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Charles Walters: The Director Who Made Hollywood Dance (Screen Classics)
Charles Walters: The Director Who Made Hollywood Dance (Screen Classics)
by Brent Phillips
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $36.00
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A largely unsung hero -- finally given his due, December 8, 2014
I was vaguely familiar with the name of Charles Walters, and knew he directed musicals. But what surprised me upon reading Brent Phillips's biography of him was the extent of his creativity, his influence. Confession: I am a behind-the-scenes Hollywood junkie, especially of the golden age of film. The book is written with grace and an impressive marshaling of facts. And for a relatively short book, Phillips manages to cram in more sheer information than the typical Hollywood bio. The author, a former dancer, clearly has a special rapport with Walters as they share an art. Perhaps more writers of musicians' lives should be musicians themselves, poets should write on poets, and actors could bring more insight into the work of other actors. Simon Callow's brilliant book on Charles Laughton is a prize example of this. I think what has kept Walters's name from being more a household word is his simple modesty, which is very much on display here. Bravo to Brent Phillips for bringing him out into the light so more of us can appreciate him.


A Literary Education and Other Essays
A Literary Education and Other Essays
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21 of 43 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, though I shouldn't have been surprised, June 17, 2014
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Epstein used to be a writer whose very word I wanted to read. But over the years, and never more so than in this book, he has turned into a scold, or worse, a hopeless fuddy-duddy. He has become the stuffiest of critics, and dismisses whole schools of writing because he sees them as the literature of grievance. I can say with relief that some of these pieces are very good, however, especially the title essay and his more personal essays. Still, a huge disappointment altogether.
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One Touch of Venus - O.C.R.
One Touch of Venus - O.C.R.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More than I'd hoped for, May 24, 2014
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The recording of any Kurt Weill show is cause for celebration, and although this is one of his weakest scores overall, it's well worth recording. Virtually every musical note he wrote for the show is here, and there are some charming surprises. Ogden Nash's lyrics are refreshing and fun, and the singing actors here do a splendid job. No complaints whatever.
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The 40s: The Story of a Decade
The 40s: The Story of a Decade
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Price: $12.79

12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Virtually flawless time travel, May 24, 2014
I'm most of the way through this marvelous anthology, largely reading it straight through, though doing a bit of skipping around. (Couldn't resist reading some of the stories first.) It's one of the best anthologies ever, and why not? The selections are culled from probably the greatest magazine ever published in America. It's an unbelievably generous selection, even including the entire Hiroshima by John Hersey. Some of the pieces I've read before, but I'm reading them again with pleasure. (One can never re-read Joseph Mitchell too often.) I have only a few tiny quibbles. The story by John O'Hara is surprisingly drab and pointless. And the fashion writing by Lois Long is simply not for everyone. Her blithe writing style, however, merits inclusion. I agree with a reviewer above: this should lead to other decade anthologies. The 1950s and 1930s cry out for collecting. The 40s, Story of a Decade is one of the happiest purchases I've made in a long time. Bravo!
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Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas
Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas
by Sarah Palin
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $17.57
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24 of 32 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Sarah's Christmas Turkey, January 28, 2014
What can this woman be thinking? Christmas is in no danger -- at least from secular society. The nation's retailers, on the other hand, are destroying it slowly but surely. But does Sarah see this? No. I don't know who wrote this book for her, but it's a collection of half-digested pet peeves masquerading as thought.
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The Most of Nora Ephron
The Most of Nora Ephron
by Nora Ephron
Edition: Hardcover
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than Dorothy Parker, January 23, 2014
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This splendid collection of Nora Ephron's work should be read by every woman in America, and MOST men. Readers are not meant to read it straight through, but sample it as one would a box of chocolates. However, I read it over my Christmas vacation in one fell swoop, hating to put it down. Nora Ephron's death brought out a spasm of national mourning, and reading her work again, one can see why. She is often compared to Dorothy Parker, but it's a false analogy. Parker was cold at the heart; Ephron was warm and human all the way through. Read this!


Philomena: A Mother, Her Son, and a Fifty-Year Search (Movie Tie-in)
Philomena: A Mother, Her Son, and a Fifty-Year Search (Movie Tie-in)
by Martin Sixsmith
Edition: Paperback
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A fine... Novel?, January 23, 2014
Apart from being the story of Michael Hess, rather than Philomena Lee, as the cover leads one to believe, this is a pretty compelling book. What really spoils it for me is Martin Sixsmith's tendency to "novelize." Whole pages and pages of dialogue are set out as if the author had been present, scribbling away as his characters talked. There are hundreds of details that are added to bring verisimilitude to the story he relates, even though there's no way he could have witnessed these. Sorry, but that's not the way non-fiction is supposed to work. Withal, a fascinating book, but readers, take it all as a skillful fiction.
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The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis
The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis
by Max Shulman
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars America's funniest writer, August 27, 2013
I am reading this book for perhaps the sixteenth or seventeenth time -- maybe more. Shulman is now almost forgotten, but this is unfortunate. The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, along with his splendid follow-up, I Was a Teenage Dwarf, taught me more about writing comedy than anyone. His imaginative turns of phrase, his deliciously convoluted plots, and his brilliant characterizations rank him on a par with P.G Wodehouse, the greatest comic stylist of the twentieth century. I have tattered old hardbacks of both of his Dobie Gillis books, and read them every few years when I need cheering up. The man was a genius.


TruGlide Stylus with Microfiber Tip for new iPad, iPad Mini, iPhone 5, iPhone 4, Kindle Fire, Samsung Galaxy Tablet and Smartphone, Nook, all Touch Screen Tablets (Sapphire Blue with Clip)
TruGlide Stylus with Microfiber Tip for new iPad, iPad Mini, iPhone 5, iPhone 4, Kindle Fire, Samsung Galaxy Tablet and Smartphone, Nook, all Touch Screen Tablets (Sapphire Blue with Clip)
Offered by Lynktec
Price: $19.99
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5.0 out of 5 stars Smooth as honey, August 23, 2013
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The stylus is a revelation. Although it's not quite as sensitive as my older, rubber-tipped stylus, it makes up for this in ease of movement. This is especially evident in drawing programs.


Reynolds Price: The Collected Stories
Reynolds Price: The Collected Stories
by Reynolds Price
Edition: Paperback
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3.0 out of 5 stars Too close to home, August 13, 2013
I enjoyed most of these stories though I also skipped a handful. I felt that in most cases he drew too heavily, and too often, on his own life story. In short, I would have preferred a MUCH wider world. A couple of these, however, are masterful. "Waiting at Dachau" was by far the best story in the collection, and by happenstance, it was the farthest from his own life.


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