RUMBLES LEFT AND RIGHT

A BOOK ABOUT TROUBLESOME PEOPLE AND IDEAS

William F. Buckley, Jr., who dissipated his power to shock in his first book, God And Man At Yale, here discusses such figures as Norman Mailer and Adam Clayton Powell; such matters as progressive eduction; and such problems as integration. That is to say, he swats gnats with a sledge hammer; kicks a dead horse; and shoots fish in a barrel. There is also a hymn to Barry Goldwater and a dirge for Whittaker chambers. His essay on Khrushchev's visit to the United States must stand as the ast cry for the comforts of the walled city. An outline of his TV appearance on ack Paar's show and his close analysis of a series of columns by Murray Kempton rate some sort of award for documented, unintentional humor. There are four essays outside politics — on sailing; a plea for clear speech; his travel sores in Japan and a call to Americans to begin complaining loudly about the minor irritations of transport and personal service. These last fit the Buckley style more comfortably than do the political essays — for which he is noted wherever the Right meet to right. Major advertising is planned and (no matter what anyone has to say about it) the book will sell — it's an author stimulated audience via TV and his magazine.

Pub Date: April 12, 1963

ISBN: 1245552740

Page Count: -

Publisher: Putnam

Review Posted Online: Oct. 13, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1, 1963

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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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