer John Adams, who proved himself a deft writer in his autobiography, Hallelujah Junction, published last year and out in paperback in a couple of weeks, has found a new home for his prose in the Hellmouth blog at his site, earbox.com. Mozart, Frank Zappa, and Proust turn up, and Theodore Adorno meets Sean Hannity. And we learn that Adams is delivering this year's Tanner Lectures on Human Values at Yale.


See John Adams's blog here.


Read our interview with Adams on Hallelujah Junction here.




July 24: On this day in 1725 John Newton, the slave trader-preacher who wrote the hymn "Amazing Grace," was born.

Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
Paradise and Elsewhere

Canadian short story marvel Kathy Page emerges as the Alice Munro of the supernatural from these heartfelt tales of shapeshifting swimmers, mild-mannered cannibals, and personality-shifting viruses transmitted through kisses.


When a persuasive pastor arrives in a sleepy farm town, his sage influence has otherworldly results (talking sheep, a mayor who walks on water). But can he pull off the miracle of finding kindly local Liz Denny the love of her life?  Small wonder looms large in this charmer from Andre Alexis.

The Hundred-Year House

When a poetry scholar goes digging through the decrepit estate of his wife's family to uncover a bygone arts colony's strange mysteries, he awakens a tenacious monster: his mother-in-law. A wickedly funny take on aging aristocracies from author Rebecca Makkai (The Borrower).