An enthusiastic and highly unconventional analysis.



An impassioned plea for environmental action that looks ahead to a dire future for the planet.

In this debut political book, Heintz, a retired professor emeritus from the California College of the Arts, issues a warning call to readers who are concerned about sustainability, climate change, and the future of life on Earth. He addresses the cognitive challenges of comprehending and responding to a massive, worldwide crisis. The wide-ranging narrative addresses both the substantive facts of climate change, such as higher temperatures and effects on commercial agriculture, and the political aspects, including resource scarcity and the difficulties of existing power structures. The book presents several potential climate change scenarios, offers an account of 20th-century American political history regarding the issue, and presents potential strategies for mitigating and reversing negative effects. Although each chapter has a unifying theme, Heintz also fills the narrative with tangents; indeed, many are labeled as digressions in the text. As a result, readers continually encounter new topics as the book emphasizes the links between environmental justice and economic, racial, and political justice. Each section opens with a glossary that’s both useful and idiosyncratic (“Subtle Information: A term coined by your author, for Marshall McLuhan’s idea that The Medium is the Message”). Heintz has a tendency to capitalize common nouns (“this Crisis”) and rely on typography for emphasis, which he acknowledges in the introduction (“BTW, By The Way, you WILL notice that I Capitalize and Italicize and Bold some words and phrases, in an un- con- ven- tional manner”), but this is likely to grate on readers who are accustomed to more standard formats—as will the author’s take-no-prisoners attitude toward skeptics (“If you can’t admit that we can be spectacularly stupid, as individuals and in groups, you may not be smart enough for the rest of this book”). The book also accepts unproven theories at face value, such as “The Bush family secretly bought up all the water reserves in southern Argentina.” Overall, however, the author’s treatise on climate change is comprehensive and frequently persuasive, even if its hyperbolic tone limits its effectiveness.

An enthusiastic and highly unconventional analysis.

Pub Date: Sept. 15, 2018

ISBN: 978-0-692-16457-0

Page Count: 362

Publisher: Time Tunnel Media

Review Posted Online: Feb. 1, 2019

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Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis...



Privately published by Strunk of Cornell in 1918 and revised by his student E. B. White in 1959, that "little book" is back again with more White updatings.

Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis (whoops — "A bankrupt expression") a unique guide (which means "without like or equal").

Pub Date: May 15, 1972

ISBN: 0205632645

Page Count: 105

Publisher: Macmillan

Review Posted Online: Oct. 28, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 1972

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Noted jazz and pop record producer Thiele offers a chatty autobiography. Aided by record-business colleague Golden, Thiele traces his career from his start as a ``pubescent, novice jazz record producer'' in the 1940s through the '50s, when he headed Coral, Dot, and Roulette Records, and the '60s, when he worked for ABC and ran the famous Impulse! jazz label. At Coral, Thiele championed the work of ``hillbilly'' singer Buddy Holly, although the only sessions he produced with Holly were marred by saccharine strings. The producer specialized in more mainstream popsters like the irrepressibly perky Teresa Brewer (who later became his fourth wife) and the bubble-machine muzak-meister Lawrence Welk. At Dot, Thiele was instrumental in recording Jack Kerouac's famous beat- generation ramblings to jazz accompaniment (recordings that Dot's president found ``pornographic''), while also overseeing a steady stream of pop hits. He then moved to the Mafia-controlled Roulette label, where he observed the ``silk-suited, pinky-ringed'' entourage who frequented the label's offices. Incredibly, however, Thiele remembers the famously hard-nosed Morris Levy, who ran the label and was eventually convicted of extortion, as ``one of the kindest, most warm-hearted, and classiest music men I have ever known.'' At ABC/Impulse!, Thiele oversaw the classic recordings of John Coltrane, although he is the first to admit that Coltrane essentially produced his own sessions. Like many producers of the day, Thiele participated in the ownership of publishing rights to some of the songs he recorded; he makes no apology for this practice, which he calls ``entirely appropriate and without any ethical conflicts.'' A pleasant, if not exactly riveting, memoir that will be of most interest to those with a thirst for cocktail-hour stories of the record biz. (25 halftones, not seen)

Pub Date: May 1, 1995

ISBN: 0-19-508629-4

Page Count: 224

Publisher: Oxford Univ.

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 1995

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