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2.0 out of 5 stars Average looking Southern girl with an class!, Jan. 28 2004
This review is from: Thankful (Audio CD)
...would be my summary of the Kelly Clarkson image. I still have a bad taste in my mouth since watching her bahave on the World Idol earlier this month. What an embarrasment for the US! Between the eyes rolling and mad face directed towards the Norwegian boy, I couldn't even remember her performance.
Let's remember something here: this girl has no class!

Best of George Michael
Best of George Michael
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5.0 out of 5 stars The finest compilation ever made!, Dec 20 2002
This review is from: Best of George Michael (Audio CD)
Pete Waterman once said that the biggest mistakes "his" starlets and pop stars make is "aspiring to be George Michael over night when in fact there could only be one George Michael". The all-knowing Pete Waterman in this statement was mostly referring to the versatile talent that God has given to George Michael, a talent that begins with his incredible penmanship of his lyrics, deep enough to inspire thought and yet set accordingly within the parameters of good taste, and his distinctive voice that goes down like fine Parisian truffles, making us yearn for more.
I am hardly an obsessed fan of George Michael but I must say I have always appreciated his music. This CD has been playing in my car for almost five years now and I have no intensions of replacing it. Well, maybe with a new one since this one is getting to be pretty beat up.
I'll tell you what keeps me going back to listening to this wonderful mix of slow (my favourites) and dance numbers. It's the careful crafmanship of how this music was created. Nothing here happens by chance. The entire arrangment of all instrumental pieces falls right into place with the lyrics. Boy, how I adore the track "Cowboys and Angels", I could listen to it over and over again that I'm getting a little embarassed.
I wish George Michael could release his music more often but I suppose he isn't inspired much these days.

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5.0 out of 5 stars This compilation IS complete without THAT one song!, Dec 20 2002
This review is from: Unfaithful (Audio CD)
Ali Farka Toure's beautiful track isn't included in this amazing collection of pieces for a reason I accept, it doesn not stylistically fit into this genre of music. As much as it fits in the movie, it just wouldn't do much justice to include it here. For those of you who seem to have a problem with this arrangement, please buy a seperate CD.
Jan Kaczmarek is due much credit here. He is one of the most talented Polish composers of our time and along with his team of other Polish musicians that appeared on this CD, he has created a brilliant piece of art that shall remain as classic as the title movie itself.

Westchester Burning: Portrait of a Marriage
Westchester Burning: Portrait of a Marriage
by Amine Wefali
Edition: Hardcover
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1.0 out of 5 stars A Columbia student ??? I bet she never finished ..., Sept. 8 2002
... her creative writing course! Did Columbia really admitted her? Well, in that case, it proves the theory that the hardest part about Columbia is getting in.
Horrible writing! Awful sentence structure! Starting a sentence with AND and THAT THAT is not creative, it's sloppy, uninspiring and embarrassing! Why didn't this woman finish college? Did she get stuck on an English 101 class?

No Lifeguard on Duty: The Accidental Life of the World's First Supermodel
No Lifeguard on Duty: The Accidental Life of the World's First Supermodel
by Janice Dickinson
Edition: Hardcover
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not the brightest model out there!, Aug. 29 2002
There is no doubt that Janice Dickinson, even in her late fourties, is a stunning beauty, with her exoticaly shaped features and almond eyes. But her intellectual level is an illustration of immaturity, naivete and most probably all the drugs she took over the years that quickly killed most of her brain cells. What was she thinking when she decided to write this book (considering it wasn't actually her that penned the words but some moron writer who decided to "capture in almost Janice's "spirit" by using words such as f** and s** in almost every sentence)? Did she desperately need money for a new house or something? And who is supposed to be the recipient of this trash? Middle aged women, aspiring models or horny men?
The only message Janice delivers clearly is that she is not a thinking woman. She slept around for decades, took endless supplies of every drug imaginable, has three failed marriages and two children out of wedlock behind her, oh and the disputable title of the first supermodel (I personally thought it was Naomi Campbell that holds the title). She blames all this shame on her abusive father. I say, get over it, old woman!
The funniest parts are towards the end of the book where Janice makes a weak attempt to be philosophical about her wasted life. "I made my share of mistakes but I'm proud of who I am today". Well, who are you? What is your contribution to this society?
If you're tempted to buy this book because of the nude pictures, buy it, scan it and return it proudly.

Beauty Fades/Dumb Is Forever: The Making of a Happy Woman
Beauty Fades/Dumb Is Forever: The Making of a Happy Woman
by Judy Sheindlin
Edition: Paperback
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2.0 out of 5 stars Her TV show appeals to working class strictly..., March 16 2002
J.J. remainds me of another Jewish "self proclaimed guru" named Dr. Laura (love her). They both came from working class background, they both struggled through their 30-ies to achieve a decent career, they both pride themselves on the "no nonsense" approach to life and finally both of them have good agents, publicist and publishers.
Judge Judy's audience is mainly made up of unemployed, working class or simply people who have nothing better to do but to watch her TV show that airs sometime during day hours (that's why the unemployed watch it and those with battered egos tape it, because you can't be making $10/ hr and have a decent level of self esteem). Her targets are right on the target!
Judy shouts, yells, preaches, annoys and lifts her eyebrow. "How stupid do you have to be"? she wonders often. There is a sub chapter in her book devoted to the concept of being called "stupid". "The worst offense growing up.." Judy recalls, "..was to be called stupid". Hmmm... the worst offense should still be calling a reader or viewer stupid.
Judy prides herself in being a Judge. She cannot stop bragging about how this measures her success. Judge Judy!, there are thousands of Judges in this country and graduating from mediocre law school really isn't all that hard! You didn't discover a cure for AIDS!
Judy calls herself objective but fails to remain as such when she calls herself "attractive but not gorgeous". Hmmm, subjective old lady.
Judy forgets to elaborate on her failed marriages and two divorces...
Judy writes in her book about a 60 year old lady who graduated from medical school and wanted to thank her for inspiration (or something like that). JUDY! One cannot get into medical school after 38!!!!!! Did your editor or writer overlook it?

Some of Me
Some of Me
by Isabella Rossellini
Edition: Hardcover
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3.0 out of 5 stars european grace, April 25 2001
This review is from: Some of Me (Hardcover)
Isabella was fired from Lancome because the American market isn't open to the idea of 40 year old representing their products. In France, 50 year old Brigitte Bardot and Catherine Deneuve (ahh Deneuve...) have both been equal symbols of sex and obsession for decades. In America it is quite different. Isabella knew that going into the contract with Lancome. She knew that one day she would have to be replaced by younger and slimmer Uma Thurmans of the World. Perhaps it isn't fair but that's how the american market operates (oh c'mon beauty, youth and sex sells). I found her analysis on the subjec almost phony. But the real reason I read the book is that I find both her parents Bergman and Rossellinia true exemple of pure European grace. I, therefore, certainly appreciated the antecdotes and memories.

In a Sunburned Country
In a Sunburned Country
by Bill Bryson
Edition: Hardcover
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1.0 out of 5 stars I'm offended he didn't bother talking to Aboriginies, April 14 2001
This review is from: In a Sunburned Country (Hardcover)
Lazy lazy! How can Bryson dare having an opinion on Aboriginies when he doesn't take the time to talk to one of them. He doesn't bother visiting Tasmania or Brisbane therefore his journey cannot be complete... Oppose to his previous literary works I find this one a lazy boring unispiring read. His sense of humour is gone as well. I wish he didn't hurry so much to meet his publishing deadline.

Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal
Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal
by Eric Schlosser
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars very informative using alarming statistics, March 21 2001
I think each and everyone of us who has ever tasted anything from a fast food place (so is there anyone who doesn't apply?), knows them but still chooses to deny the facts about how meals are "assemled" in the great fast food factory. And the facts remain:"...the shakes and sodas begin as..syrups..the quacamole isn't made by workers in the kitchen, it's made at a factory in Michacin, Mexico...the beans are dehydrated and look like brownish corn flakes. The cooking process is fairly simple: Everything's just add water!". Mr.Schoesser has spend 2 years researching the material for this book. it covers everything from the beginning of McDonald-Karcher era to the modern day sloughter-houses where every hour ~ 400 cattles are being butchered. I'm glad that I've finally sat down to read this book. It provides you with most valuable information on the subject of not only fast food industry but why a human arm is worth $36,000! (Chapter 8, must read). I also recommend John Connor's "Fodd Processing: An Industrial Powerhouse in Transition".

French Toast: An American in Paris Celebrates the Maddening Mysteries of the French
French Toast: An American in Paris Celebrates the Maddening Mysteries of the French
by Harriet Welty Rochefort
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars to the point, March 5 2001
I find Mrs.Rochefort's book to be accurate (with a few exaggerations here and there). I think the author has "nailed" successfully the analysis of the main perceptions Americans have towards the French and vice versa. It is wonderfully refreshing to see the observations of the life overseas to be objective and to the point. I have read numerous attempts to portray life in France ("From Paris to the Moon" is one of them) and this one, even though short, comes out as a winner. By the way, my French friends and family always have thought that Americans could improve their savoir-faire& vivre and so it happens the author diplomatically explains where that change should take place (like for example eating pizza with a fork and knife-after all, Italians do it!). So if anything else, one could learn about a proper etiquette from this book (if one needs to learn that is). I should add the book is overpriced, however. For barely 120 pages almost $20. I returned it.

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