Monthly Archives: January 2007

Review: Ebert, Awake in the Dark

January 3, 2007
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Review: Ebert, Awake in the Dark

The December 24 issue of the Denver Post ran a review by Stephen Rosen comparing and contrasting several of this year’s top titles in books about the cinema. In the review, Rosen covers several of Ebert’s guides and essay collections but reserves special praise for Awake in the Dark: The Best of Roger Ebert. Rosen remarks: While the ailing Roger Ebert has been able to publish his annual paper-bound Roger Ebert’s Movie Yearbook 2007, the best addition to his many titles is the new hardbound Awake in the Dark: The Best of Roger Ebert, which contains selected writings from the past 40 years of his Pulitzer Prize-winning work. And indeed, with Awake in the Dark, both fans and film buffs can finally bask in the best of Ebert. The reviews, interviews, and essays collected here present a complete picture of this indispensable critic’s important contributions to the cinema and cinephilia. Thus Awake in the Dark is a must-have for anyone desiring a fascinating (and compulsively readable) chronicle of film since the late 1960s. . . .

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Review: Gennari, Blowin’ Hot and Cool

January 2, 2007
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Review: Gennari, Blowin’ Hot and Cool

In reviewing Blowing Hot and Cool: Jazz and its Critics for the December 17 issue of the Independent, jazz columnist Sholto Byrnes argues that “in the first century of jazz’s existence, it’s the critics who have articulated the arguments about where jazz is from, who it belongs to and where its boundaries lie. have been its historians and its definers.” And as the first academic exploration into the legacy of these critics and their powerful role in defining jazz, Byrnes’ review acknowledges John Gennari’s Blowin’ Hot and Cool as an essential contribution to the history of the music. Byrnes writes: is a valuable book, and a fascinating one, ranging from the the important role played by the critic John Hammond in promoting Benny Goodman and Bessie Smith in the 1930s, to the epic battles fought over the ‘Young Lions’ movement in the 1980’s. An original and comprehensive approach to jazz history, Gennari’s book will be appreciated by anyone wanting to know more about how modern culture has come to see one of America’s greatest musical traditions. Read an excerpt along with a soundtrack the author outlined to go with the book. . . .

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Press Release: Sereni, The Selected Poetry and Prose of Vittorio Sereni

January 2, 2007
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Press Release: Sereni, The Selected Poetry and Prose of Vittorio Sereni

The first substantial translation of Sereni’s work published anywhere in the world, The Selected Poetry and Prose of Vittorio Sereni is a unique guide to this classic twentieth-century poet. This bilingual edition collects the most representative poems from Sereni’s oeuvre, as well as a selection of prose works that extends the themes of his poetry. The book also contains examples of Sereni’s short fiction, published here in English for the first time. With a full chronology, commentary, bibliography, and learned introduction by distinguished British poet and scholar Peter Robinson, The Selected Poetry and Prose of Vittorio Sereni is the only authorized rendering of Sereni’s verse in English. Read the press release. . . .

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