THE COAST

A JOURNEY DOWN THE ATLANTIC SHORE

A well-written travelogue from a founding editor of American Heritage who drove the length of the East Coast with frequent stops to walk the beaches and talk with natives. Thorndike's record of the journey—actually, several trips over a period of years—takes him down the coast from Maine to Key West. Along the way, he visits the top of Manhattan's Twin Towers and Virginia's Chincoteague Island; Maine lobstermen tell of mysterious winter fires in the houses of summer people; and Coast Guard officers tell of rescuing boaters in the waters off the Virginia Capes. The early explorers are all mentioned here— Champlain, Hudson, Verrazano, and many less famous—as are the planners and developers, from Robert Moses of New York to Henry M. Flagler, who built the railroad to the Florida Keys. Thorndike applauds the work of conservationists and shows what nature can do to an overbuilt shore-front, whether by the slow death of erosion or by the hammer blow of a Hurricane Hugo. And he's eloquent in his plea that the coastline be kept open to all instead of being fenced off and guarded, as over 90 percent of it already is. An effective combination of eyeball observation, rich history, and sad acknowledgement of how poorly we have used still another national resource. (Line drawings—not seen.)

Pub Date: March 25, 1993

ISBN: 0-312-08700-4

Page Count: 256

Publisher: St. Martin's

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 1993

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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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