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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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“Simon Doonan seems to be living in a world of yesterday when it comes to gay consciousness, gay accomplishments, and human (gay and non-gay) rights to the point that, when he mentions arti

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“How the Beatles Destroyed Rock and Roll is a superbly thoughtful, inclusive, and intellectually challenging look at American popular music and culture from the turn of the 20th ce

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“As an academic study in 18th century music and use of castrati, Ms.

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“Brian Kellow delivers. . . . the filmic rise and fall of a woman of true brilliance, huge ego, and no small amount of neuroses.”

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“Safe to say that of all the loves of her life, men’s hats tend to rise to the top of Ms.

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