Thursday, September 18, 2014 Elul 23, 5774
A guide to singers and songs that's encyclopedic in its details
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SPEAKING VOLUMES Pantheon Books has given A Biographical Guide to the Great Jazz and Pop Singers by Will Friedwald a beautiful outer design, with a simple but effective cover that uses art and graphics with consummate skill. Your interest is peaked. But then you open the book and your heart sinks. This really is just a guide after all, with...
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Of all the artists known as Abstract Expressionists -- those color field, action-painting revolutionaries who, with just a few bold splashes of paint in the 1950s, shifted the art capital of the world from Paris to Manhattan -- the least well-known of them has probably always been Philip Guston (that is, if you're not mentioning the sole original woman Hedda...
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How two dictators bloodied the heart of Europe
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SPEAKING VOLUMES How is it that a historian as able as Timothy Snyder can get so many things right in his new book Bloodlands , published by Basic Books, and yet get one big thing so wrong? This work, which clocks in at close to 500 pages, is a detailed record of mass murder beginning in 1933 and ending in...
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In the history of photography, Alfred Stieglitz is a storied name -- as it is in the history of all modern art. He was a great pioneer, both as practitioner and theorist. Beginning in the 1890s, he began taking his bold, distinctive photos, images that, in time, began convincing skeptics that photography could indeed be an art form. He continued...
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SPEAKING VOLUMES I knew very few details about the life of legendary modern dancer Isadora Duncan when some friends and I -- seniors in college at the time -- went to see the 1969 film The Loves of Isadora . The movie was pretty much a mess. Karel Reisz, who began his career as an accomplished editor before he turned...
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