Tuesday, November 07, 2000
Thurber's world and welcome to it
Thurber's comic hero, who came to be known as Thurber Man, is a squinty, skewed kind of guy; a digression blinking at a wife, a boss, an errand that wants him straight, and on time. He knows human nature, but not what can possibly be done about it. He is contemporary to the more dominant species, Hemingway Man, but from a galaxy far away.
posted by Marco Graziosi 1:52 PM
Monday, November 06, 2000
Webs of weeds
The Gormenghast trilogy, together with the dazzling drawings he produced in the 1940s and 1950s, have no parallel in English art or fiction. But he paid a terrible price. This biography tells the story of his inexorable decline into premature senility in competent detail, but adds disappointingly little to previous accounts by Peake’s wife and others. By sticking relentlessly to the superficial facts of a life that operated far below surface reality, Yorke too often downgrades his subject.
Review of Mervyn Peake: My Eyes Mint Gold - a Life by Malcolm Yorke
posted by Marco Graziosi 10:53 AM
'Oz' Expert: If Ever Oh Ever a Wiz There Was
There's no yellow brick road to find the way, but starting Friday the Los Angeles Central Library is transforming itself into the wonderful land of Oz. Through Feb. 24 the Library's Getty Gallery will be home to "A Century of Oz," an exhibition featuring more than 400 items related to L. Frank Baum's classic stories.
Celebrating the centennial of the publication of "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz," the exhibition is presenting what apparently is the greatest number of Oz material ever publicly displayed. Among the rare items will be the Wicked Witch's hourglass and a Munchkin costume from the classic 1939 film, a fine copy of the first Oz book and the first editions of Spanish-language Oz books. All the items come from the Willard Carroll Collection, considered the world's finest.
latimes.com - Calendar Live - Books & Talks
posted by Marco Graziosi 6:09 AM
Sunday, November 05, 2000
Observer review: Hans Christian Andersen by Jackie Wullschlager
Hans Christian Andersen's fairy-tales won him fame and wealth - but he probably died a virgin. Jackie Wullschlager tells the story of the life of the great storyteller.
posted by Marco Graziosi 1:44 PM