While this text gives the more rugged genres their insightful due, Stanley's main fascinations are with process, personalities and populism, alighting on the backroom operators and the unsung facilitators...Emotion is key, too, and anecdotes that speak a thousand lyrics.
But this entertaining novel is a slight one by the usual standards of an author who at his best can be an exhilarating master of irony.
While the story is presented as a series of contrasts...it's also a fascinating, even illuminating, history of the video game industry as seen through the experiences of two influential companies...This is an essential read for any interested in the evolution of video games, and the rise and fall of Sega as a console contender.
...Ferris is back on track here. Smart, sad, hilarious and eloquent, this shows a writer at the top of his game and surpassing the promise of his celebrated debut.
A nascent Dylanologist himself, Kinney writes with a certain authority about these “pilgrims” who wander happily “down the rabbit hole” in search of...
The real pleasures of “The Noble Hustle” come in the throwaway observations. ...Mr Whitehead may not have gone home in the money, but he has a way with upstanding sentences.
...it does leave one tantalised, longing to know what Wilmers, Bennett, Miller and company thought of Nina – and what they said about her behind her back.
Catmull’s voice and choice of topics reveals him to be a caring, committed, philosophical leader who loves his work, respects his creative colleagues, and remains committed to the advancement of computer animation and great filmmaking.
Lowe's second effort is an interesting insider's perspective on what works in Hollywood and what seems to be irredeemably broken and his advice on life and relationships is well-conceived and intelligent.
The effect is both luxurious and down to earth, a pleasurable sojourn with characters Marciano depicts as simultaneously likable and irritating, bold and retiring, types and individuals—not unlike those reading about them.
Bestiality is a running gag: "There's nothing wrong with fucking a male sheep, because if I did find something wrong with it, that would mean I was insensitive to the needs of the gay sheep community…"...It's hard not to feel revulsion for everything while reading this book – certainly the human body, sex, thought, animals, and life itself.
The great strength of Mr. Eyman’s book derives from the strength of its subjects...the man we know as John Wayne, from cinematic birth in “Stagecoach” to an appropriate death in “The Shootist,” remains with us as a symbol of something more, something buried deep in our national DNA.
As always, Pratchett's unforgettable characters and lively story mirror the best, the worst, and the oddest bits of our own world, entertaining readers while skewering social and political foibles in a melting pot of humanity, dwarfs, trolls, goblins, vampires, and a werewolf or two.
Wagner writes with the easy charm he brought to the television series "Hart to Hart" and scores of movies and TV appearances.
...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.
Five Came Back is a welcome addition to film history, and well worth reading for anyone interested in film, World War II, or the use of propaganda in American life. Mark Harris has done a superb job winding the separate narratives of five of America’s greatest directors together...
There’s a general sensation of closure and imminent climax as Harrison maneuvers toward the end, and patient readers are promised a substantial payoff.
The good news, mathematically speaking, is that the stories are pretty much 100% brilliant...Since the stories are also, as always, extremely funny, Moore has come to enjoy the unusual distinction of being just about the darkest light writer around.
...Itzkoff’s real achievement is in his chilling analysis of Network as prophecy, demonstrating through interviews with Anderson Cooper, Stephen Colbert, Bill O’Reilly, and others that Chayefsky’s satire has become our reality.
Before you dismiss B. J. Novak’s debut fiction collection, “One More Thing,” as the latest example of a Hollywood actor’s trespassing into the far more glamorous and affluent gated community of short stories, read his humor piece “If I Had a Nickel.”