16 November 2006

Cultural Criticism — Gary Giddins

'A critic,' Philip Larkin once declared, 'is a man who likes some things and dislikes others, and finds reasons for doing so and for trying to persuade other people to do so.' Gary Giddins has been doing this for many years. In several collections of jazz journalism (including the recent Weather Bird) Giddins has conveyed his enthusiasm for and devotion to the music and its practitioners. This latest book includes pieces on jazz, but also illuminating essays on silent movies, film noir, TV shows, DVD and CD releases, Norman Mailer, Ralph Ellison, Classics Illustrated, Friedrich Durrenmatt and the Jewish novelist Soma Morgenstern. Giddins' firm conviction is that ... Read more >>

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