Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 301)

THE FORBIDDEN BESTSELLERS OF PRE-REVOLUTIONARY FRANCE by Robert Darnton
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 1, 1995

"A fascinating, if peculiar, study of the flip side of Enlightenment France's Great Books, though the broader implications are just out of this volume's reach. (Photos, maps, not seen)"
Continuing his expert exploration of 18th-century French publishing and reading, Darnton (Berlin Journal, 1991, etc.) takes on the salacious, seditious, and sociological natures of the potboilers banned and in high demand during the reign of Louis XV. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 1, 1995

"A curious footnote, considering the author (who has profiled Woodstock I as well as Bob Dylan) appears to be stuck in 1969."
Spitz attempts to cash in on the 25th anniversary of the New York Knicks' first NBA championship in 1969 in a style that combines the worst elements of rock criticism, celebrity tell-all, and all-sports radio. Read full book review >

AN ANTHROPOLOGIST ON MARS by Oliver Sacks
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Feb. 21, 1995

"Readers may come to Sacks's work as voyeurs, but they will leave it with new and profound respect for the endless labyrinth of the human mind."
In seven case histories, Sacks (The Man Who Mistook His Wife Fora Hat, 1985, etc.) once again presents the bizarre both clinically and lyrically, challenging assumptions about the landscape of human reality. Read full book review >
CHANEL by Amy de la Haye
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 20, 1995

"Chanel."
This handsomely illustrated history of the work, rather than the life, of couturiere Gabrielle ``Coco'' Chanel (18831971) is more a commercial than a personal biography. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 15, 1995

"Intricately detailed and perceptively digressive, Falkner's work is as good as the best books by Donald Honig or Roger Kahn. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
Like all fine sports biographies, this one is not merely about an athlete. Read full book review >

ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Feb. 9, 1995

"This deserves wide reading among fans of blues and traditional musical forms. (100 b&w photos)"
A quirky inquiry into the nature of the blues. Read full book review >
MOZART by Maynard Solomon
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Feb. 2, 1995

"A splendid book with ramifications for the whole study of Western culture, not just classical music."
Finally, a Mozart biography that evokes a believable portrait of a striving, powerfully creative human being. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"Generating more questions than it can answer, this slender, provocative work may play a central role in renewed debate over funding for public television in a Republican-dominated Congress."
Three studies of public affairs television, performed for a media watchdog group, challenge allegations that the medium has a liberal bias. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"16 pages illustrations, not seen)."
All-around entertainment veteran Leonard—onetime radio and movie performer, then TV director and producer—recalls his emblematic career in a tough business. Read full book review >
LITTLE RIVERS by Margot Page
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"Page adds a touch of light poetry to a genre little known for graceful writing. (12 b&w illustrations, not seen)"
A rare woman in male-dominated waters, Page, editor of The American Fly Fisher, is more interested in ``the light on the water'' than on the size of fish, in ``inspiration, not data.'' Although she was a latecomer to the fishing mania, Page's essays show that her eventual infection was inevitable, given her family heritage and her marriage to Tom Rosenbauer (The Orvis Fly- Fishing Guide, not reviewed). Read full book review >
THE LIVING THEATRE by John Tytell
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"Throughout, Tytell uses an acolyte's overheated language to uncritically celebrate a long-gone era in the arts. (Photos, not seen)"
A florid history of the 1960s' best-known radical theater. Read full book review >
CARTOONS by Giannalberto Bendazzi
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"A videotape or CD-ROM is the only thing missing from this exhaustive project. (95 color plates, 150 b&w photos)"
This massive history of film animation is inclusive to distraction and makes for awkward prose. 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 >