In 1989, Nalepka and three companions capsized in a trimaran off New Zealand and spent a record 118 days adrift. Now, with the help of Callahan—who recorded his own sea-survival tale in Adrift (1985)—Nalepka renders a soulful, emotional account of his ordeal. Nalepka is a 38-year-old cook at Outward Bound in New Zealand when, lusting for adventure, he signs up with middle-aged playboy- skipper John Glennie to sail to Tonga along with Rick Heilregel, a young kayaker in remission from brain cancer, and Phil Hofman, only 42 but a veteran of open-heart surgery. Three days out of port, the boat capsizes in a storm, turning the next four months into a mini- Poseidon Adventure in which the ship floats upside down but the four men manage to survive, with minimal harm, on stored-away food plus rainwater they collect and fish and birds they snare. There are occasional trials of cold, hunger, and thirst but, with most of the ship submerged, the men's greatest challenge—and what raises this account above a routine endurance tale—is learning how to put up with one another in horribly tight quarters. Cramped physically and psychically, squabbling over bits of food and space, but also bonding to one another (the author grew particularly close to Rick), the men come to see that survival for each depends on the skills of all. Nalepka relates this growing revelation with passion but also in overheated prose (``Glennie is like a mad Boy Scout leader. Sometimes I wonder if he's even in the same solar system'') that only quiets down in the book's surpassingly moving conclusion, when, months after the ordeal, Nalepka tends Rick as his friend dies painfully of resurgent cancer. An earnest and engrossing, if overwritten, addition to the literature of survival, though not on a par with coauthor Callahan's tale. (Eight pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)

Pub Date: Oct. 21, 1992

ISBN: 0-06-017961-9

Page Count: 240

Publisher: HarperCollins

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15, 1992

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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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Privately published by Strunk of Cornell in 1918 and revised by his student E. B. White in 1959, that "little book" is back again with more White updatings.

Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis (whoops — "A bankrupt expression") a unique guide (which means "without like or equal").

Pub Date: May 15, 1972

ISBN: 0205632645

Page Count: 105

Publisher: Macmillan

Review Posted Online: Oct. 28, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 1972

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