Posted 27 December 2009 - 10:39 AM
l. Bravura! Lucia Chase and the ABT by her son Alex Ewing
2. Thank Heaven - A Memoir by Leslie Caron
3. The Last Empress (Mme. Chiang) by Hannah Pakula
4. The Best Men's Stage Monologues 2008
I am reading the Lucia Chase book and it is fascinating reading about the demise of Mordkin and the beginnings of a new Company, and the astonishing vision of Richard Pleasant. Looking forward to every page. What interests me most about Caron is her early years with Petit. I was glad to get The Last Empress; the Times review was quite good. The Best Men's Monologues includes one by my grandson Matthew.
Posted 27 December 2009 - 12:33 PM
Posted 27 December 2009 - 06:50 PM
Margaret Atwood - The Year of the Flood
David Foster Wallace - Infinite Jest.
Many months worth of great reading! I'm a lucky person.
Posted 27 December 2009 - 06:57 PM
Posted 27 December 2009 - 08:28 PM
-Lynn Seymour's autobiography
-Richard J. Evans' three volume history of the Third Reich
-A couple of Georgette Heyer novels I haven't read yet - including Cotillion (after half a dozen chapters of Nazis, you really need some Georgette Heyer)
-Paul Moses' The Saint and the Sultan
-The Complete Stories of J.G. Ballard (1,200 pages: if I take this on the bus, the driver will probably charge for an extra seat)
Posted 27 December 2009 - 08:32 PM
This is a great book!
Nobody gives me presents anymore because I've reached that age when everybody assumes I must already have everything I want (HA!), so my literary gifts to myself this year:
-Lynn Seymour's autobiography
Posted 28 December 2009 - 09:36 AM
Ballet in Western Culture by Carol Lee
The Cambridge Companion to Ballet ed. by Marion Kant
Ballet and Modern Dance Susan Au
Posted 29 December 2009 - 02:29 PM
I like Seymour's book, too. It's a little TMI in some places and I should have liked to hear more about the ballets and less empurpled prose about "Kenneth pressing his lips to mine" or whatever, but the book's candor is refreshing.
Posted 29 December 2009 - 02:50 PM
Counting ballet only,
my literary gifts to myself
Nancy Van Norman Baer, et al., Paris Modern: The Swedish Ballet, 1920-1925
Nancy Goldner, et al., The Stravinsky Festival of the New York City Ballet.
I learned about both books on Ballet Talk. A thoughtful Member was kind enough to lend me a copy of the Stravinsky Festival book, which enthralled me so much that I sought out a copy of my own.
The book about the Ballet Suedois, with 8 contributors and many illustrations, revealed a story (richly illustrated) that I knew very little about. The book about the 1972 Stravinsky Festival was a chance to submerge myself a second time into memories of one of the most powerful theatrical experiences of my life.
P.S.: Paris Modern has a good essay by Lynn Garafola, spoiled just a teeny bit for me by her apparent belief that Germany in World War One was a participant in something called the Axis.
Posted 29 December 2009 - 08:36 PM
The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde (per my request after reading about it here on BA
The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver
The Complete Novels of Flann O'Brien also per my request after reading about them here
Posted 29 December 2009 - 08:39 PM
The book on Lucia Chase and ABT that atm711 mentions is now the subject of an inter-library loan request.
Posted 29 December 2009 - 09:10 PM
Posted 30 December 2009 - 04:20 AM
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