Category: Book Reviews

Seeing Is Believing – or Is It the Other Way Around?

Seeing Is Believing – or Is It the Other Way Around?

The essays in Errol Morris's recent book Believing Is Seeing (Observations on the Mysteries of Photography) explore a series of mysteries, each based on one or more photographs. Writer and documentary filmmaker (The Thin Blue Line, The Fog of War, Tabloid) Morris uses the photos as the starting point for explorations of what the photos … Continue reading Seeing Is Believing – or Is It the Other Way Around?

J. D. Salinger’s ‘Explosion of Candor’

J. D. Salinger’s ‘Explosion of Candor’

In the wake of the death of J. D. Salinger this past Wednesday there was, as one would expect, an outpouring of accolades and reminiscences about his work. Salinger's demise also renewed speculation about what the famously reclusive writer has been doing since his last published work, "Hapworth 16, 1924," appeared in The New Yorker … Continue reading J. D. Salinger’s ‘Explosion of Candor’

The Story Behind the Stories of Spider-Man and Dr. Strange

The Story Behind the Stories of Spider-Man and Dr. Strange

"Strange and Stranger: The World of Steve Ditko" by Blake Bell Steve Ditko was one of the greatest artists from the "Silver Age" of comic books in the 1960s. After illustrating the horror and suspense comics that were prevalent in the 1950s, Ditko, along with Marvel Comics editor-in-chief Stan Lee, created two of the most … Continue reading The Story Behind the Stories of Spider-Man and Dr. Strange

Deciphering “Deciphering the Cosmic Number”

Deciphering the Cosmic Number by Arthur I. Miller from University College London is an intriguing, yet occasionally frustrating, book that tackles a fascinating and complex subject. The book explores the personal and professional relationship between physicist Wolfgang Pauli and psychologist Carl Jung during the first half of the 20th century. In doing so, it examines … Continue reading Deciphering “Deciphering the Cosmic Number”

Scott Kirsner’s “Fans, Friends, and Followers”: How Artists are Using the Internet to Build an Audience

In his new book, Fans, Friends, and Followers, Variety columnist and CinemaTech blogger Scott Kirsner tackles one of the key issues facing contemporary creative artists: how to build an audience and generate revenue to support their work. The means of artistic expression, even in media previously inaccessible to most (like the equipment to make a … Continue reading Scott Kirsner’s “Fans, Friends, and Followers”: How Artists are Using the Internet to Build an Audience

“Inventing the Movies”: The Tension between Technological Progress and Resistance to Change

“Inventing the Movies”: The Tension between Technological Progress and Resistance to Change

Journalist and blogger Scott Kirsner, who frequently writes on topics at the intersection of movies and technology, has published an early edition of his forthcoming book Inventing the Movies. Subtitled "Hollywood's Epic Battle Between Innovation and the Status Quo, from Thomas Edison to Steve Jobs," the book is a fascinating case study in the difficulties … Continue reading “Inventing the Movies”: The Tension between Technological Progress and Resistance to Change