Michael Fitzgerald

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June 2007

Contributor to:

* Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Music
* Grove Dictionary of American Music
* Jackson, Maurice & Blair Ruble (eds.): DC Jazz: Stories of Jazz Music in Washington, DC
* Robinson, Perry & Florence Wetzel. Perry Robinson: The Traveler

* ARSC Journal
* Coda Magazine
* Current Research in Jazz
* Jazz Educators Journal
* Jazz Research News
* Notes
* Signal To Noise
* Washington History

Cited in:

* Alger, Dean. The Original Guitar Hero and the Power of Music
* Bang, Derrick. Vince Guaraldi at the Piano
* Bauer, William R. Open The Door: The Life And Music Of Betty Carter
* Bäumer, Jan. The Sound of a City? New York und Bebop 1941-1949
* Berrett, Joshua & Louis Bourgois III. The Musical World Of J. J. Johnson
* Bley, Paul & David L

Average rating: 4.5 · 6 ratings · 1 review · 1 distinct work
Rat Race Blues: The Musical...

4.50 avg rating — 6 ratings — published 2002 — 2 editions
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Matthew is 70% done with Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library: The dialogue in this book is bothering me. It just lacks that realism that makes a character believable. I don't know how to explain it. Miguel, among others, reads like a cliche rather than a realistic character. There's also this effort to seem contemporary by making references to popular culture that gives me the same bad taste in my mouth that excessive product placement in television does. Still, I'll read on.
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Marguerite de Angeli
“Well," Mamma began, "there are some people who think we are different from them. They don't understand what scientists have taught us, that all the peoples of the world are one family and that all human blood is the same. They don't realize that we all have the same Heavenly Father, and they forget that this country is for all people to have an equal chance.”
Marguerite de Angeli, Bright April

Clifton Fadiman
“The child cannot too early learn to be a good citizen? I think this is questionable: citizenship is an adult affair. Let school and home teach the child to respect the laws and institutions of his country. For the time being that should suffice. To use the juvenile novel or biography to turn the child into an internationalist or an advocate of racial tolerance may be high-minded, but I would suggest that the child first be allowed to turn into a boy or girl. Pious Little Rollo is dead; the Good Little Citizen is replacing him. The moralistic literature of the last century tried to produce small paragons of virtue. How about our urge to manufacture small paragons of social consciousness?”
Clifton Fadiman, Party Of One
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“It is natural if you feel as strongly as most decent people do about racial discrimination to welcome books that give it short shrift; but to assess books on their racial attitude rather than their literary value, and still more to look on books as ammunition in the battle, is to take a further and still more dangerous step from literature-as-morality to literature-as-propaganda—a move toward conditions in which, hitherto, literary art has signally failed to thrive.

("Didacticism in Modern Dress" from Only Connect (2nd ed., 1980).”
John Rowe Townsend
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“Another danger is that—as is already happening to some extent—authors and editors run scared and go to absurd lengths to avoid giving offence. (An American editor rejected Polar, a picture book about a toy polar bear which is published in England by Andre Deutsch, on the ground that the text, written by Elaine Moss, states explicitly that the bear is white). A demand to avoid stereotypes can easily become in effect a demand for a different stereotype: for instance that girls should always be shown as strong, brave and resourceful, and that mothers should always have jobs and never, never wear an apron. And books written to an approved formula, or with deliberate didactic aim, do not often have the breath of life. Some members of women’s groups in North America have published their own anti-sexist books, featuring such characters as fire-fighting girls or boys who learn to crochet. Good luck to them; but those I have seen are far below professional standard.

("Are Children's Books Racist and Sexist?" from Only Connect, 2nd ed., 1980)”
John Rowe Townsend
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“Reading to younger children has come to be more or less an accepted thing, but reading to older children or to a family group is done less today with all the other attractions taking the time. Reading to a group provides a unity, a cohesion, that is wonderful. It is common bond of interest. It brings up plenty of things for family talk and discussion. A child who has been read to shows results in his speech and wider experience with languages. And definitely, if the reading is of good books, it is the beginning of good taste in literature.”
Phyllis R. Fenner, The Proof of the Pudding: What Children Read
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