Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 293)

THE CHINA VOYAGE by Tim Severin
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 23, 1995

"Brilliantly told story of hope, camaraderie, and closeness to the elements. (color inserts, not seen)"
Award-winning writer and adventurer Severin (In Search of Genghis Khan, 1992, etc.) describes how he and his crew of seven made the seemingly impossible voyage across the Pacific in a craft that Chinese sailors might have used 2,000 years ago. Read full book review >
MUSICAGE by John Cage
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 20, 1995

"Cagey thoughts that will surely knot your brow."
A philosophical discourse embodying a lifetime's aesthetic explorations by infamous composer John Cage (191292). Read full book review >

ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 20, 1995

"Copeland has had more than his share of unusual experiences and describes them with some wit, but as a booking agent, he can't provide enough of an inside look at bands and the world of rock to capture most readers. (Author tour)"
A tolerably diverting autobiography by a member of a minor music-industry dynasty, from juvenile delinquency in the Middle East to huge success as a booking agent for new wave bands. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 19, 1995

"Not the goofy, New Age tract you might expect, but probably too abstruse for most basketball fans, with too much basketball for spiritual seekers."
Chicago Bulls coach Jackson (with People editor Delehanty) offers an unusual mixture of New Age advice and basketball knowledge, a sort of Zen and the Art of Pro Hoops. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 15, 1995

"Lipsyte and Levine mesh well together, and it would be great to see them write a real, comprehensive social history of American sport."
A collaboration between one of our finest sportswriters, New York Times columnist Lipsyte, and one of the premier academic sports historians, Levine (Michigan State Univ.), tracing the history of American sport through the lives of 16 of its most important icons. Read full book review >

ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 15, 1995

"The book is aided immeasurably by thoughtful texts by jazz recording veterans Cuscuna and Lourie."
During the key years between 1939 and 1966, Blue Note records was at the forefront of quality jazz recording. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 15, 1995

"Humanizing, a valuable panorama of US classical music culture, and an irresistible inducement to seek out the Mitropoulos performances left to us on records. (66 b&w photos, not seen)"
A first-rate biographical study of one of the century's more important conductors, Dimitri Mitropoulos (18961960). Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 12, 1995

"S'readable and and fans will think that s'enjoyable, if not exactly that s'wonderful. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
Memoirs, gossip, music history, and a little New Age philosophy from this noted cabaret star. Read full book review >
ICONS by Dodie Kazanjian
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Those who aren't appalled will be amused."
Fifteen fashion articles from Kazanjian, a senior writer at Vogue (and coauthor with Calvin Tomkins of Alex: The Life of Alexander Liberman, 1993). Read full book review >
I, FELLINI by Charlotte Chandler
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Instead, we get Fellini in too many of his own words. (32 pages b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
A frenetic, inflated outing with one of the world's great filmmakers, who died in 1993 at the age of 73. Read full book review >
FRAGMENTS by Andre de Toth
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Although it suffers a bit from longueurs in the last hundred pages and is unforthcoming about de Toth's actual filmmaking experiences, Fragments is an entertaining and unexpected look at an unconventional life."
Faber's latest entry in its excellent film book series is the autobiography of one of Hollywood's most underrated filmmakers. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Still, this is as thorough a recounting as we can probably hope for of this extraordinary but neglected talent. (50 b&w photos, not seen)"
Knowledgeable and meticulous, this is the first full-scale biography of America's first horror-film auteur. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
author of SEINFELDIA
August 22, 2016

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong’s new bestseller Seinfeldia is the hilarious behind-the-scenes story of two guys who went out for coffee and dreamed up Seinfeld —the cultural sensation that changed television and bled into the real world. Comedians Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld never thought anyone would watch their silly little sitcom about a New York comedian sitting around talking to his friends. NBC executives didn’t think anyone would watch either, but they bought it anyway, hiding it away in the TV dead zone of summer. But against all odds, viewers began to watch, first a few and then many, until nine years later nearly 40 million Americans were tuning in weekly. In Seinfeldia, TV historian and entertainment writer Armstrong celebrates the creators and fans of this American television phenomenon, bringing readers behind-the-scenes of the show while it was on the air and into the world of devotees for whom it never stopped being relevant, a world where the Soup Nazi still spends his days saying “No soup for you!” “Armstrong’s intimate, breezy history is full of gossipy details, show trivia, and insights into how famous episodes came to be,” our reviewer writes. “Perfect for Seinfeldians and newcomers alike.” View video >