The Leonard Bernstein Letters

Leonard Bernstein used to be a charismatic and flexible musician—a terrific conductor who attained foreign super-star prestige, and a proficient composer of Broadway musicals (West aspect Story), symphonies (Age of Anxiety), choral works (Chichester Psalms), movie ratings (On the Waterfront), and lots more and plenty extra. Bernstein was once additionally an enthusiastic letter author, and this booklet is the 1st to give a wide-ranging choice of his correspondence. The letters were chosen for the insights they provide into the passions of his life—musical and personal—and the extravagant scope of his musical and extra-musical activities.
Bernstein’s letters inform a lot approximately this complicated guy, his collaborators, his mentors, and others as regards to him. His galaxy of correspondents encompassed, between others, Aaron Copland,Stephen Sondheim, Jerome Robbins, Thornton Wilder, Boris Pasternak, Bette Davis, Adolph eco-friendly, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and family together with his spouse Felicia and his sister Shirley. nearly all of those letters have by no means been released sooner than. they've been rigorously selected to illustrate the breadth of Bernstein’s musical pursuits, his consistent fight to discover the time to compose, his turbulent and complicated sexuality, his political actions, and his unending potential for exertions. past all this, those writings offer a glimpse of the fellow in the back of the legends: his humanity, heat, volatility, highbrow brilliance, amazing eye for descriptive element, and humor.

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Chasing the Flame: One Man's Fight to Save the World

By Samantha Power

During this excellent fit of writer and topic, Pulitzer Prize-winner Samantha strength tackles the lifetime of Sergio Vieira de Mello, whose paintings for the U.N. sooner than his 2003 dying in Iraq used to be emblematic of ethical fight at the international degree. strength has drawn on a wonderful breadth of analysis (including four hundred interviews) to teach us a heroic determine and the conflicts he waded into, from Cambodia's Khmer Rouge to the slaughter in Bosnia to the war-torn center East. the result's a peerless portrait of humanity and pragmatism, in addition to a historical past of our convulsive age.

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Struck by Genius: How a Brain Injury Made Me a Mathematical Marvel

By Jason Padgett

The impressive tale of a regular guy who was once reworked while a tense damage left him with a rare gift

No one sees the realm as Jason Padgett does. Water pours from the tap in crystalline styles, numbers bring to mind detailed geometric shapes, and complex fractal styles emerge from the circulate of tree branches, revealing the intrinsic mathematical designs hidden within the items round us.

Yet Padgett wasn’t born this fashion. Twelve years in the past, he had by no means made it earlier pre-algebra. yet a violent mugging without end altered the way in which his mind works, giving him distinct presents. His skill to appreciate math and physics skyrocketed, and he constructed the astounding skill to attract the advanced geometric shapes he observed in every single place. His wonderful, mathematically certain art illustrates his intuitive figuring out of complicated mathematics.

The first documented case of received savant syndrome with mathematical synesthesia, Padgett is a scientific wonder. Struck via Genius recounts how he overcame large setbacks and embraced his new brain. alongside the best way he fell in love, came upon pleasure in numbers, and spent lots of time having his head tested. Like Born on a Blue Day and My Stroke of Insight, his singular tale finds the wondrous capability of the human mind.

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Tesla: Inventor of the Electrical Age

By W. Bernard Carlson

Nikola Tesla used to be an important contributor to revolution that remodeled lifestyle on the flip of the 20 th century. His innovations, patents, and theoretical paintings shaped the root of contemporary AC electrical energy, and contributed to the improvement of radio and tv. Like his competitor Thomas Edison, Tesla used to be considered one of America's first star scientists, having fun with the corporate of latest York excessive society and superb the likes of Mark Twain together with his electric demonstrations. An astute self-promoter and proficient showman, he cultivated a public photograph of the eccentric genius. Even on the finish of his lifestyles while he was once dwelling in poverty, Tesla nonetheless attracted newshounds to his annual birthday interview, regaling them with claims that he had invented a particle-beam weapon in a position to bringing down enemy aircraft.

lots of biographies glamorize Tesla and his eccentricities, yet before none has rigorously tested what, how, and why he invented. during this groundbreaking e-book, W. Bernard Carlson demystifies the mythical inventor, putting him in the cultural and technological context of his time, and concentrating on his innovations themselves in addition to the production and upkeep of his famous person. Drawing on unique records from Tesla's inner most and public existence, Carlson indicates how he used to be an "idealist" inventor who sought the right experimental awareness of a very good thought or precept, and who skillfully offered his innovations to the general public via mythmaking and illusion.

This significant biography sheds new gentle on Tesla's visionary method of invention and the enterprise concepts in the back of his most vital technological breakthroughs.

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Love in a Headscarf

When Shelina Janmohamed, an Oxford-educated Muslim residing within the effervescent ethnic mixture of North London, opted for the conventional “arranged” path to discovering a companion, she by no means suspected it'd be the adventure of her life.
Through ten lengthy years of matchmaking buxom aunties, numerous mismatches, and outrageous courting failures, Shelina discovers extra approximately herself and her religion. alongside the best way, she learns that typically being real to her faith potential tough culture, whereas readers study a lot approximately Islam which could shock them. 

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Michael Jordan: The Life

By Roland Lazenby

The definitive biography of the main mythical basketball participant of all time.

Drawing on own relationships with Jordan's coaches; numerous interviews with buddies, teammates, kinfolk, and Jordan himself; and a long time within the trenches masking Jordan in university and the professionals, Roland Lazenby presents the 1st really definitive research of Jordan: the participant, the icon, and the man.

When most folk examine Michael Jordan, they suspect of the significant moments so ingrained in basketball heritage that they've their very own names: The Shrug, The Shot, The Flu video game. yet for all his greatness, there is additionally a depressing facet to Jordan: a ruthless competitor, a gambler. there is by no means been a biography that balanced those personas-until now.

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I, Goldstein: My Screwed Life

By Al Goldstein

The key contrast among Al Goldstein and Hugh Hefner is that the very last thing in the world Al will be stuck doing is taking himself heavily. another way, given the volume of difficulty Al has noticeable, his autobiography reads extra like a tragedy than the absurd, uproarious comedy it is.

Like a fats tiger with 9 lives, Al Goldstein consistently collides together with his personal mortality, but has survived for sixty nine years, to this point. lately, after eventually succeeding in cannibalizing his complete fortune, Goldstein toughed his approach via a whole 12 months homeless at the streets of recent York — simply his most recent accomplishment. Al’s record of priors contain dozen arrests, 4 ex-wives, Mafia hit contracts, millions of dying threats, innumerable clinical systems, and incessant felony assault all through his 34 years publishing Screw. Al’s blood enemies comprise politicians, D.A.'s, CEO's and spiritual officials.

When Goldstein used to be acquitted on pornography fees in Wichita, Kansas, in 1978, he flew the full jury to long island to have a good time at Plato's Retreat, and took all of them out to dinner at the anniversary of his acquittal. This landmark victory thereafter insured the precise of american citizens to view buck-ass bare intercourse without or with redeeming social value.

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Eating Fire: My Life as a Lesbian Avenger

By Kelly J. Cogswell

When Kelly Cogswell plunged into New York’s East Village in 1992, she had simply pop out. An ex–Southern Baptist born in Kentucky, she was once camping out in an street B loft, scribbling poems, and enjoying in an underground band, attempting to work out her subsequent stream. a few months later she was once fed on by means of the Lesbian Avengers, instigating direct motion campaigns, scuffling with law enforcement officials on 5th street, mobilizing 20,000 dykes for a march on Washington, D.C., and consuming fire—literally—in entrance of the White House.

At as soon as streetwise and wistful, Eating Fire is a witty and pressing coming-of-age memoir spanning twenty years, from the tradition struggle of the early Nineteen Nineties to the battle on Terror. Cogswell’s tale is a fascinating combination of picaresque experience, how-to activist instruction manual, and rigorous inquiry into questions of id, resistance, and citizenship. it's also a compelling, own recollection of friendships and fallings-out and of discovering actual love—several occasions over. After the Lesbian Avengers imploded, Cogswell describes how she turned a pioneering citizen journalist, cofounding the Gully on-line journal with the groundbreaking aim of supplying “queer perspectives on everything.”

The first in-depth account of the influential Lesbian Avengers, Eating Fire unearths the group’s courting to the queer artwork and activist scene in early ’90s big apple and establishes the media-savvy Avengers as an enormous precursor to teams similar to Occupy Wall highway and l. a. Barbe, in France. an extraordinary insider’s examine the method and perils of road activism, Kelly Cogswell’s memoir is an uncompromising and finally empowering tale of inventive resistance opposed to hatred and injustice.

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Orson Welles, Volume 3: One-Man Band

• A New York occasions booklet Review Editors’ selection •

The 3rd quantity of Simon Callow’s acclaimed Orson Welles biography, overlaying the interval of his exile from the USA (19471964), while he produced a few of his maximum works, together with Touch of Evil

In One-Man Band, the 3rd quantity in his epic and all-inclusive four-volume survey of Orson Welles’s existence and paintings, the distinguished British actor Simon Callow back probes in entire and penetrating aspect into probably the most complicated, contradictory artists of the 20 th century, whose wonderful triumphs (and occasional magnificent mess ups) in movie, radio, theater, and tv brought an intensive and unique technique that unfolded new instructions within the arts. 

This quantity starts with Welles’s self-exile from the United States, and his cognizance that he may possibly functionality simply to his personal delight as an self reliant movie maker, a one-man band, actually, which devoted him to a perpetual cycle of cash elevating. via 1964, he had filmed Othello, which took 3 years to accomplish; Mr. Arkadin, the main complicated movie in his output; and a masterpiece in one other style, Touch of Evil, which marked his one go back to Hollywood, and prefer all too lots of his motion pictures was once wrested from his seize and reedited. alongside the best way he made inroads into the fledgling medium of tv and a few degree performs, of which his 1955 London Moby-Dick is taken into account by means of theater historians to be one of many seminal productions of the century. His deepest existence was once as spectacularly advanced and dramatic as his expert existence. The booklet unearths what it was once wish to be round Welles, and, with an intricacy and precision hardly ever tried prior to, what it was once wish to be him, answering the riddle that has lengthy involved movie students and enthusiasts alike: no matter what occurred to Orson Welles?

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