This book was a huge disappointment. I really wanted [Overheard at the Bookstore:] but it wasn’t easily available. I really enjoy art museums, and I hThis book was a huge disappointment. I really wanted [Overheard at the Bookstore:] but it wasn’t easily available. I really enjoy art museums, and I had a few dollars remaining on a gift certificate, and the premise of this sounded great, so I got it.
This took a very few minutes to read. It’s not really a “full” book. Yes, some of what was overheard at the museum is amusing, but I suspect I’ve heard utterances just as entertaining. I was expecting a lot more, in amount of content and in humor, especially the former.
I’m giving it an extra star for the brilliant premise and for the fact that some of the entries are funny. However, I wouldn’t recommend it to those I thought would enjoy it: art lovers, museum lovers, book lovers. At least it took up barely any of my precious reading time....more
I found this book highly disturbing, for a few reasons. It’s an art book but I felt as though this artist was creating her autobiography through her pI found this book highly disturbing, for a few reasons. It’s an art book but I felt as though this artist was creating her autobiography through her photographs. I am not at all surprised she committed suicide less than a decade into her career, which started at age thirteen, and it’s very sad that she died at the young age of twenty-two. Most of her photographs are various versions of self-portraits and I felt upset looking at many of them because I could only imagine that she’d been in emotional pain because that’s what many of the photos seemed to express. She does show a sense of humor and seeing that in her work was a pleasure. What I found most uncomfortable about is contemplating whether nude photos of a thirteen year old girl and other nude and often self mutilating photos of the next few years of her life constitutes child pornography, even though she was the artist and apparently chose to make her work public. I have to say that most of the photographs are extremely creative and very unusual, and I think that many are beautiful.
The book contains essays about art, the art and artist, a note by her father, another by a best friend, and some of her journal entries, which were simultaneously boring and mildly interesting. The photographic work is presented in chronological order. For me the photographs told the story the best and were my favorite part of the book, albeit distressing at times.
Reading and looking at this book left me feeling sad and a bit confused, but I have to say some of the photos will stick with me, probably because they’re so personal and so unusual. If art is supposed to make the viewer think, Woodman’s photographs certainly succeed. ...more
I love maps, all kinds of maps. I love street maps, wall maps, globes, and I especially love maps in books, of both real and imaginary places. (The onI love maps, all kinds of maps. I love street maps, wall maps, globes, and I especially love maps in books, of both real and imaginary places. (The one in the book The Phantom Tollbooth has always given me great joy.) Whenever I start a book and see included maps, I am very happy. I was very excited to find and read this book.
The premise gets a 5 from me, the art (because that’s what these maps are) and creativity I give a full range of stars but overall I can give it a 4, but overall the maps in this book were somewhat disappointing to me; they were just ok = 2 stars. The range of how I’d rate each map goes from 5 to 1, but I didn’t enjoy them as much as I’d anticipated.
The book was divided into sections of personal geography, at home in the world, and fantasy, but those lines were blurred. Some introductory text is given per section and some descriptive text is given for each map.
Most of the maps in this book are so intricate and detailed, and many have tiny print, so many are difficult to read/view. I actually used a magnifying glass to look at many of them.
Most of the maps are more works of art than maps as I had thought of them, but most are interesting and very creative, and there are also many more traditional maps that are creatively altered.
My favorite “map” was on pages 36-37: Body Map of My Life, which was all in writing and very, very funny. I was going to list several other personal favorites but there ended up being too many, and I assume each reader will have different taste as to which maps they enjoy the most.
One thing this book did was get me thinking about various kinds of maps and the possibility of using graphic means of journaling or using map making as a personal project, for myself and as projects to do with children or adults. ...more
Even though I wanted even more (all the lyrics and music to all the songs from play and movie for instance) I give it an extra star because as far asEven though I wanted even more (all the lyrics and music to all the songs from play and movie for instance) I give it an extra star because as far as I can tell it’s the only book of its kind and it’s very good.
The Sound of Music has been my favorite movie since it came out in 1965. I was already a fan of the music from the original Broadway cast album which I received when I was five; my parents bought it after they’d attended the musical in New York.
Because of my interest in The Sound of Music I knew much of what was in the book, but I also learned quite a bit. There are many, many wonderful photos. There’s a lot of information about the real Maria and real Von Trapp family, lots of information about the making of the musical and the movie and the various cast members of many productions. Some of my favorite parts are when the creative process is shown; included are many very rough drafts for the songs, for instance. It made me appreciate even more the final version of the play and the final version of the movie to see what the possibilities were along the way.
Even though the parts about the theater and movie productions sometimes read like a gossip column or a movie magazine (neither of which I’ve had any interest in since my early teens) I thought that this book was very well done and sufficiently comprehensive. For a Sound of Music fan, it’s really fun to read.
There is a list of further reading books included at the end of this book. Maybe someday when I need another The Sound of Music fix I’ll check out one or more of them. ...more
This was a surprise. It’s more than a boring counting book. It’s a board book suitable for the youngest child and is useful both for learning to countThis was a surprise. It’s more than a boring counting book. It’s a board book suitable for the youngest child and is useful both for learning to count to ten and also to introduce the art of Wayne Thiebaud, art that children often do enjoy. This book doesn’t just count 1, 2, 3, etc. It’s a whimsical and catchy rhyme that is fun to read and hear, and the pictures are Thiebaud’s of course....more