“an extraordinary and thought provoking view on the playwright’s life and works.”
It’s a theatrical occasion when a celebrated playwright gets around to publishing his memoirs and reveals how a play is born.
“an important entry into the literature of American dance history. It deserves recognition as a classic.”
John Lahr just won the National Book Critics Circle Award for his penetrating biography of Tennessee Williams.
New York Times arts journalist Eric Grode’s The Book of Broadway is a lavishly illustrated coffee-table book with capsule histories of each show.
“Black Broadway is a wonderful book. . . . lushly illustrated with oversized historic photographs . . . genius . . .”
“To this latest book (a collection of good-sized pieces for The New York Review of Books and quite a few, well, bad-sized ones, little nuggets he wrote as speeches or trib
“Stay, Illusion! is not a graceful gavotte but a gallop through the fields of thought . . .”
“Imagine a writer with a seemingly endless vocabulary who has somehow convinced himself that he is being paid by the word.
“In so many other places in Look, I Made a Hat, as here, Stephen Sondheim has tales to tell, names to drop and wonderful, rich, savory mincemeat to make of others, all in his own i
“And so it goes. In the end, Shatner’s Rules, like Shatner’s ego and Shatner’s vocal patterns, are uniquely his own.
“We should all live such lives—dreaming and attaining, loving and lusting—and look so good when we sit down to write our memoirs. . . .
“This biography could have easily been titled The Tale of Two Colberts; however, Colbert’s signature ‘truthiness’ seems to befit the style and enjoyment Ms.
“Throughout Rin Tin Tin: The Life of the Legend Susan Orlean presents a story that is as engrossing as it is illuminating, which is, of course, her special magic.