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CITY LIMITS Perfect Paperback – 1991

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  • Perfect Paperback
  • Publisher: Poseidon Press; 1St Edition edition (1991)
  • ASIN: B001IKON54
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,200,762 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm the drama critic of the Wall Street Journal, the critic-at-large of Commentary, and the author of "Duke: A Life of Duke Ellington," which will be published in October of 2013. I also blog about the arts at www.terryteachout.com. In addition to the books on this page, I've written a play, "Satchmo at the Waldorf," which was produced in 2012 by Shakespeare & Company of Lenox, Mass., Long Wharf Theatre of New Haven, Conn., and Philadelphia's Wilma Theater, and the libretti for two operas by Paul Moravec, "The Letter" and "Danse Russe." "Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong," which came out in 2009, was my first book about music, but I've been listening to jazz ever since my mother told me to come see Satchmo singing "Hello, Dolly!" on "The Ed Sullivan Show" in 1964, and I was a professional bassist before becoming a full-time writer. Among other things, I've written the liner notes for such albums as Diana Krall's "All for You," Maria Schneider's "Coming About," Karrin Allyson's "Daydream," Marian McPartland's "Just Friends," Luciana Souza's "Neruda," and Roger Kellaway's "Live at the Jazz Standard."

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Charthead on September 14, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I enjoyed Terry Teachout's book of autobiographical essays "City Limits". There is nothing terribly important in the book, but its tone and pace are leisurely & enjoyable and his stories reveal interesting details about an important cultural critic whose influence is rising each year through his books and articles in "Commentary", "The Wall Street Journal" and other influential conservative journals of opinion. Teachout's writing reminds me of my favorite writer, Joseph Epstein (it is probably no coincidence that you often find their pieces in the same issues of publications). Both writers are extremely culturally fluent with a lot of interesting things to say. Their writing is also very accessable to the average, educated person who is looking to learn more about literature, music, theater, art, and the good life in general.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Richard Moore on February 14, 2015
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This is not, in any way, an average book. It is more than a "coming of age" book, and more than a memoir. Teachout's account of his childhood and early adult life has much to offer to anyone who is thoughtful about life in America. His experiences will be easy to relate to if the reader has any interest in the arts, and his style is fluid, funny, and without cliche. I've enjoyed his biographies and critical writing. It's impressive to see him so well in this genre. This is a very good book. Period. Get a copy and read it.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Adam Blue on January 2, 2011
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This book is one that many of us can relate to. Many of us have removed ourselves far from our small town roots, and even though we have relocated our lives to bigger and better things, we are constantly reminded that we are, indeed, small town folk. You can take the boy out of the country, but you can never take the country out of the boy. Terry raises goosebumps in almost every chapter, recounting with great detail his experiences of becoming a successful writer in New York City, and more importantly his emotional trips back to his home town.

He does a wonderful tribute to Harry Jenks, an understated jazz legend in Kansas City, who, without Teachout's memories may have been overlooked by most Kansas City jazz historians.

If mashed potatoes and fried chicken are the "comfort foods", then City Limits by Terry Teachout is definitely one of the Great Comfort Books.
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By Frank O'File on February 15, 2013
Format: Paperback
Nostalgia run rampant, without connective tissue or narrative propulsion, this is perhaps something that the author's kin might find worth perusing at some later date, but hardly more than that. I'd recommend something by one of the Wolff brothers if you want to see how it's truly done.
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