“I do the obsessive thing for you,” says the author, “so you can go and have fun.”
“There is tremendous beauty found in the obscure, forgotten, and lost corners of an artist’s attic. This collection is a peek into Ditko’s attic.”
“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
“As always Buruma is a reporter first; he does not argue a particular side without citation and witness.
“. . . an interesting and accessible take on comics’ place in literature, popular culture, and women’s history.”
Over the past few decades, superheroes, villains, and other characters taken from the pages of comic books have become as much a part of American mythology as Rip Van Winkle, Paul Bunyan, and Johnn
“. . . pretty damned good . . .”
Sinemania! is a madcap of a thing—in the Schiaparelli sense of the word.
“The details of debauchery and depravation told within these pages would make a casual sinner blush . . .”
“Stay, Illusion! is not a graceful gavotte but a gallop through the fields of thought . . .”
“. . . stereotype . . . of the fusty Oxbridge academic harrumphing at a changing world that does not correlate with his own. . . . not particularly funny.”
“If the civil war crippled the South then air conditioning finished it off.”
“Daily Rituals is a delightful exploration of the personalities and private-moment quirks of artists and writers . . .”
What makes the creative spirit emerge?
Scholarly research can be a wonderful thing. It can connect the dots between seemingly diverse topics and reveal relationships that are not obvious to the casual observer.
“. . . a book filled with gold nuggets.”
“For any film student, cinema scholar, or movie fan . . . The Big Screen is not to be missed.”
“. . . needed to be more about the who and why, but instead it got stuck in the how and what.”
“Phil Hansen suggests new ways to see the world . . .”
“The Great Animal Orchestra is an interesting look at how we, as humans, define music. Are we musical because the environments surrounding us are?
“When it comes to memoirs, things don’t get more heartfelt than this. And when it comes to storytelling, few could match the humor, passion, and humanity of these pages.
“Nothing about Bringing the Body to the Stage and Screen is hasty or superficial. Author Lust offers the essences of the work in every page.
“Trading Manny is, of course, about the heartbreak two fans feel when their love for baseball is betrayed.
“There are at least 50 acts whose work is covered in detail, with scores mentioned in passing.
“Changing Lives gives appropriate credit where credit is due; however, it would have been more engaging had the author given us a more balanced portrayal of the system that is trul
“Imagine a writer with a seemingly endless vocabulary who has somehow convinced himself that he is being paid by the word.
“Anyone can pick up an instrument in the middle of his/her life and gain enough proficiency to enjoy playing favorite songs. Learning music is not limited to any class or race of people.