...his narrative is focused on not eating what the rest of the crew is eating, not sleeping where others sleep...he waits in his cabin alone, wondering what the hell is going on. Dyer might as well be on a cruise ship, and he knows it.
In the end, none of these die-hard fans comes closer to finding the real Dylan, but they discover over and over just why Dylan’s music means so much to them.
In The People’s Platform, she meticulously details how work, education, and the public sphere have been eroded. Ideas, practices and tools of enlightenment, emancipation and opportunity are subverted even by people who profess those ideals. And the Internet is the linchpin, the Winnipeg-born documentarian asserts.
While the truth of Rockefeller’s disappearance may never be known, Hoffman deserves much credit for this riveting, multilayered tale.
Award-winning Columbia Univ. historian Schama...brings to bear his gift for synthesizing mountains of information into a well-crafted, accessible narrative in this impressive volume...Throughout, Schama offers cogent arguments for the credibility of numerous sources...
...he takes Whistler at his own estimation (a genius) and repackages the other stuff – the bad faith art, the preening, the viciousness – as the necessary folly of a great man. It is a generous approach but not an illuminating one.
This new book is living history: The subjects, of course, are alive, but the era Geesen describes feels like the worst of Soviet times. Just like the ski runs at Sochi, the arc of Russian politics in the Putin era point in only one direction. Downhill.
Morrissey isn’t without self-awareness. He reports that even friends found him “a bit much” and he acknowledges that “my general being . . . was difficult for a lot of people to take.” It’d have been better, for his book and his readers, if that awareness of his too-muchness had informed the writing of this Autobiography.
Gordon presents this complicated story clearly, teasing out the various details of the business and of personal relationships.
Catherine Merridale’s Red Fortress is a tour de force, as readable as it is extensively researched. It never flags through nearly 10 centuries of Russian, Soviet and post-Soviet history.
...a deeply insecure artist who wanted to be a writer and was always certain his productions would fail...Graceful prose creates a richly detailed and poignant portrait, simultaneously inspiring and depressing.
“Tune In” pays close attention to the many American influences on the young pre-Beatles...They hit adolescence just as rock ’n’ roll records became buyable, and “Tune In” keenly chronicles the favorites that they would draw on or recycle, even for their name: Beatles was a play on Buddy Holly’s Crickets, simple as that.
Mr Hilburn is especially good on Cash’s many rough patches, seeking neither to excuse nor condemn him for his wandering eye and his addictions. But those struggles humanised him—deepening both his renowned empathy with the downtrodden and his fans’ empathy with him.
...if you want a balanced biography, this is not for you. The opening chapters are chaotic...But if you want a detailed analysis of the cantatas, the two Passions and Mass in B minor, and a feeling for their wondrous piety, Gardiner provides exhaustive satisfaction.
For all its many pleasures and insights into an extraordinary man, this collection must be considered an addendum to Humphrey Burton’s biography, “Leonard Bernstein,” which was written with family access and which quotes many of these key letters. Burton plows along devotedly but is clear and coherent in a way these letters are not.
...40 years after asking if we were reelin’ in the years, Mr. Fagen proves with his generous collection that his wry voice is still worth listening to, with or without a killer rhythm section.
Greig’s understanding of Freud’s place in art history...is...banal, as are his analyses of the connections between life and art...
...none of his missteps have dimmed the Ellington legend. Seldom overtly political, he preferred to lead by example...“Duke” humanizes a man whom history has kept on a pedestal.
all who pick up this book will be taken by Brandon Stanton’s captivating photographs of NYC’s urban humanity.
Jones’ prose is reportorial but evocative, verging only on purple in passages like the opening description of the Mississippi lowlands of Henson’s youth, which glides over the landscape like the opening shots of The Muppet Movie.