Search Results: "Edward W. Berlin"


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SCOTT JOPLIN by Edward W. Berlin
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"For one-stop shoppers, Berlin edges out the competition, thanks to his more thorough knowledge of music. (Illustrations, not seen)"
The second biography of legendary ragtime composer Joplin to appear this year (the first was Susan Curtis's Dancing to a Black Man's Tune: A Life of Scott Joplin, p. 450), written from the perspective of a musicologist. Read full book review >

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LOVE COOLS by W. Edward Blain
Released: Sept. 16, 1992

"If you can believe academics and literary hacks would really sweat so hard for so little gain, you'll enjoy this improbably convoluted baffler."
Blain moves modestly but effectively out of the adolescent milieu of the Montpelier School for Boys (Passion Play, 1990) and across the Blue Ridge to Rockbridge, Virginia, where the Stone Mountain Arts School's amateur theatricals will bring together Richard Blackburn, a prankster schoolboy dismissed from Montpelier for plagiarism; Oscar Davidson, his teacher and accuser, and widower of the late Shakespearean scholar Sarah Davidson, killed a month before in a suspicious fire; Chris Nivens, her former graduate student and tenant; Sarah's sister and editor Anne Lindsey; and a million other equally suspicious characters. Read full book review >

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OUT OF PLACE by Edward W. Said
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 24, 1999

"A beautiful and moving account that stands on its own as a classic in the art of memoir and as a key to understanding the genesis of Said's intellectual work."
Said's compassionate and lyrical memoir explores his feelings of displacement in both his cultural setting and his family, revealing the roots of his intellectual, political, and personal unfolding. Read full book review >

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Released: Feb. 1, 1982

"Jacques Derrida and Michel Foucault (a valuable service); and if he fails to present a strong case for the originality or coherence of his own approach to criticism, he touches on a wide spectrum of lit-crit schools with erudition and balance—making this a quietly provocative collection for specialists in critical theory."
Said (Orientalism, Covering Islam) presents his more strictly academic/literary side here—in a dozen more-or-less-related essays, most of which derive from lectures and academic-journal pieces. Read full book review >

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FROM OSLO TO IRAQ AND THE ROAD MAP by Edward W. Said
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 10, 2004

"Always controversial, but worthwhile for those who follow current events—and those who wish for peace in Palestine."
A gathering of recent, polemical pieces on the Middle East by the late literary scholar, pinning most of the blame for the troubles on Israel, but assigning some to the PLO. Read full book review >

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BREWING REASON by Edward W. Grey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 22, 2016

"An intriguing brief against religion set in a stiff and uninvolving romance."
Sparks fly when a fundamentalist Christian boy and a militant atheist girl fall in love in this debut novel of free-thinking ideas. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 10, 2000

"A powerful, groundlevel perspective on one of the greatest tragedies of our time."
A collection of 50 impassioned, damning essays on the consequences of the Middle East peace process. Read full book review >

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THE VISTA ALASKA LETTERS by Edward W. Wilson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 7, 2014

"A resonant, if sketchy, wilderness sojourn for seasoned or aspiring social-action volunteers."
A former Volunteers In Service To America initiate recounts his time in Alaska in this vicariously captivating, if underdeveloped, epistolary memoir. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 30, 1994

"A highly charged and eminently readable critique of a sandstorm in the world's eye."
A lucid compilation of 39 essays by Said (Comparative Literature/Columbia), the most eloquent spokesperson for the Palestinian cause in the Western world since the Arab defeat in the 1967 war against Israel. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 25, 1994

"But Said sees the irony as well, and he struggles honestly in these essays to describe a role for the intellectual in which the moral authority of the prophetic outsider is not purchased by forfeiting all political and social engagement."
In six essays delivered as lectures for the BBC, Said (The Politics of Dispossession, p. 537, etc.) makes the case that intellectuals should maintain a vigilant skepticism toward all received wisdoms. Read full book review >

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ORIENTALISM by Edward W. Said
Released: Nov. 30, 1978

"The book is redundant and not always reasonable, but bound to cut a wide swath and leave its mark."
One may quibble with the title: this is a study of Islamic Orientalism solely, of Western representations of the Near East, with little or no direct reference to Persia, India, China, Japan. Read full book review >