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“I do the obsessive thing for you,” says the author, “so you can go and have fun.”

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“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.”

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“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

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“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.”

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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

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“. . . pretty damned good . . .”

Sinemania! is a madcap of a thing—in the Schiaparelli sense of the word.

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“The details of debauchery and depravation told within these pages would make a casual sinner blush . . .”

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“Stay, Illusion! is not a graceful gavotte but a gallop through the fields of thought . . .”

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“. . . stereotype . . . of the fusty Oxbridge academic harrumphing at a changing world that does not correlate with his own. . . . not particularly funny.”

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“If the civil war crippled the South then air conditioning finished it off.”

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“Daily Rituals is a delightful exploration of the personalities and private-moment quirks of artists and writers . . .”

What makes the creative spirit emerge?

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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.

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“For any film student, cinema scholar, or movie fan . . . The Big Screen is not to be missed.”

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“. . . needed to be more about the who and why, but instead it got stuck in the how and what.”

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“The Great Animal Orchestra is an interesting look at how we, as humans, define music. Are we musical because the environments surrounding us are?

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“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.

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“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.

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“Trading Manny is, of course, about the heartbreak two fans feel when their love for baseball is betrayed.

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“There are at least 50 acts whose work is covered in detail, with scores mentioned in passing.

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“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

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“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.

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