Massachusetts Daily Collegian

Jay-Z tells all in “Decoded”

By Garth Brody

December 2, 2010

Filed under Words

Jay-Z is a titan of hip-hop, and he knows it, and he knows that all of you know it, too. And in his new book, he is ready to level with you about what it all means. The book is called “Decoded,” and even for a rappe...

“Master of Shadows:” deeper than the normal spy-thriller

By Andrew Cogan

October 21, 2010

Filed under Words

Despite what James Bond would have us believe, the real-life games of espionage often have little to do with fast cars, beautiful women, and unnecessarily large explosions – but that doesn’t mean the work is dry, either....

“The Humbling” is a smashing success

By Mark Schiffer

October 20, 2010

Filed under Arts & Living, Words

Philip Roth has long intertwined his literary world with his personal. From the Zuckerman novels, whose titular character’s past and profession closely mirrors that of his creator, to the frequently used New York/New Jersey setti...

Tucker Max fails to ‘finish first’

By Kate Evans

October 14, 2010

Filed under Words

You either worship the ground he walks on, or wish to file a lawsuit against him. Tucker Max is easily one of the most simultaneously despised and admired authors of our generation. Max’s first book, “I Hope They Serve Beer in He...

Meghan McCain shows readers the darker side of politics

By Kate MacDonald

October 6, 2010

Filed under Words

Meghan McCain, daughter of 2008 Republican presidential nominee John McCain, gives her fans a behind-the-scenes look at campaigning in her new tell-all “Dirty Sexy Politics.” The book, dedicated to her parents, tells the often untold story of ...

Eaarth makes people think

By Lily Hicks

September 13, 2010

Filed under Words

Look up “global warming plus grandchildren” on Google and you’ll find 585,000 responses, writes environmentalist Bill McKibben in his newest book, “Eaarth.” Politicians and movie critics from the likes of Bill Clinton...

A beer with El Presidente

By Justin Gagnon

April 29, 2010

Filed under Music, Words

College students need to follow a lot of rules: study hard, get involved, apply for internships and don’t party too much. If we don’t follow these rules, we’re told that we won’t make it in the real world. There is an except...

A look into the everyday life of Emily Dickinson

By Lindsay Orlov

April 21, 2010

Filed under Words

In today’s world of cell phones, laptops and cable television, it’s sometimes easy to forget Amherst’s past. Certainly, the Pioneer Valley remains an area dominated by a rural, agrarian lifestyle. A five-minute drive down...

How to name your smoking pipe

By Tappan Parker

April 19, 2010

Filed under Arts & Living, Do-it-yourself, Lifestyle, Words

So, you bought a tobacco pipe over the weekend at Extravaganja. But like any good bowl or pipe, it will need a name that signifies its importance in your life. So how do you go about figuring out that name? Naming a pipe is...

Life of late Massachusetts poet revealed

By Lindsay Orlov

April 19, 2010

Filed under Arts & Living, Lifestyle, Words

In today’s world of cell phones, laptops and cable television, it’s sometimes easy to forget Amherst’s past. Certainly, the Pioneer Valley remains an area dominated by a rural, agrarian lifestyle. A five-minute drive down...

Handler soars to the top of the Best Sellers List with a “Bang”

By Kate MacDonald

March 30, 2010

Filed under Arts & Living, Words

Though many know comedienne Chelsea Handler for her late night hilarity on the Entertainment Network’s “Chelsea Lately,” she has found her niche in memoir writing. Her third book, “Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang,” hit the...

‘How to Win Friends and Influence People’ still a relevant source of advice

By Andrew Cogan

March 29, 2010

Filed under Arts & Living, Words

“How to Win Friends and Influence People,” by Dale Carnegie, is a book on why generosity is the greatest good you can do to yourself and others. Its lessons are simple, easy to understand and readily applicable in everyday...