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BOOK REVIEW – Driven by James Sallis

By Marty Mulrooney

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Driven is an American crime novel written by James Sallis. It is the sequel to his 2005 novel Drive, which was recently made into a critically acclaimed major motion picture starring Ryan Gosling. Shifting location from L.A. to Phoenix, the story picks up seven years after Driver finished his revenge spree against those who double-crossed him. Now calling himself Paul West and running a successful business, he is suddenly drawn back into the life of violence he thought he had left behind when his fiancée is brutally murdered on a hot Saturday morning.

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BOOK REVIEW – Drive by James Sallis

By Marty Mulrooney

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Drive is a 2005 novella by American crime writer James Sallis which was recently adapted into a major motion picture starring Ryan Gosling. Set in L.A, it tells the story of a man known only as ‘Driver’, who is a Hollywood stunt driver for movies by day and a getaway driver for criminals by night. In classic noir fashion he is double-crossed when a robbery goes horrifically wrong, setting in motion a series of events that will irrevocably lead him down a road of revenge and violence, forcing him to break his strictly enforced code. “I drive. That’s what I do. All I do.”

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FILM REVIEW – Drive

By Marty Mulrooney

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Drive is a film directed by Nicolas Winding Refn starring Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Ron Perlman, Bryan Cranston, Christina Hendricks and Albert Brooks. Driver (Ryan Gosling) is a Hollywood stunt driver by day, getaway driver by night. He is the best in the business. Both businesses. When he moves into his new L.A. apartment, he befriends neighbour Irene (Carey Mulligan) and her son Benicio (Kaden Leos). He drives them everywhere and often watches Benicio while Irene works. The quiet, reclusive Driver seems happy. Then Irene’s husband, Standard (Oscar Isssac), is released from jail…

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MUSIC REVIEW – Recovery by Eminem

By Joseph Viney

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We all know the routine by now: “Will the real Slim Shady please stand up?”, “Hi, my name is…”. The man who’s first two major-label albums were eponymous has always been keen to introduce and re-introduce himself to his audience. After the first two albums, both of which were savage, rhythmic and dazzlingly coherent, Eminem descended into something of a rough patch.

He aimed his ire at George Bush and the War On Terror (Mosh), conflicts between fellow rappers (Like Toy Soldiers) and finally lapsed into some truly dreadful self-referential work that bordered on parody (Just Lose It, Without Me). After the tired efforts of the previous two LPs Encore and Relapse, surely the time is right for the comeback of the man who caused such a storm of controversy when he was turned loose on the mainstream consciousness?

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