John Lahr just won the National Book Critics Circle Award for his penetrating biography of Tennessee Williams.
Think of any team in the comic universe and they undoubtedly owe a debt of gratitude and inspiration to The Justice Society of America.
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.
With a mixture of the violence that Dashiell Hammett brought to Red Harvest, the wild characters that filled the stories of Damon Runyon and the humanity at the center of O.
For decades Milt Gross’ New York was considered to be one of the great lost graphic novels of comic literature.
“Another perfect volume in DC’s Celebration series.”
“behind-the-scenes life of a working performer . . .”
“Black Broadway is a wonderful book. . . . lushly illustrated with oversized historic photographs . . . genius . . .”
“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 . . .”