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The Song Machine: Inside the Hit Factory

by John Seabrook

There's a reason hit songs offer guilty pleasure—they're designed that way.

Over the last two decades a new type of hit song has emerged, one that is almost inescapably catchy. Pop songs have always had a...

Richard Pryor: American Id

by Jason Bailey

One of the most powerful yet idiosyncratic voices of American culture, Richard Pryor often remains an enigma despite the strikingly personal quality of his best work. This series of essays attempts tracks the...

A Carlin Home Companion

by Kelly Carlin

Truly the voice of a generation, George Carlin gave the world some of the most hysterical and iconic comedy routines of the last fifty years. From the "Seven Dirty Words" to "A Place for My Stuff," to "Religion...

Zuppa di cuori

by Salvatore Zeola

Guenda è la classica donna ansia e sapone. La sua esistenza è insipida e monotona come le zuppe prodotte nell'azienda di surgelati in cui lavora. Anche la sua eterna relazione con il paleolitico Ray manca...

Vade Mecum: Essays, Reviews & Interviews

by Richard Skinner

A collection of highly-informed essays offering fresh perspectives on cutting-edge writers, musicians and fimmakers.


by Mosiur Rehman


PREMISE: If Gods commit mistakes in choosing their partners, how can we believe that marriages are arranged in Heaven

SYNOPSIS Angels of Heaven are not the same on Earth. Betrayal is a common disease of both...

Belly Dance for Health, Happiness and Empowerment

by Tina Hobin

Shimmy and shake your way to a healthier lifestyle.

The Invisible

by Rebecca Lenkiewicz

Imagine a world where the Stephen Lawrence Case and the Hillsborough Disaster never made it to court. Since 2012 the government has made sweeping cuts to the provision of legal aid. In this new reality, in cases...

Staging Ghana: Artistry and Nationalism in State Dance Ensembles

by Paul Schauert

The Ghana Dance Ensemble takes Ghana's national culture and interprets it in performance using authentic dance forms adapted for local or foreign audiences. Often, says Paul Schauert, the aims of the ensemble...

Fiesco's Conspiracy at Genoa

by Flora Kimmich (Translator), Friedrich Schiller (author) & John Guthrie (editor)

Within two years of the success of his first play Die Räuber on the German stage in 1781, Schiller wrote a drama based on a rebellion in sixteenth century Italy, its title: The Conspiracy of Fiesco at Genoa....

Keeping Quiet: Visual Comedy in the Age of Sound

by Julian Dutton

Keeping Quiet is a love-letter to the modern sight-gag on film and television, tracing the history of physical clowning since the advent of sound. Taking up the story of visual humour where Paul Merton's Silent...

Innovation in Five Acts: Strategies for Theatre and Performance

by Caridad Svich

An informative new collection of essays packed with insight into the minds of today's theater makers.

Being a Dancer

by Lyndsey Winship

How do I get a job as a dancer? Where and when should I train? How can I protect my body from injury? How do I become a choreographer?

These and many more such questions asked by young or aspiring dancers are...

The Production Notebooks, Volume 2: Theatre in Process

by Mark Bly

Catalogs and describes the creative process.

The Production Notebooks: Theatre in Process, Volume One

by Mark Bly

The first book of its kind, offerring an inside view of theatre today from the literary manager's point of view.

An Actor's Guide: Your First Year in Hollywood

by Michael St. Nicholas & Lisa Mulcahy

For every actor beginning a career in Hollywood, this indispensable guide will lay out a clear and comprehensible path with tried-and-true advice. Up-to-date resources and new interviews with recently established...

Winners and Losers

by Marcus Youssef & James Long

The debate quickly becomes personal when individual, family, and class histories are decided as winners or losers.

Culture is the Body: The Theatre Writings of Tadashi Suzuki

by Tadashi Suzuki & Kameron Steele

Legendary theatre director Tadashi Suzuki explains his revered approach in this revised edition of his writings.

The Nine Old Men: Lessons, Techniques, and Inspiration from Disney's Great Animators

by Andreas Deja

Learn from the men who changed animation forever.

Walt Disney's team of core animators, who he affectionately call his "Nine Old Men," were known for creating Disney's most famous works, as well as refining...

Performing Arts and Therapeutic Implications

by Tanvi Bajaj & Swasti Shrimali Vohra

Presenting an alternative perspective, this book proposes that performing arts forge an emotional bond between the performer and the audience, making the act of performance a therapeutic and restorative experience,...