Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 296)

I AM SPOCK by Leonard Nimoy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 26, 1995

"It has no oomph. (Author tour)"
A disappointingly ordinary memoir by an extraordinary actor. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 23, 1995

"A small jewel of a book, as intricate and astonishing as the wonders it describes. (b&w drawings, not seen)"
A staff writer for the New Yorker presents a whimsical and often profound tour of a truly curious museum and its highly ironic curator. Read full book review >

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 >
Kirkus Interview
Jeff Chang
September 20, 2016

In the provocative essays in journalist Jeff Chang’s new book We Gon’ Be Alright, Chang takes an incisive and wide-ranging look at the recent tragedies and widespread protests that have shaken the country. Through deep reporting with key activists and thinkers, personal writing, and cultural criticism, We Gon’ Be Alright links #BlackLivesMatter to #OscarsSoWhite, Ferguson to Washington D.C., the Great Migration to resurgent nativism. Chang explores the rise and fall of the idea of “diversity,” the roots of student protest, changing ideas about Asian Americanness, and the impact of a century of racial separation in housing. “He implores readers to listen, act, and become involved with today’s activists, who offer ‘new ways to see our past and our present,’ ” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A compelling and intellectually thought-provoking exploration of the quagmire of race relations.” View video >