Hollywood Animal , by Joe Eszterhas. Alfred A. Knopf, 736 pages, $26.95.
Go ahead, I dare you. Pick the book up and try to avoid a sinking feeling in your chest. Over 700 pages, and not an interesting sentence to be found-but that’s not the worst of it. The worst of it is that Joe Read More
Among the most frequently voiced opinions about contemporary publishing-on a list that includes such truisms as “Nobody really edits anymore” and the ever-popular whine, “It got good reviews, why didn’t it sell?”-is the idea that every author should go on a book tour. Like visions of Maxwell Perkins holding a pen in one fist and Read More
During oral arguments in the
Cleveland school-voucher case, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia tried to
make a rhetorical point by asking a question of the plaintiffs’ counsel. What,
the Justice said, should the state of Ohio do about its education crisis in
Cleveland, where poor, mostly minority parents are using vouchers to escape the
city’s Read More
We’ve all been a little on edge, so when a mouse scampered across our kitchen floor just after dinner guests had left, I shrieked. Like the classic cartoon of the fluttery female, I would have jumped up on a chair had one been handy. This didn’t say much for my ability to show fortitude in Read More
So the New York Philharmonic will get an American conductor after all. And he’s young enough to make Kurt Masur look like his … brother.
Such, at least, seems to be the conclusion of the excruciatingly long public search that has ended with Lorin Maazel, 70 years old and a veteran of Cleveland and Read More
The extent to which a symphony orchestra gains its identity from the qualities of its hall has always been a fascinating question. Did the Philadelphia Orchestra develop its plush sound to compensate for the dryness of the Academy of Music? Has the complacency that sometimes seems to have settled over the Boston Symphony been encouraged, Read More
Of the artists who made up the first generation of American modernist painters in the early years of this century, Marsden Hartley (1877-1943) has long seemed the most accomplished, and this view of the artist’s distinction has been confirmed in two current exhibitions of his work. One is the show organized by the Ackland Art Read More