Reviews

Book Review: ‘How to Be Bored’ by Eva Hoffman

by Seth Rogovoy   Don’t let the provocative title of Eva Hoffman’s How to Be Bored fool you. Hoffman’s book is not a how-to for being bored, but rather a how-to of how to be when one finds oneself being bored. Or, more precisely, a manifesto in favor of “boredom” as opposed to its opposite…

TV Review: Hunting Nazis with Al Pacino in ‘Hunters’

by Seth Rogovoy   On paper it sounds like a car crash, a horrible disaster, or worse – a gross indecency that violates the memory of those who died in the Shoah. But in practice, Hunters, a new Prime Video 10-episode TV series starring Al Pacino leading a vigilante band of Nazi hunters and executioners,…

Books I Read in 2019

by Seth Rogovoy   I failed in my book-reading goals for 2019. Not necessarily by not reading a total of 50 books, which I had set out to accomplish, but in not keeping better track of what I read nor taking better notes about what I read. Suffice to say that I hope to begin…

Pinter’s ‘Betrayal’ Stays True to Itself

by Seth Rogovoy (NEW YORK CITY, N.Y., October 24, 2019) – Seeing the revival of Harold Pinter’s Betrayal currently on Broadway (at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, directed by Jamie Lloyd, running through December 8), reminds a theatergoer of the pleasures to be found in pure drama. By that I mean drama that isn’t about…

(Concert Review) Pretenders, MASS MoCA, 7.26.19

Pretenders MASS MoCA North Adams, Mass. Friday, July 26, 2019 Review by Seth Rogovoy NORTH ADAMS, Mass. – Forty-one years ago, after several false starts, Akron, Ohio-native Chrissie Hynde — having long since moved to London — finally succeeded in forming a band that could realize onstage and in the recording studio the sounds she…

My 2019 Reading List

by Seth Rogovoy Here’s a list of books I hope to read in the year 2019. Add to this list new books that attract my attention via reviews and personal recommendations; books I will need to read for journalism assignments; plus many dozens of books about George Harrison and the Beatles I will read for…

What I Read in 2018

By Seth Rogovoy I am both blessed and cursed in that my work determines to a large extent what I read. Since my work for the most part coincides with my interests, most of my “obligatory” reading or reading for research overlaps with what I might choose to read. On the other hand, my reading…

(Concert Review) Ani DiFranco, the Mahaiwe, 6.17.18

Ani DiFranco With Haley Heynderickx Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center Great Barrington, Mass. June 17, 2018 Review and photos by Seth Rogovoy (GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass., June 18, 2018) – For nearly 30 years, Ani DiFranco has been firing off manifestos-in-song about politics as well as odes to love and heartbreak (and, more recently, reflections on motherhood).…