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Amanda Sewell: Wendy Carlos (2020, Oxford University Press) 4 stars

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3 stars

I picked this up from the library in astonishment, and kept reading it compulsively. I am fascinated by Wendy Carlos' music, and frustrated that I can't find more of her music, and more about her beyond 'transgender woman!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!' From the traces in this book of her personality, dug up without her consent or involvement, she seems like a real, genuine electronic artist. She also seems to have committed the usual sin of pioneer artists, e.g. hyperfocusing on the details and inner battlefields of art to the point where everyday life and interactions with others become disconnected and easily brushed off. I wish that this disconnect could have been overcome, and this book tries desperately to do so. It fails in this attempt and I'm sad that it does so, though without the involvement of the subject herself, it's hard to imagine how this book could have succeeded in giving us …

Miranda Kaufmann: Black Tudors (2018, Oneworld Publications) 4 stars

A black porter publicly whips a white English gentleman in a Gloucestershire manor house. A …

Review of 'Black Tudors' on 'GoodReads'

4 stars

A book that I've passed several times, and I finally bit and borrowed it. It's extremely well researched, but as Shakespeare scholars know, so little survives from this time period that constructing coherent histories of individual people depends more than a good researcher would like upon leaps of imagination. Unfortunately, the leaps in this book are boring and don't stray far from legal documents. There are many individuals described in this book, but it lacks a coherent narrative or a revisionist twist, which makes it seem merely a pile of facts without a spirit to animate it. The four stars are for the research, though, which if boring is still vital and contributes to historical knowledge.

M. T. Anderson: Symphony for the city of the dead (2015, Candlewick Press) 5 stars

National Book Award winner M. T. Anderson delivers a brilliant and riveting account of the …

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5 stars

I have an enduring fascination with the story of Shostakovich and the Leningrad Symphony, and this book digs deep into the open wound that is his life and this symphony and reveals the full spectacular irony of it all. A wonderfully written book, ostensibly for teenaged nerds but really for people of any age confused by the specific cruelty of the Stalinist totalitarian state culture. I've read a lot of other attempts to explain this particular period of history, and this book is the best I've read. Honorable mention has to go to the graphic design of the book as well. The book is a clean, Soviet modernist design, the pages neatly delineated with a classic font and small red blocks that hint at the red wedges of the future. A small thing, but like the best video games, the design supports and applies the topic, making the experience of …