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Her book goes beyond the tale of how she survived rape, physical self-abuse, attempted suicide, and selling her body on Craigslist, after being thrown into the secular world with no moral compass to guide her, to analyze how she overcame her past and was eventually accepted to Harvard. Vincent doesn’t sensationalize what happened to her; she’s more concerned with writing about how she reclaimed what belonged to her all along — freedom, agency, self-sufficiency.
— Extract from East Coker, T.S. Eliot (via csi-middle-earth)
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These books will take you from the Ed Sullivan Show where the Beatles first played on American television, to the mystical darkness of the movie theater, to the smoky Harlem clubs where Duke Ellington tickled the ivories. Here are must-reads for that special hepcat or burgeoning cultural critic.
The Chronicle of Jazz by Mervyn Cooke
Part rich genealogy and part collection of emotional human stories, Cooke offers manifold ways of experiencing a beloved as well as ever evolving art form.
How to Read a Film by James Monaco
An indispensable guide to all of the critical gear one would need to understand and more fully appreciate the inner workings of a movie.
The Republic of Rock by Michael J. Kramer
A penetrating look into how the music amongst American youth cultures in San Francisco and Vietnam during the 1960s bred a generation of politically self-aware citizens.
Balanchine and the Lost Muse: Revolution & the Making of a Choreographer by Elizabeth Kendall
A portrait of the legendary ballet choreographer as a young man, the political landscape that shaped him, and the friend who haunted the foundations of his innovative career.
Instead of focusing on the established demi-gods of music history, music historian Elijah Wald shifts the spotlight to the audiences and the working musicians on the cusp of fame, who he argues are more accurate barometers of American society.
Dig: Sound and Music in Hip Culture by Phil Ford
A guided tour through the sonic and the surreptitious world of the mid-century counter-culture movement.
Before Agatha Christie became the world’s best-selling mystery writer, toxic compounds were, for a time, part of her everyday life.
For most of the First World War (1914–1918), Christie worked in a hospital as a nurse and later mixing medicines, as she recalled in her autobiography. “It was while I working in the dispensary that I first conceived of writing a detective story,” wrote Christie (1890–1976).
She first learned about “curare,” which is stored in clay pots like this one, as a young woman from a deceptively bland pharmacist…
Nobel author Doris Lessing dies at 94
Nobel prize-winning author Doris Lessing has died at the age of 94, The Guardian reports.
At 88 years old, she became the oldest author to win the Nobel prize in literature.
Born in Iran, brought up in the African bush in Zimbabwe – where her 1950 first novel, The Grass Is Singing, was set – Lessing had been a London resident for more than half a century. In 2007 she arrived back to West Hampstead, north London, by taxi, carrying heavy bags of shopping, to find the doorstep besieged by reporters and camera crews. “Oh Christ,” she said, on learning that their excitement was because at 88 she had just become the oldest author to win the Nobel prize in literature. Only the 11th woman to win the honour, she had beaten that year’s favourite, the American author Philip Roth.
Pausing rather crossly on her front path, she said “one can get more excited”, and went on to observe that since she had already won all the other prizes in Europe, this was “a royal flush”.
Later she remarked: “I’m 88 years old and they can’t give the Nobel to someone who’s dead, so I think they were probably thinking they’d probably better give it to me now before I’ve popped off.”
Lessing is the author of more than 50 novels ranging from political to science fiction.
Photo: Doris Lessing with her prize insignia of the 2007 Nobel prize in literature. (Shaun Curry/AFP/Getty Images)
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