Andy Kaufman Revealed! – Bob Zmuda

Bob Zmuda's memoir Andy Kaufman Revealed! is both invaluable and exasperating. As Kaufman's writer and fellow provocateur, Zmuda was involved in all of his best known outrages: he served as referee (or ringside "lawyer") for the inter-gender wrestling matches, heckled Kaufman from the audience in televised comedy club appearances,  ...

Wonderful Town

Wonderful Town was the second of Leonard Bernstein's trio of 'New York' musicals begun in 1944 with On The Town and completed with 1957's West Side Story. If it is the least well remembered then the fault does not lie with either its score or Comden and Green's witty,  ...

Wonder Boys – Michael Chabon

Michael Chabon’s luminous 1988 coming-of-age novel, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, was one of the auspicious literary debuts of the last dozen or so years. Written in an assured and full-throated lyrical voice, the book began life as an MFA thesis and was published to critical acclaim and bestsellerdom when  ...

Women of the Third Reich – Anna Maria Sigmund

The Nazi slogan “Women must be emancipated from women’s emancipation” appears early in this book, and one can easily see the attraction for any historian, male or female, of investigating the dichotomies it presents. For though the Nazi regime was almost exclusively male, its rise to power would have  ...

Wildflowers – The New York Loft Jazz Sessions

The common critical consensus is that the 1970s, particularly the latter half of the decade, were the historical low point for jazz in America. Very few albums survive from that era, compared with the avalanches of reissues and vault clearing box-sets of 1950s and 60s groups. Part of this  ...

Tender Comrades

derma e Vitamin A Retinyl Palmitate Wrinkle Treatment Creme The statistics of the McCarthy era still are mind boggling: 6.5 million U.S. citizens were investigated for "loyalty" by state or federal agencies, including the FBI. In the entertainment industry, the Hollywood blacklist began in 1947 and lasted  ...

Real Live Woman – Trisha Yearwood

In a world where many a former country diva (Faith, Shania) is deserting her roots for pop superstardom, while yesterday's grand dames (Dolly) seem to be embracing their past glories as fast as their record sales decline, Trisha Yearwood provides a breath of fresh air. With a voice that  ...

The Talented Mr. Ripley – Patricia Highsmith

Novelist Patricia Highsmith (1921-1995) is receiving some well-deserved media attention these days thanks to Anthony Minghella’s opulent Hollywood version of The Talented Mr. Ripley. The film has much to recommend it, but it sorely lacks Highsmith’s pitch-black humor and blithe amorality. Less an adaptation than a wholesale reinterpretation, Minghella’s  ...