Search Results: "Wayne Koestenbaum"


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MOIRA ORFEI IN AIGUES-MORTES by Wayne Koestenbaum
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Koestenbaum may be reaching to combine the mad genius of Pale Fire with the florid outlaw sexuality of Jean Genet, but his narrator has neither the wit of the former nor the nuance of the latter."
From poet and cultural critic Koestenbaum (The Queen's Throat: Opera, Homosexuality, and the Mystery of Desire, 1993, etc.), a first novel made up of the lunatic rantings of ailing concert pianist Theo Mangrove. Read full book review >

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MY 1980S AND OTHER ESSAYS by Wayne Koestenbaum
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 13, 2013

"A challenging, rich, aesthetic autobiography and intellectual high-wire act that rarely falters."
Critical and personal essays from noted poet and cultural critic Koestenbaum (English/CUNY Graduate Center; The Anatomy of Harpo Marx, 2012, etc.). Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 18, 1993

"Out of the closet and off the wall."
A wildly idiosyncratic attempt by Koestenbaum (English/Yale), who's gay, to establish opera as a paradigm of homosexuality. ``I hypothesize that opera's hypnotic hold over modern gay audiences has some connection to the erotic interlocking of words and music, two contrary symbolic systems with gendered attributes,'' Koestenbaum says. Read full book review >

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HUMILIATION by Wayne Koestenbaum
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 2, 2011

"Insightful and blissfully free of jargon, Humiliation may not be the last word on the subject, but it's an accessible introduction."
A series of meditations on the concept of humiliation. Read full book review >

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JACKIE UNDER MY SKIN by Wayne Koestenbaum
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1995

"Whether rhapsodizing about the size of Jackie's head or sharing the reasons Jackie reminds him of Chiclets, Koestenbaum makes connections so personal that they provoke nothing more than wonder that an associate professor at Yale has so much time on his hands. (photos, not seen)"
The author of National Book Critics Circle Awardwinning The Queen's Throat (1993) embarks on another self-indulgent adventure in cultural criticism. Read full book review >

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JOHN WAYNE by Scott Eyman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2014

"Insightful, exhaustive and engrossing—a definitive portrait of the man and the legend."
A comprehensive and compelling examination of The Duke. Read full book review >

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JOHN WAYNE by Dan Barden
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 9, 1997

"There are sharp, persuasive glimpses here of the reality of celebrity life and the agony of a family coming apart at the seams, but the novel remains an odd pastiche in which fiction and fact commingle without generating clarity or significant insights."
An unsettling and uneven blend of fact and fiction in a first novel about one family's involvement with John Wayne. Read full book review >

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JOHN WAYNE: AMERICAN by Randy Roberts
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 11, 1995

"Despite its occasional clunkiness, this is very likely to be the definitive Wayne biography for years to come. (38 pages b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
An epic biography of one of America's most popular and iconographic movie stars. Read full book review >

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WAYNE AND FORD by Nancy Schoenberger
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"There's nothing groundbreaking here, but compleatist fans of Wayne and Ford will enjoy revisiting the films discussed."
Biography of the two figures, actor and director, who defined the Western film genre. Read full book review >

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WAYNE OF GOTHAM by Tracy Hickman
Released: June 26, 2012

"Neither as grim as its cinematic counterpart nor as byzantine as the current comics, but casual readers and fanboys alike may be caught off guard by this divergent adventure."
Bruce Wayne, Gotham City's dark knight, discovers that the primeval event of his life—the murder of his parents, Thomas and Martha—may hold clues to the nature of his worst enemies. Read full book review >