DID YOU EVER SEE A DREAM WALKING?

AMERICAN CONSERVATIVE THOUGHT IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY

To remedy a glaring neglect in their American Heritage Series, general editors Leonard Levy and Alfred Young gave the inimitable Buckley a loose rein to gather together his version of the best of twentieth century American conservative thought. Buckley's introduction, sober, cogent, of a pungency well below the Vidal debate heights, centers around the experiences of National Review and "their bearing, by the processes of exclusion, on a workable definition of contemporary conservatism." (The featured excludees: Avn Rand, Dr. Murray Rothbard and "his merry anarchists," Robert Welch and fellow Birchers, and dedicated atheists.) With a deliberate bias for the most current thinkers and an eclectic sensibility for attitudes and tones which are quintessentially conservative, Buckley "corrals into a single volume" diverse contributions by conservatives arch and archetypal on the historical and intellectual bases of American conservative thought, the limitations of the state, contemporary challenges to the social order, social science and the nature of progress, and the spiritual crises of Western culture and of conservatives resisting the twentieth century. Pieces range from the broadly analytical (like Gary Wills' "The Convenient State") to the issue-oriented (e.g., Ernest van den Haag's "Race: Claims, Rights and Prospects") to the poetical-devotional (Frederick D. Wilhelmsen's "Christmas in Christendom"). Buckley's selections and section prefaces reflect his individual dream talking, an asset insofar as this frames the parts into a cohesive (though pluralistic) personal vision, but a liability in a collection for a series intended to be standard and authoritative.

Pub Date: March 1, 1970

ISBN: 0672512408

Page Count: -

Publisher: Bobbs-Merrill

Review Posted Online: Oct. 13, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 1970

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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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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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