Articles tagged biography

Orson Welles: The Lion in Winter, and at Lunch

Taken from long-lost recordings and filled with Hollywood gossip and personal revelations, this collection of transcripts proves why Orson Welles was one of the great conversationalists of all time.

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‘Brian Jones: The Making of the Rolling Stones’ Serves as a Crucial Corrective

Brian Jones, founder of the Rolling Stones, had the vision and musical intuition which helped make the band a vital force in the '60s.

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‘Truthful Fictions’ Is Blinded by Theory

Is the rise of the biographical novel a problem?

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It’s Yesterday Once More in ‘Little Girl Blue’

Little Girl Blue is a damning and penetrating account of tortured and tormented artist, Karen Carpenter, and could just be one of the most depressing books you’ll ever read.

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A Great Unrecorded History: A New Life of E.M. Forster

All his life Morgan Forster lived in a world imprisoned by prejudice against homosexuals. He was 16 when Oscar Wilde was sent to prison, and he died the year after the Stonewall riots.

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Botticelli, Sandwiches Outside and Dreams of Bradbury’s ‘Dandelion Wine’

Boxed in by bandage-colored cubicle walls in downtown Manhattan, my thoughts drift to sweet days in Florence and Rome, and to lines in Ray Bradbury’s ‘Dandelion Wine’.

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Hüsker Dü: The Story of the Noise-Pop Pioneers Who Launched Modern Rock

What the world really needs is a straight-up account of one of the most important rock groups of all time. Now we have it in the form of music scribe Andrew Earles.

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High Society: The Life of Grace Kelly by Donald Spoto

In his biography of Grace Kelly, Donald Spoto spends much time trying to polish a gem that shines all on its own.

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The Last Empress: Madame Chiang Kai-shek and the Birth of Modern China by Hannah Pakula

The Chiangs were an historical anachronism; their reign marked by corruption, ineptitude, and a quasi-Fascist nationalism that could not survive for long.

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Looking for Calvin and Hobbes by Nevin Martell

The creator of the universally-beloved Calvin and Hobbes was a perfectionist and a true believer in his art form, yet he hated the fame that his creations brought him.

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Ayn Rand and the World She Made

Ayn Rand set out to remake reality as if it were an ill-fitting dress: by sheer will, she tried to fashion a Balenciaga gown from a housedress.

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The Supremes by Mark Ribowsky

Without these players actually telling the story firsthand, it starts to read a bit like a Wikipedia entry.

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The Chris Farley Show by Tom Farley & Tanner Colby

A complex community of personalities radiates around the main subject and a detailed, varied portrait inevitably appears.

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Becoming Bucky Fuller by Loretta Lorance, R. Buckminster Fuller

This post-millennium rediscovery examines Fuller anew, seeking help with our most dire ecological and economic challenges within his philosophy of sustainability and technological balance.

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John Zorn by John Brackett

One must be willing to risk being consumed by the dark, cabalistic world Zorn has created around his art.

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Otto Preminger: The Man Who Would Be King by Foster Hirsch

When you're referred to as "Otto the Terrible" for much of your life, it's hard to posthumously become "Otto the Great."

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23 Oct 2007 // 2:23 AM

So who knew Eric Clapton was such a bore? OK, maybe everybody who bought his last few albums or saw him on his last world

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10 Oct 2007 // 9:59 PM

Nureyev: The Life by Julie Kavanagh

Kavanagh's Nureyev: The Life, though meticulously researched and often gracefully written, never quite finds the man behind that mystique.

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13 Sep 2007 // 9:42 PM

The Preacher and the Presidents by Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy

The result is a hypnotic read about the turbulent nature of public life.

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Convicted press baron Conrad Black admits timing tough on Nixon biography release

It’s an awkward time to launch a book—a few weeks before being sentenced for fraud and obstruction of justice. Yet it may also

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The Best and Worst Films of Spring 2015

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"January through April is a time typically made up of award season leftovers, pre-summer spectacle, and more than a few throwaways. Here are PopMatters' choices for the best and worst of the last four months.

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