THE ELECTRIC REVIEW is an on-line
book and music broadside dedicated to the promotion of the fine arts and
academia. The magazine will offer monthly critiques of recent book and music
releases, offering readers a broad sampling of material while presenting
writers and musicians of all genres a more equitable chance for publicity.
In pursuit of this, reviews are written not so much in a
formula style, but rather in a manner meant to stress the
underlying themes of the material: our goal is simply to make the
reader excited about the possibilities these books and records hold.
The need for The Electric
Review is obvious and long over-due.
Artists, no matter how big the name, are at the mercy of the devious
corporate politics that drive our mainstream media. Those writers with small
publishers, or those whose work bears a "non-commercial" label, often
receive no attention at all -- their efforts wholly undiscovered, their
books wallowing in waste in putrid obscurity.
But the immorality of this system pierces still deeper: An artist held
back from public view has, in reality, been intentionally silenced.
His tongue's been cut out. It's a crime levied against our collective soul
against our collective conscience. And this, then, brings us to the relevant
mission of The Electric Review - to allow
writers and musicians a platform through which to reclaim their
voices, presenting them with the opportunity to be heard.
The Electric Review focuses on all
aspects of book publishing, and each "issue" of the Review contains
critical analysis on books from various subject areas (including textbooks
in all academic fields). In addition, new authors and works of fiction are
given special consideration as a means to promote books and writers who
otherwise would be ignored by the conventional print media. The same
approach is taken when reviewing music, as we attempt to expand the things
you see and hear.
The goal of The
Electric Review is, simply, to further literacy and compel the world at
large to read - encouraging you to immerse the echoes of your breath in the
salty beauty of language in her ripe sweet ever-changing essence. And going
a step further, The Electric
Review strives to resuscitate the mind, spotlighting the best in
academic and general trade titles, pointing you to worthwhile books in your
area of interest. What you'll find here are honest and probing assessments
addressing myriad subjects of deep social importance, the pages devoid of
slap-in-the face graphics and flash imagery; instead, the intent is to forego the flash so that the writing
might command your complete attention. The magazine is designed this way
(without commercial motive) so that the review-capsules exist as mere moments in time: This single pebble
of thought this intellectual pool of knives meant to enlighten all true
sides of heart & soul.
In sum, this is a non-commercial site: Existing like the
poetry of Kenneth Patchen or Robert Duncan, its sole objective to scale the
naked mountains of pure intellectual enlightenment (my sole and complete
purpose to inspire the bloom of eternal imagination while helping to shed
light on the sacred paths of both Nation and Self).
Aiello has been a practicing journalist for well over 30 years, with an
interest/expertise in the Beat Generation and post-20th century
the course of his career, he has published material on the fine arts
music, film and popular culture), in addition to science, psychology,
biology, medicine, religion, business, law, government, the social
the Constitution, civil rights, abuse of power by police, and
the insurance industry (as a consultant). Educated at College of The
Siskiyous, Southern Oregon State University and San Francisco State
University, Aiello has published his work in the San Francisco
(as well as the San Francisco Examiner /Chronicle - Sunday
Edition), Jack Magazine (with links to Big Bridge),
McClure-Manzarek.com, Larry Keenan's Dead Beat Picture Gallery
(introducing Keenan's photo feature), the San Francisco Daily Journal,
the American Muse, the Siskiyou Pioneer, the San Jose Mercury News, Produce
Health Interactive, the Beat Page, Mule Deer Foundation Magazine, the Auburn Journal, Auburn Journal
Extra, the Mount Shasta Herald, the North Bay Bohemian, The
University of California, San Francisco Medical Center's website (for the complete article, see the link: www.ucsfhealth.org/adult/profiles/h.html
), California Wine and
Food, BookZen, North American Precis Syndicate, Taste
California Travel, TNT's Drama Lounge, Chico News & Review,
Reno News & Review, the Redding Record Searchlight, Wavelength Magazine,
Griots.net, the Sacramento Bee and the Los Angeles Daily Journal. He was
also the National Correspondent for the American Muse and
contributed significantly to both the magazine's genesis and evolution
before it ceased operations in 2002. Additionally, countless reviews written
by Aiello have been excerpted and used by publishers, authors and record
labels in the course of marketing their products. Aiello's work is known
among writers, publishers, literary agents and publicists who trust that his
critiques will be fair-minded and thorough and his knowledge of the subject
matter complete. Many well-established and award-winning authors have
championed his work, including Michael McClure, Michael Baughman and Peter
Sussman, as well as the late Herb Caen, the late Richard Hemp, the late
Arthur Hoppe, the late Allan Temko and the late Allen Ginsberg. In the
summer of 2001, Aiello retired from his position at the San Francisco
Chronicle, having spent over 14 years working in the newsroom there.
Presently, Aiello continues to publish The Electric Review
(having launched the magazine in 2003), further showcasing some of his
journalism in various print-based newspapers and on-line magazines
throughout the country. In addition, Aiello is preparing a book-length
manuscript of his own poetry for commercial publication.
FROM RAT'S NOTEBOOK is a column from the desk of the Editor, and
content here will evolve naturally, according to the natural progression of
the mind. In some issues, subject matter will parallel a general interest
topic of the day: news items, music, literature, art; in other issues,
perhaps a poem or a story whereby upon conclusion you rise up stark from
your numb bed -- thinking.
More from Rat's Notebook...
NOTICE TO PUBLISHERS,
RECORD LABELS AND WRITERS:
Electric Review makes every effort to offer a balanced and fair
representation of books and music available to the public. Our goal is to
offer a broad sampling of material from myriad sources in an attempt to
broaden the scope of the reader's interest. However, due to the sheer number
of queries the magazine receives, we are not able to feature every single
title that is submitted for review consideration, nor will we ever promise
or guarantee coverage for an author or performer or publishing house.
Our policy is to review material based on
The Editor's discretion, without consideration
of the size of the publisher or the purported scope of an author's
influence. Instead, our reviews are written based on merit as we seek to
bring notice of the best books being published to our readers. The same
system is in place for our coverage of music-related products.
READERS will note that in many instances we have linked to Amazon.com as a means to direct
readers who want to order an item or who desire to learn further information
about a book. Even though we have
linked to Amazon.com for these specific purposes,
it should be expressly understood that The Electric Review
is not affiliated to Amazon in
any way, nor do we derive commissions from this or any other such link