What We Are Reading Today: Never a Lovely So Real

Updated 08 July 2019

What We Are Reading Today: Never a Lovely So Real

Author: Colin Asher

Colin Asher’s book is an incredibly detailed account of the life of a fascinating author, Nelson Algren. 
“The biography ends on a sad note, but in it, we learn that Nelson Algren enjoyed a wide variety of successes and failures along the road,” said a review on goodreads.com.
Algren was a “fascinating and bewildering character with an empathetic heart for the marginalized in society and a keen critique of American consumerism that emerged after the Second World War and a disdain for elitism,” the review added.
Susan Jacoby said in review for The New York Times that the first biography of Algren was published in 1989 — too soon after his death “for reconsideration of a novelist whose emphasis on the unfortunate was then deeply at odds with American culture.”
Another biography was published in October 2016. “The timing of Asher’s book, by contrast, is fortuitous, because many Americans are now preoccupied by economic and class disparities in ways not seen since the Depression,” the review added.


What We Are Reading Today: Jeanine Basinger

Updated 18 November 2019

What We Are Reading Today: Jeanine Basinger

Author: Jeanine Basinger

Irresistible and authoritative, The Movie Musical! is an in-depth look at the singing, dancing, happy-making world of Hollywood musicals, beautifully illustrated in color and black and white.
“This is an essential text for anyone who’s ever laughed, cried, or sung along at the movies,” said a review in goodreads.com.
“This is an extensive, hugely in-depth exploration of the Hollywood movie musical spanning from its iterations at the birth of the sound era to the decades that many people saw it’s death, low-level popularity and then eventually, re-birth in the 20th century,” the review added.
Author Jeanine Basinger has appeared in several movie-related documentaries and completed audio commentaries about a dozen classic films.
She is a film historian, professor of Film Studies at Wesleyan University and curator and founder of The Cinema Archives at Wesleyan University. In addition, she is a trustee emeritus of the American Film Institute anda member of the steering committee of the National Center for Film and Video Preservation.