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.
...it is often hilarious, alarmingly insightful about a particular historical moment, and Jewish. But what Ferris has that Elkin had is the keen ability to traverse the high wire of satire and lyricism, to at once write a sentence that can drop a reader’s jaw, then make them giggle in the next.
A nascent Dylanologist himself, Kinney writes with a certain authority about these “pilgrims” who wander happily “down the rabbit hole” in search of...
Since his narrative doesn’t proceed chronologically to a natural climax, he jumps around a bit with time. A minor work by a major novelist, a busman’s holiday, but engaging in its color and character.
It turns out that “Love, Nina” is indeed charming, but only in the best ways. It’s observant, funny, terse, at times a bit rude. It affords a glimpse into a rarefied London social and literary milieu. It’s an “Upstairs, Downstairs” or “Downton Abbey” of sorts...
Animation giant Pixar uses technology only as a means to an end; its films are rooted in human concerns, not computer wizardry. The same can be said of the new book "Creativity, Inc.," Ed Catmull's endearingly thoughtful explanation of how the studio he co-founded generated hits...
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.
Readers won’t soon forget his most fearless essay, which recounts a raw, heartbreaking experience from his days in rehab for his alcohol addiction. A savvy writer with a quick wit, Lowe invites readers into his world with easy charm and disarming frankness.
On a scale from “entertaining” to “not entertaining”, then, it’s right near the front. And you’ll never feel the urge to reread it.
In his authoritative and enormously engaging new biography...Scott Eyman writes in great detail on all three subjects: the politics..the cancer that ultimately killed him in 1979 at age 72; and the surprising amount of care and work that went into creating the persona known to the world as John Wayne.
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.
...it is not clear that he has looked closely at any Whistler paintings since that early class trip. He certainly does not bring the art into focus for the reader.
“Five Came Back,” modestly subtitled “A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War,” is a tough-minded, information-packed and irresistibly readable work of movie-minded cultural criticism....Mr. Harris deftly threads the story of each man into the wider canvases of Hollywood and America, both at full mobilization.
There’s a general sensation of closure and imminent climax as Harrison maneuvers toward the end, and patient readers are promised a substantial payoff.
If television’s primary goal is to keep us watching television, something similar can be said of Bark: its stories tend to feel like easily consumed entertainments, with intimations at wisdom and meaning just compelling enough to keep us reading.
...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.
If the collection feels uneven at times...perhaps that’s because Novak seems to have worked harder on the more substantial stories, which have the pleasing feel of being written by an author in complete control of his craft.
“The Guts” is a decent performance, but doesn’t give us the “access all areas” badge I had expected.
Much of the candy-box addictiveness of Mr. Maupin’s books lies in the hairpin turns of his plotting, so I will resist divulging much more...