Bob Levin is an attorney, now retired, and writer. His most recent book, <i>Most Outrageous: The Trials and Trespasses of Dwaine Tinsley and Chester the Molester, </i>was called "the most criminally neglected book of 2008" by <i>Robot 6.</i> He lives in Berkeley, California. His website is at www.theboblevin.com.
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'Ray Donovan' packs an unexpected punch
The writing on the wall
Some props on Showtime's boxing drama 'Ray Donovan' led Bob Levin to dig up Philly's boxing history and his own memories.
Bob Dylan at the Borgata and Mann Center
Bob's your uncle
Bob Levin caught Bob Dylan's tour in California before it arrives here. He was impressed by Dylan's new energy. The set list, however, left him with a few questions.
Peter Kurt Woerner's 'Odyssey,' a visual diary
The road goes on
American Institute of Architects fellow Peter Kurt Woerner uses memories and line drawings to chronicle his Odyssey. Bob Levin remembers him from Friends Central's class of 1960.
Daniel James Brown’s ‘Boys in the Boat’
The kids who (sort of) beat Hitler
Did an American crew really thrill the world by whipping Hitler’s elite rowers in 1936? Daniel James Brown’s account is long on metaphors and hype but short on persuasive research.
Jill Leovy's 'Ghettoside'
The killing fields
From Bryant Tennellle’s murder through the trial of his accused killers, Ghettoside unwinds as a superior police procedural. The author's recommendations for solving the epidemic of black-on-black murder, however, are questionable.
'The Burglary' by Betty Medsger
Breaking and entering
The extent and nature of J. Edgar Hoover's surveillance of peaceful protesters were unknown until seven antiwar activists broke into the Media FBI office in 1971. The documents the burglars took provided the signposts to investigate Hoover's horrifying subversion of the Constitution.
Showtime's 'Masters of Sex'
Sex, lies, and Showtime
The extent of how fast and loose Showtime's Masters of Sex adaptation plays with the truth makes Oliver Stone appear a better bet to satisfy Diogenes than any of those responsible for this fib-a-thon.
Elijah Wald's 'Dylan Goes Electric!'
Dylan made it okay to like rock ’n’ roll. He carried the intellectual endorsements to make those who’d disparaged or abandoned rock regard it anew. And he had the genius to make those still-popping fingers rethink rock’s capabilities.
Renee Blitz's 'Poet of Transparency'
Kafka in the hot tub
Renee Blitz's creations — stories? feuilletons? a unit? — lack what we usually expect of prose, or poetry, or even the customary avant-garde.
Misleidys Pedroso: Musculatura Viva at Galerie Christian Berst
The marvel and the albatross
Born deaf, Misleidys Pedroso does not speak, read, or write. She expresses her needs or feelings through the simplest signs. She spends most of each day at home, creating art.
From the New Deal to Citizens United
Several million dollars for your thoughts
I had been calling Citizens United the worst Supreme Court decision of the past 50 years in its likely social devastation. But perhaps I was mistaken. Maybe Citizens just confirmed what America had already become.
'Charlie Hebdo' and other bad news
News at 11
We are all people. We all share this planet and this trip. I do not know how to stop us from killing one another, but I have an idea about how to stop in those being terrorized the desire to bust down other people’s doors in retaliation.