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Harmonograph
Harmonograph
by Anthony Ashton
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 10.83
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and Fascinating, Aug. 15 2003
This review is from: Harmonograph (Hardcover)
I discovered the the Wooden Books series less than a year ago through some serendipitous bookstore browsing, and soon purchased them all. Each volume is compact, well-written, beautifully illustrated, and most of all informative. I'm reading my copy of Harmonograph along with Stuart Isacoff's book Temperament (also recommended), and couldn't imagine a more perfect pairing of books. Being musically challenged, I rely on Harmonograph to make better sense of the intervals Isacoff discusses in his book, and it does so in a brilliant, unique way. You won't be disappointed in this little gem.

The Pat Hobby Stories
The Pat Hobby Stories
by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 12.78
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5.0 out of 5 stars More Heartbreak from the Dream Dump, Aug. 14 2003
This review is from: The Pat Hobby Stories (Paperback)
Most people know F. Scott Fitzgerald as one of the deans of the lost generation and an icon of the jazz-age. But toward the end of his life, in the late 1930's, Fitzgerald was also a writer for MGM studios, and these stories represent brilliantly and tragically this period of his life.
Through the eyes of Fitzgerald's Pat Hobby, Hollywood hack writer, we see a different side of golden age tinseltown, where an extraordinary number of talented writers and artists migrated to in the 1930's and 40's, only to butt their heads against militant mediocrity and the "studio system." As an archetype, Pat Hobby stands in for them brilliantly.
Also recommended: What Makes Sammy Run? by Budd Schulberg, The Day of the Locust by Nathanael West, and The Player by Michael Tolkin.

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