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But Beautiful

by Geoff Dyer

In eight poetically charged vignettes, Geoff Dyer skillfully evokes the music and the men who shaped modern jazz. Drawing on photos, anecdotes, and, most important, the way he hears the music, Dyer imaginatively...


Play It Again

by Alan Rusbridger

As editor of the Guardian, one of the world’s foremost newspapers, Alan Rusbridger abides by the relentless twenty-four-hour news cycle. But increasingly in midlife, he feels the gravitational pull of music—especially...


How Architecture Works

by Witold Rybczynski

An essential toolkit for understanding architecture as both art form and the setting for our everyday lives

We spend most of our days and nights in buildings, living and working and sometimes playing. Buildings...


Constellation of Genius

by Kevin Jackson

Ezra Pound referred to 1922 as Year One of a new era. It was the year that began with the publication of James Joyce’s Ulysses and ended with the publication of T. S. Eliot’s The Waste Land, two works that...


Jack Be Nimble

by Jack O'Brien

A warm, witty tell-all and history of American regional theater, from one of our best-loved directors

For Jack O’Brien, there’s nothing like a first encounter with a great performer, nothing like the sound...


The Age of the Image

by Stephen Apkon & Martin Scorsese

An urgent, erudite, and practical book that redefines literacy to embrace how we think and communicate now

We live in a world that is awash in visual storytelling. The recent technological revolutions in video...


Twenty Minutes in Manhattan

by Michael Sorkin

Every morning, the architect and writer Michael Sorkin walks downtown from his Greenwich Village apartment through Washington Square to his Tribeca office. Sorkin isn’t in a hurry, and he never ignores his...


The Pinecone

by Jenny Uglow

In the village of Wreay, near Carlisle, stands the strangest and most magical Victorian church in England. This vivid, original book tells the story of its builder, Sarah Losh, strong-willed, passionate, and...


We Killed

by Yael Kohen

No matter how many times female comedians buck the conventional wisdom, people continue to ask: “Are women funny?” The question has been nagging at women off and on (mostly on) for the past sixty years....


The Big Screen

by David Thomson

The Big Screen tells the enthralling story of the movies: their rise and spread, their remarkable influence over us, and the technology that made the screen—smaller now, but ever more ubiquitous—as important...


Reinventing Bach

by Paul Elie

The story of a revolution in music and technology, told through a century of recordings of the music of Johann Sebastian Bach

In Reinventing Bach, his remarkable second book, Paul Elie tells the electrifying...


Exit Interview

by David Westin

When David Westin became president of ABC News in March 1997, the division was treading water. “It looked like all the really important news was behind us,” he writes. Hardly. For the next thirteen years,...


Letters on Cézanne

by Rainer maria Rilke & Joel Agee

Rilke's prayerful responses to the french master's beseeching art

For a long time nothing, and then suddenly one has the right eyes.

Virtually every day in the fall of 1907, Rainer Maria Rilke returned to a Paris...


The Essential Canon of Classical Music

by David Dubal

The ultimate guide to classical composers and their music-for both the novice and the experienced listener

Music, according to Aaron Copland, can thrive only if there are "gifted listeners." But today's listeners...


Hallelujah Junction

by John Adams

John Adams is one of the most respected and loved of contemporary composers, and “he has won his eminence fair and square: he has aimed high, he has addressed life as it is lived now, and he has found a language...


The Importance of Music to Girls

by Lavinia Greenlaw

The Importance of Music to Girls is the story of the adventures that music leads us into—how it forms and transforms us. As a soundtrack, it’s there in the background while we go about the thrilling and...


Plausible Portraits of James Lord

by James Lord

Incisive reflections on more than twenty portraits of the author by some of the greatest artists of the last century

Over the course of his life as a friend and confidant of artists and collectors, and as a lover...


The Great Funk

by Thomas Hine

In the sixties, as the nation anticipated the conquest of space, the defeat of poverty, and an end to injustice at home and abroad, no goal seemed beyond America's reach.  Then the seventies arrived--bringing...


The Devil's Horn

by Michael Segell

In The Devil's Horn, Michael Segell traces the 160-year history of the saxophone-a horn that created a sound never before heard in nature, and that from the moment it debuted has aroused both positive and negative...


On Photography

by Susan Sontag

Winner of the National Book Critics' Circle Award for Criticism.

One of the most highly regarded books of its kind, On Photography first appeared in 1977 and is described by its author as “a progress of essays...