Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 291)

THE SPONSORED LIFE by Leslie Savan
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Dec. 1, 1994

"Though inevitably such a collection is sometimes redundant, this is an indispensable guide for anyone who wants to better understand how advertising presses our buttons while convincing us that we are in control. (Photos, not seen)"
Almost as funny as it is infuriating, this is an impressive collection of pieces about the impact of advertising on American society. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 1994

"Marsalis is a lot more appealing when he gets off his soapbox and concentrates on extolling (with considerable eloquence) the music he loves."
Marsalis writes as elegantly as he plays the trumpet, so fans will doubtless enjoy his atmospheric musings on playing jazz across America, nicely complemented by photographer/filmmaker Stewart's glamorously black-and-white photos. Read full book review >

SLIGHTLY FOXED--BUT STILL DESIRABLE by Ronald Searle
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Dec. 1, 1994

Satirical artist, cartoonist, and wit Searle is also, alas for him, a bibliophile. Read full book review >
BOB MARLEY by Bruce W. Talamon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 1994

"As a result, they not only are more interesting but also convey more powerfully a sense of Marley's genuine charisma."
Talamon's duotone photographs capture Jamaican reggae star Bob Marley (194581) with a rough humanity that comes as a relief after Steffens's hagiographic text. Read full book review >
THE LOST BEATLES INTERVIEWS by Geoffrey Giuliano
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Dec. 1, 1994

"In this case, he should have done so."
``Tedious'' is a better adjective than ``lost'' for the various documents Fab Four biographer Giuliano (Blackbird: The Life and Times of Paul McCartney, 1991, etc.) has gathered here. Read full book review >

IN DEFENSE OF HUNTING by James A. Swan
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 24, 1994

"Swan ultimately tells too much and shows too little in his prosaic defense of the elemental necessity of hunting."
An uninspired argument for the natural place of hunting in human society and the human psyche. Read full book review >
THE MUSIC PACK by Ron Van der Meer
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 22, 1994

"Twenty Masterpieces,'' covering, chronologically, Josquin des Prez to Berlioz. (First printing of 100,000; Book-of-the-Month Club alternate selection)"
Van der Meer and Berkeley (The Art Pack, not reviewed) present a pop-up book for grown-ups, with a cavalcade of inventive pull- tabs, flaps, and paper-engineering gewgaws. Read full book review >
LEONARD BERNSTEIN by Meryle Secrest
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 10, 1994

"Another book for the growing shelf from which some Maynard Solomon or musical Walter Jackson Bate will have to winnow when the time comes to write a critical biography rather than the Bernstein story. (100 b&w photos) (First printing of 35,000)"
Another big Lenny B. bio, jam-packed with accomplishment and angst. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 9, 1994

"Sporadically amusing but wholly dispensable."
A random walk through the entrepreneurial outskirts of postindustrial commerce and show biz with a tour guide whose spiel has a nasty edge to it. Read full book review >
SEEING RED by Dan Shaughnessy
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 9, 1994

"But as long as guys like Shaughnessy can hold a pen, it's always Red's game; anyone else just came to play. (8 pages photos, not seen)"
Another work of Boston sports hagiography from one of the jock beat's leading home teamers. Read full book review >
THE BEST AMERICAN SPORTS WRITING 1994 by Tom Boswell
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 3, 1994

"Period."
An anthology containing some of the most amusing, insightful, and moving sports writing from the past year. Read full book review >
TAKE ME HOME by John Denver
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 2, 1994

"This may resonate with Denver's still-sizable following but few others. (Author tour)"
A hazily rendered autobiography of the popular 1970s folk singer. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >