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Monday, June 30, 2008
The Michigan Daily - michigandaily.com

BOOKS
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This Week on Ingalls Mall

Refusing Heaven by Jack Gilbert: Relatively unknown even to irritatingly vocal
intellectuals, Jack Gilbert is nonetheless one of the best poets of the age. Even for
someone with no background in poetry or analysis at all, Gilbert is understandable
and fascinating. His poems are staggeringly personal, somehow touching both author=
and reader. Subjects range from the feeling of Greece in the darkness to longing after
a faraway lover, all written crisply and concisely, with hardly a hint of the frustrating
ambiguity so common to poetry. A touch of death, the silence of night, the closeness
of Paris - what Gilbert writes is clear, crisp, and eminently intelligent. If you want a
new way of looking at the world, this is it.
When You Are Engulfed In Flames by David Sedaris: Written on a small pam-
phiet tucked away in author David Sedaris' drawer at a high-end Asian hotel, several
warnings detailed how to act in given situations. One, of course, was the cautionary
advice for "When you are engulfed in flames" and serves as the title for his newest book.
Whether you know his name or not, Sedaris is a fundamental part of our culture's con-
temporary humor, and the humborous vignettes that make up the book are accordingly
close to home. They're all the funnier for that: language troubles, his partner Hugh and
the strange misadventures of an expanding society all feature. Irreverent and matter-of-
factly funny, Sedaris' jokes are especially good for summer parties.

Wednesday, July 2nd
Michigan-based band Great
Lakes Myth Society (they
signed to Ann Arbor record
company Quack!Media in
2007) will be playing from
8:15-9:30 p.m. this Wednesday.
According to the band's
MySpace page, its music is a
blend of "muscular English
folk-rock, pine-kissed Northern
Americana and Midwest grit."
Tinged with gothic undertones
and often inspired by Michi-
gan legends, its songs are oddly
beautiful affairs that will appeal
to those who like their folk with
a hip, modern - not to men-
tion sometimes bleak - edge.

Friday, July 4th
Another Ann Arbor-
based band, the Afro-beat-
driven NOMO, will be
performing from 9-11 p.m.
The Detroit Free Press said
of them: "Nomo pushes the
envelope and comes up with
something truly special."
Mixing tribal rhythms with
jazzyChicago-stylebrass,NOMO
distinguishes itself thanks to
offbeat experimentation and a
sometimes unpredictable lineup
of instruments and wild beats.
Check out its four LPs on
iTunes and then swing by on
Friday to hear the group belt out
its toe-tapping compositions.

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