Search Results: "Kurt Hollander"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Some will be offended, but this groundbreaking volume's artistic merit is indisputable."
A welcome opportunity for book readers to discover the pleasures of a periodical that was to the Reagan-Bush era what Evergreen Review was to the 1950s. Read full book review >

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KURT WEILL by Ronald Taylor
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 18, 1992

"Factually precise but uninspired: a biography that synthesizes much recent scholarship but offers little in the way of psychological or musical insight. (Illustrations.)"
Another composer's life from Taylor (Robert Schumann, 1982, etc.), whose clichÇ-ridden prose delivers a leaden account of the fascinating Kurt Weill (1900-50). Read full book review >

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PANDORA BY HOLLY HOLLANDER by Gene Wolfe
Released: Dec. 19, 1990

Fairly straightforward murder mystery from gifted fantasist Wolfe (most recently Castleview, p. 230). Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2012

"Vonnegut's most human of hearts beats on every page."
Selected and edited letters by the author of Cat's Cradle, Slaughterhouse-Five and other enduringly popular novels, letters that reveal Vonnegut's passions, annoyances, loves, losses, mind and heart. Read full book review >

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DIRTY KURT by Mary Serfozo
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 31, 1992

"The ending here isn't quite as much fun as what precedes it; still, this good-humored exaggeration of a universal problem will make a delightful readaloud. (Picture book. 3-8)"
In merry, impeccably crafted verse, Serfozo (Who Said Red?, 1988) explains why Kurt can't seem to stay clean—``Soup shot from his spoon when he dressed in his best/to slide down his tie stripes and rest on his vest,'' or, ``Ice cream drip-dropped as it flopped from the cone/onto Kurt when the cone wasn't even his own.'' With a new school starting in the fall, Mom points out that ``they're just going to think you're a dirt ball with feet.'' After a day's pondering, Kurt comes up with an effective way to keep at least his clothes clean: he wears his raincoat! Read full book review >

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KURT WOLFF by Michael Ermarth
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"Tantalizing in its view of Wolff and his world, especially the pre-Weimar period—and a sad commentary on how little publishers today heed his excellent example."
A biographical sketch of Wolff—founder of Pantheon Books—by his wife Helen, brief essays and anecdotes he produced for German radio in the early 1960's, and a smattering of correspondence—all ably edited by Ermarth (History/Dartmouth). Read full book review >

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LOVE AS ALWAYS, KURT by Loree Rackstraw
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 11, 2009

"Though tendentious, Rackstraw's account offers enough interesting material on Vonnegut and his work to please his many fans."
Adorning her text with enough exclamation points to resemble an exuberant teen's diary, the author recounts her long relationship with the noted American novelist. Read full book review >

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SAVE ME, KURT COBAIN by Jenny Manzer
YOUNG ADULT
Released: March 8, 2016

"A meandering exploration of abandonment and grief that switches tones too abruptly in its conclusion. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Kurt Cobain may be the answer to the central mystery of 15-year-old Nico's life. Read full book review >

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KURT WEILL ON STAGE by Foster Hirsch
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 12, 2002

"For the specialist and generalist alike, a wonderful portrayal of a fascinating and likable genius."
A first-rate survey of the enigmatic but brilliant composer's life and work. Read full book review >

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LETTERS TO KURT by Eric Erlandson
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 10, 2012

"A catharsis for the writer and perhaps for the reader as well."
Nearly two decades after the death of Kurt Cobain, a friend and fellow musician not only continues to mourn his suicide, but also rages against the culture that he holds responsible. Read full book review >

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THE WORK OF POETRY by John Hollander
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 23, 1997

"He smites, he laments, but he also enlightens."
Cautionary words about poetry from an idiosyncratic and surprising critic and poet. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1992

"The idea of such a comparative study has merit, but Hollander's analytically weak and ideologically top-heavy effort is more polemical conservatism than sound scholarship."
More counterculture-bashing from sociologist Hollander (Univ. of Massachusetts), here continuing in the form of a comparative review of anti-American sentiments around the world the campaign he began in Political Pilgrims (1981) and The Survival of the Adversary Culture (1988—not reviewed). Read full book review >