A compelling hybridization of sex and critical theory.

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BUFFALO TRACE

A THREEFOLD VIBRATION

Three scholars share their intimate experiences with identity.

Anchored in Buffalo, the book traces the experiences of three writers: Cappello (English/Univ. of Rhode Island; Life Breaks In: A Mood Almanack, 2016, etc.), Morrison (Film and Literature/Claremont McKenna Coll.; Everyday Ghosts, 2011, etc.), and Walton (Gender and Women’s Studies/Univ. of Rhode Island; Fair Sex, Savage Dreams: Race, Psychoanalysis, Sexual Difference, 2001). Each author takes a section of the book, underlining the different ways in which their identity was questioned both in their academic endeavors and romances. As a gay graduate student at SUNY-Buffalo, Morrison spent his academic career studying the works of the poststructuralists by way of modernist works of literature. “I wanted above all to be an intellectual without being pretentious, if such a thing was possible,” he writes. Most importantly, Morrison wanted to instill in his students the urgency of writing. He waxes poetic about the meaning of writing in a world where everything is determined and questions the role of the reader in the signifying process. Cappello memorably relates how she began to fall for Walton, a fellow graduate student, and Walton describes her thoughts as she collected women around her: “I had decided it was time to put into practice a new ethic with regard to intimate liaisons, sternly forbidding myself from coloring them with the conventions of romantic love, which is to say, the whole story of exclusive monogamy, engagement, marriage, baby carriage.” The authors weave a thick web of interpersonal theory, effectively creating a praxis around sexuality, literature, and critical theory. Though much of the book is a series of countless allusions to literature that might feel foreign to some readers, it is an engaging account of academia as well as a series of highly personal (and effective) applications of theory in real life.

A compelling hybridization of sex and critical theory.

Pub Date: Sept. 4, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-947980-18-1

Page Count: 264

Publisher: Spuyten Duyvil

Review Posted Online: May 25, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 2018

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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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MOMOFUKU MILK BAR

With this detailed, versatile cookbook, readers can finally make Momofuku Milk Bar’s inventive, decadent desserts at home, or see what they’ve been missing.

In this successor to the Momofuku cookbook, Momofuku Milk Bar’s pastry chef hands over the keys to the restaurant group’s snack-food–based treats, which have had people lining up outside the door of the Manhattan bakery since it opened. The James Beard Award–nominated Tosi spares no detail, providing origin stories for her popular cookies, pies and ice-cream flavors. The recipes are meticulously outlined, with added tips on how to experiment with their format. After “understanding how we laid out this cookbook…you will be one of us,” writes the author. Still, it’s a bit more sophisticated than the typical Betty Crocker fare. In addition to a healthy stock of pretzels, cornflakes and, of course, milk powder, some recipes require readers to have feuilletine and citric acid handy, to perfect the art of quenelling. Acolytes should invest in a scale, thanks to Tosi’s preference of grams (“freedom measurements,” as the friendlier cups and spoons are called, are provided, but heavily frowned upon)—though it’s hard to be too pretentious when one of your main ingredients is Fruity Pebbles. A refreshing, youthful cookbook that will have readers happily indulging in a rising pastry-chef star’s widely appealing treats.    

 

Pub Date: Oct. 25, 2011

ISBN: 978-0-307-72049-8

Page Count: 256

Publisher: Clarkson Potter

Review Posted Online: Jan. 13, 2012

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15, 2011

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