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Everyone should see this movie to learn the truth about orcas in captivity. It's a terrifying, heartbreaking, well-constructed argument and the images and interviews will haunt you. I can't wait until an equivalent documentary is done about other forms of animal captivity like circuses and zoos, etc....Read more
While I heartily agree with many reviewers that "The Bib" is an invaluable research tool for The Beatles scholar and devoted fan, I'd also like to emphasize the sheer pleasure of simply dipping into this book and reading various entries on well-known Beatle texts and "esoterica." For example, there are obscure delights like a 1966 New Musical Express article entitled "My Broken Tooth" by Paul McCartney, that promises to explain at long last Paul's dentally challenged appearance in the "Paperback Writer"/"Rain" video. In addition to cross-referencing my own Beatles library, every few pages I found a new book or article I wanted to track down. I found myself reading whole sections chronologically just for fun renewed my awe at the breadth and depth of the wonderful true myth that is the Beatles story. Highly recommended....Read more
I love Patti Smith's music, but this book had none of the spirit and joy of her work. While the writing is generally light on its feet and Robert Mapplethorpe comes off as rather sweet and gentle, Patti Smith can't even brush her teeth without evoking the name of a painter, poet, sculptor,rock star etc. It's exhausting. We never know WHY she loves Rimbaud, or HOW Genet influenced her. After a while it's a tedious, pretentious list.
Art should be connected to the world, to the human condition, not just to art itself. It becomes suffocating. After a while, I yearned to pick up a book of insurance law, anything to be rescued from this insular world of creativity.
I love and admire many of the artists she mentions, and realize youth is full of a thousand passions and pretensions, inspirations, but this was way too much.
Their friendship was very moving, esp. toward the end of Mapplethorpe's life, but I don't understand the euphoric response to this book.
Everything you've read is true. "Banana" is a smart, ambitious and lively book. It has as much heart as it does brains. Dan Koeppel constantly surprises the reader with the amazing connections he makes between the story of the banana and art, science, geography and politics. These disparate threads come together in unexpected ways, enlarging our view of such a simple food. By revealing the history behind this ubiquitous commodity, Dan Koeppel helps us examine the ramifications of our consumer choices, what our consumption means, without ever being didactic. This book changed the way I thought about the food I ate, the countries where it comes from, and the stories behind so many of the things we use every day and take for granted.
I highly recommend it.