Although he comes across as slightly egotistical (not necessarily unwarranted due to all that he has accomplished and participated), Belafonte's 'My SAlthough he comes across as slightly egotistical (not necessarily unwarranted due to all that he has accomplished and participated), Belafonte's 'My Song' was the perfect follow-up to my reading Isabel Wilkerson's 'The Warmth Of Other Suns'. It almost served as a sequel of sorts as Belafonte's life somewhat serves as yet another profile of Wilkerson's (though he is from the West Indies not from the US South). Anyway, I was astonished at the commitment of Belafonte to social issues pretty much his entire life. He stands as a perfect example of an "entertainer" who uses that position to advance the social conditions of all of us. There is a part in the book where an associate refers to Belafonte as an actor who convinced audiences he was a singer due to the fact that his singing voice is/was perfunctory at best. I would go one step further to say that Belafonte is really a social activist (and proud leftist-Socialist) who convinced the world he is an entertainer. Overall, a wonderful memoir if you are looking for a concise history of American leftist politics in the 20th century...seriously. ...more
I loved this book...but, I happen to also agree with Mr. Moore on most of his politics, having also grown up in America's industrial rust-belt wastelaI loved this book...but, I happen to also agree with Mr. Moore on most of his politics, having also grown up in America's industrial rust-belt wasteland in the 60s & 70s, experiencing firsthand the devastation of corporate greed & incompetence that led to that area's (and America's) decline. If you do not agree with him...or perhaps hate him (and if you don't agree with him, you probably DO hate him), you will probably refer to him as a fat pompous hypocrite & call it a day. It is by far the best of his books.
Beginning with the story of what has been arguably the most exciting single moment in Academy Award history--his Oscar acceptance speech for 'Bowling For Columbine'--and ending with a heartfelt recounting of the genesis of his first feature, 'Roger & Me' (including within this final story a truly shocking revelation that left me gasping out loud in my car as I listened to it), Moore fills the book with various stories from his life--the verity of which might be just slightly exaggerated, if they happened at all. Nonetheless, all the stories are consistently entertaining & always make a point relevant to what is happening today.
As Moore reads the audio version of this book, I highly recommend experiencing it this way. Like John Waters or David Sedaris, Moore is the only reader who can possibly do his own work proper justice.
A great anthology of what it means to be a non-conformist queer in the early 21st century, challenging the very nature of what "masculinity" means. AsA great anthology of what it means to be a non-conformist queer in the early 21st century, challenging the very nature of what "masculinity" means. As an anthology, some of the essays are better than others, but overall a unique book on the subject. There are femmes, trans, fats, browns, blacks, arabs, older (but mostly younger)...you name it & they are probably represented here. Recommended for anyone interested in the queer historical continuum. ...more
Disappointing in that it seemed more concerned with showing contemporary ironic Williamsburg-hipster types modeling vintage rock shirts than exploringDisappointing in that it seemed more concerned with showing contemporary ironic Williamsburg-hipster types modeling vintage rock shirts than exploring the actual history of these artifacts. What text did accompany the book was obscured by being superimposed over annoying photos of said hipsters & the like. A book of straight-forward photos of vintage rock shirts with perhaps an essay or two on their history and why we should care would have been much more effective....more
Could Bruni have possibly been any more self-absorbed? I think not. He is hardly the first and certainly will not be the last person to have issues wiCould Bruni have possibly been any more self-absorbed? I think not. He is hardly the first and certainly will not be the last person to have issues with food and body image. Perhaps Bruni's life, family, and struggles ARE interesting...but you would never know it from this book. All told, this book was a big fat bore. Get over yourself, Frank....more
"In brief, on the one hand, extreme want and misery for the millions; on the other, riotous wealth and luxury for a few. A lunatic system." If I had r"In brief, on the one hand, extreme want and misery for the millions; on the other, riotous wealth and luxury for a few. A lunatic system." If I had read this quote yesterday, I would think it was written by someone on the left, most likely part of the "99%" Occupy Movement. Instead, it was written by Louis Adamic nearly 82 years ago...it still rings true today. Adamic, in this forgotten classic on the American labor movement, traces the history of that movement from the late 1800s through the start of the New Deal, and it is not always pretty. Surprisingly written in a highly accessible style, it becomes clear that the violence perpetrated during labor disputes is often (but not always) the result of management and not the workers fighting for reasonable work days, wages, and benefits.
While my reading of this book, the UC Davis Occupy pepper spray disaster had occurred. That incident alone rammed home that things must change in this country where everyone supposedly has an equal opportunity at success. Adamic equally rams this concept home. Nearly a century later, we still have a long way to go. The title term "Dynamite", by the way, is both metaphorical & quite literal. ...more