Monday, July 28, 2014 Av 1, 5774
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Some reviewers are just better suited than others for certain assignments. I've read a wide range of reviews of American Prometheus by Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherman, the first full-scale biography of famed scientist J. Robert Oppenheimer. These assessments, published in prominent media outlets, have been pure distillations or unblemished reflections of the book itself, which is a worshipful...
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If you're in the mood for a treatise on the fine art of acting, with frequent asides about the history of the Actors Studio and revelations about the secrets behind Method acting, steer clear of Eli Wallach's new memoir, The Good, the Bad, and Me, just out from Harcourt. But if you're in the mood for a breezy, entertaining chronicle...
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Be Careful What You Wish For: In the end, it may not prove to be enough
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My Life in the Middle Ages, critic James Atlas’ new memoir, is the most frustrating book I’ve read recently — though I stayed with it till the bitter end. There were times when I wanted to toss it aside in anger or bewilderment; still, I stuck it out. I kept at it is because the book speaks to me and...
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The oh-so-darling days of disco
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Disco Sucks! Remember those two endearing words that capped off the "Me Decade" of the 1970s and brought some solace to the hearts of rock-music fans who'd had their fill of the sickening sounds that fueled the dance phenomenon for nearly a decade? Well, author Peter Shapiro would like to beg to differ with critics of the music and the...
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