Search Results: "Ray Kurzweil"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 26, 2005

"An attractive picture of a plausible future; in 20 years, we may know if it actually works."
Worried about the Singularity? Fear not—here's the lowdown from an expert. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1999

"Heavy going in spots, but an extremely provocative glimpse of what the next few decades may well hold."
What will the world look like when computers are smarter than their owners? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 13, 2012

"A fascinating exercise in futurology."
A pioneering developer of optical character recognition and text-to-speech software explores the possibility of creating a synthetic neocortex that could surpass the human mind. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RAY CHARLES by Michael Lydon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 11, 1999

"Ironically, Lydon notes that the autobiography has 'only one fully fleshed-out character: Brother Ray'; the same could be said for his own work. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A disappointingly superficial account of the life of one of popular music's elder statesmen. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 12, 2011

"The sad story, well and respectfully told, of an American original struggling with procrustean politics, timorous producers and personal demons."
A veteran biographer of film legends records the sad career arc of Nicholas Ray (1911-1979), the director of one of Hollywood's most iconic films, Rebel Without a Cause (1955). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ARMADILLO RAY by John Beifuss
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"In his first book, Beifuss's text is somewhat wordy, but its point is simple and accessible, its protagonist endearing, and the vibrancy of the illustrations silences debate over minor details. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Readers will be drawn here first to newcomer Turley's paintings: oil pastels more dazzling than Mexican folk art that depict a stylized southwestern landscape. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RAY & JOAN by Lisa Napoli
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"A book characterized by deep research and a seamless weaving together of the details of different lives."
A dual biography of the man who made McDonald's ubiquitous and his third wife, who, after his death, spent the last two decades of her life becoming one of most generous philanthropists in American history. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

X-RAY by Ray Davies
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 25, 1995

"An overweening but entertaining mess."
The genius behind the Kinks escorts a fictional interlocutor through the first three decades of his life, with much of the perversity, charm, and uneasy wit of his most ambitious lyrics. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RAY HARRYHAUSEN by Ray Harryhausen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2004

"A must for special-effects aficionados and geeky fantasy addicts everywhere."
The king of stop-motion animation lays out his varied career. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RAY GUN by Dean Kuipers
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1997

"The anthology offers a stunning gallery of cutting-edge design, but its highly experimental mix of images and text is likely to make it of interest only to designers and the already initiated."
This anthology drawn from the pages of Ray Gun, one of the most visually idiosyncratic and original music magazines now being published, demonstrates just how consistently inventive and challenging the design of the magazine is but doesn't make the ``new niche cool'' publication any easier to understand. Read full book review >