An invaluable resource for students of Tibetan Buddhist art, history, symbolism, and culture.

THE GOLDEN VALLEY

THE UNTOLD STORY OF THE OTHER CULTURAL CENTER OF TIBET

This nonfiction debut illuminates the cultural heritage of the Golden Valley region in eastern Tibet, including its art, furniture, and rituals.

Many Tibetan artworks have been destroyed over the centuries, particularly following China’s occupation of Tibet and the Cultural Revolution. In the Golden Valley, some items still remain, chiefly in monasteries. Huber spent 12 years visiting the Golden Valley, focusing on the Lower Senge Monastery, examining its endangered treasures. He visited libraries and conducted interviews with monks and villagers, gathering oral history and insights into Buddhist artworks’ symbolism, manufacture, and so on to pinpoint their unique characteristics. Huber draws on his expertise in art and antique furniture restoration, as well as furniture design and manufacturing, to inform his discussion and to guide speculative judgments, which can be necessary because so little information exists—even employing radiocarbon dating to nail down a detail. Glantz, a professional market researcher and a traveler to Tibet, further analyzes Huber’s findings and tells the story. The book first gives background information and the history of the Golden Valley, both oral and documented, from the ninth century to 2008. Huber and Glantz assess the region’s various cultural productions, including art on cloth and other media, monastic furniture, and prayer wheels, identifying styles, techniques, and materials and how they changed. They also describe the Golden Valley’s monasteries and the village of Senge. Finally, they list the characteristics of Tibetan Buddhist symbolism as used in the Senge Monastery’s art. Three useful appendices give information on Buddhist rituals and monastic rules, and an index is included. The authors’ tone can be overly casual; for example, one Buddhist celestial realm “is not very popular, because who wants to do more work?” But Huber and Glantz gather information available nowhere else; they set the record straight on matters such as what is or is not a reading desk; they get into the nitty-gritty of materials, techniques, and changing styles; and they provide a wealth of photographs documenting their study.

An invaluable resource for students of Tibetan Buddhist art, history, symbolism, and culture.

Pub Date: May 22, 2016

ISBN: 978-0-9975669-0-1

Page Count: 210

Publisher: Baronet World Wide

Review Posted Online: Dec. 12, 2016

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WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD

A LIFETIME OF RECORDINGS

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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IN MY PLACE

From the national correspondent for PBS's MacNeil-Lehrer Newshour: a moving memoir of her youth in the Deep South and her role in desegregating the Univ. of Georgia. The eldest daughter of an army chaplain, Hunter-Gault was born in what she calls the ``first of many places that I would call `my place' ''—the small village of Due West, tucked away in a remote little corner of South Carolina. While her father served in Korea, Hunter-Gault and her mother moved first to Covington, Georgia, and then to Atlanta. In ``L.A.'' (lovely Atlanta), surrounded by her loving family and a close-knit black community, the author enjoyed a happy childhood participating in activities at church and at school, where her intellectual and leadership abilities soon were noticed by both faculty and peers. In high school, Hunter-Gault found herself studying the ``comic-strip character Brenda Starr as I might have studied a journalism textbook, had there been one.'' Determined to be a journalist, she applied to several colleges—all outside of Georgia, for ``to discourage the possibility that a black student would even think of applying to one of those white schools, the state provided money for black students'' to study out of state. Accepted at Michigan's Wayne State, the author was encouraged by local civil-rights leaders to apply, along with another classmate, to the Univ. of Georgia as well. Her application became a test of changing racial attitudes, as well as of the growing strength of the civil-rights movement in the South, and Gault became a national figure as she braved an onslaught of hostilities and harassment to become the first black woman to attend the university. A remarkably generous, fair-minded account of overcoming some of the biggest, and most intractable, obstacles ever deployed by southern racists. (Photographs—not seen.)

Pub Date: Nov. 1, 1992

ISBN: 0-374-17563-2

Page Count: 192

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 1992

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