Rosen ably navigates these murky waters where sexual-harassment, libel, and invasion of privacy jurisprudence intersect with...

THE UNWANTED GAZE

THE DESTRUCTINON OF PRIVACY IN AMERICA

A comprehensive and disturbing assessment of the often well-intentioned legal efforts that have culminated in a multi-pronged assault on civic notions of privacy and discretion—usefully epitomized by the Lewinsky affair.

Rosen (George Washington Univ. Law School/New Republic) deftly examines the daunting web of our wired, voyeuristic culture in developing a well-modulated argument for individual privacy in the public sphere. Much of Rosen’s thesis revolves around such diverse phenomena as sexual-harassment law and the increasingly commonplace workplace monitoring of e-communication. Yet Rosen is also concerned with what he persuasively views as a generalized whittling-down of the sanctity of the citizen’s space and “papers,” noting that protections guaranteed in landmark 18th- and 19th-century decisions have been tarnished by recent, infamous proceedings like the Bob Packwood affair (alongside less notorious but interesting cases). Still, Rosen is not tremendously polemical: his arguments are subtly modulated, combining sophisticated legal discussion with a keen sense of our contemporary scene’s foibles, funny and otherwise (as in Bill Clinton’s ironic support for Susan Molinari’s amendments regarding evidence admission to his 1994 crime bill, which later facilitated the Paula Jones lawsuit). Structurally, Rosen follows a sleek line, with simply titled chapters like “Privacy at Home” and “Privacy at Work” that allows his study to function both as an over-arching narrative of this grandiose erosion of the private society and as a handbook for those concerned enough to contemplate resistance, at least on the personal or community level. Such individuals may be most alarmed by the chapter “Privacy in Cyberspace,” which presents recent controversial cases—such as that of a Harvard Divinity School dean ousted for downloading pornography—and describes how every e-mail is centrally preserved and every online move tracked.

Rosen ably navigates these murky waters where sexual-harassment, libel, and invasion of privacy jurisprudence intersect with the mutated informational boundaries of cyberspace; his debut is a cohesive, attractive, and informative take on a truly unsettling, even grotesque face of contemporary life.

Pub Date: June 1, 2000

ISBN: 0-679-44546-3

Page Count: 288

Publisher: Random House

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15, 2000

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Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis...

THE ELEMENTS OF STYLE

50TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION

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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WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD

A LIFETIME OF RECORDINGS

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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