Living With The Dead
Rock Scully with David Dalton (Abacus £8.99) * t x it
Fittingly described as 'written by one who escaped with his life'. Scully managed The Grateful Dead for twenty years until 1985 and, together with rock biographer Dalton, recreates the literal sex, drugs and rock 'n’ roll lifestyle in print. Excess is evident, the anecdotes are silly and surreal but. overwhelmingly this is an stirring fairytale. (SM)
Leonard Bernstein Meryle Secrest (Bloomsbury £14.99) * sir
While no one would deny the talent of Bernstein as conductor and composer, this biography detracts greatly from his brilliance by attempting to inflate common human traits and reinterpret them as significant contributing factors to a complex character. This, plus a tendency to dwell on quite trivial detail, fails an otherwise comprehensive and well-structured portrait. (SM)
John Lahr (Bloomsbury £9.99) at t * *
For the theatrically-inclined, Light Fantastic is essential reading. For mere mortals it’s thoroughly recommended. The son of a clown and chorus girl, playwright and critic Lahr combines review, anecdote and analysis in essays. Covering comedians, playwright, musicals and productions, the selection is populist but popular, the approach unpretentious. (SM)
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Hidden desires among the Enterprise crew are among the strange new worlds
Spielberg: Father of the Man
Andrew Yule (Warner £6.99) * * *
Until Schindler's List, Spielberg was seen as little more than a man with a canny knack for creating box-office busting family thrills 'n' Spills movies. If Yule is to be believed, Spielberg is a thoroughly nasty piece of work, willing to stamp on anyone who threatens his domain — a characteristic the author believes possibly stems from an unhappy childhood. (SM)
REVIEWERS THIS ISSUE:
Thom Dibdin, Ann Donald, Brian Donaldson, Rodger Evans, Susan McKenzie, Deirdre Molloy.
explored in Constance Penley's NasalTrek - Popular Science And Sex In America. See An Evening Of Exploration under Book Events
Steven Spielberg: not so innocent ~
Alan .Alford Tue 1 Jul. 7pm. Dillons. 174-176 Argyle Street. 248 4814. Author of Gods Of The New Millennium (Hodder & Stoughton £17.99) will be giving an illustrated talk on the origins of mankind and signing copies of his new book. Edwin Morgan Tue 1 Jul, 7pm. John Smith’s. 57 St Vincent Street. 221 7472. One of Scotland’s best-loved poets Edwin Morgan will bejoined by Donny O‘Rourke and Magi Gibson for an exclusive preview of their work. Bernard Mac Laverty Thu 3 Jul. 7pm. John Smith's. 252 Bytes Road. 334 2769. Author of Cal and Lamb both of which were immortalised on the big screen will be reading from his new book Grace Notes (Jonathan Cape £14.99).
Shore Poets Sun 29 Jun. 8pm. £1. Fruitmarket Gallery. 45 Market Street. 225 2383. Live poetry with Anna Crowe. Jim Glen. Alan Spence and music from The Auld Alliance.
Alan F. Alford Wed 2 Jul. 7pm. Waterstone's 13—14 Princes Street. 556 3034. After ten years of research. the author will be presenting his new book Gods Of The New Millennium (Hodder & Stoughton £17.99) which challenges the established views of science and proves that ﬂesh and blood Gods existed and created us in their own image.
Stand And Deliver Fri 4 Jul. 7.30pm. £1.50 (£1). West End Hotel. Palmerston Place. Further information call 337 8277. The Newcastle Writers’ Group will be reading from and talking about their work.
Isla Dewar Sat 5 Jul. 12.30pm. James Thin. 53—59 South Bridge. 556 6743. The author of Women Talking Dirty will be launching her new book Giving Up On Ordinary (Headline £9.99).
Chris Tabraham Tue 8 Jul. 7pm. Edinburgh Castle. Tickets from James Thin. 53—59 South Bridge. 556 6743. The author will be launching his new book Scottish Castles (Batsford £25 hardback; £15.99 paperback).
An Evening Of Exploration Wed 9 Jul. 7pm. £1.50 (£1). Fruitmarket Gallery. 45 Market Street. 225 2383. Constance Penley. author of Nasa/I‘rek (Verso £1 1). and Francis Spufford. author of I May Be Some 7ime (Faber 7.99). take you on an adventure through 20th century exploration from Scott‘s tragic expedition in the Antarctic to deep space with NASA.
Bernard Mac Laverty Thu 10 Jul. 7pm. Waterstone's. 13—14 Princes Street. 556 3034. Author of Cal and Lamb will be reading from his new book Grai‘e Notes (Jonathan Cape £14.99).
Edinburgh Independent Radical Book Fair Thu IO—Sat 12 Jul. Nelson Hall. McDonald Road Library. McDonald Road. A new festival set up by Word Power Arts. the cultural side of Word Power bookshops with a range of readings. workshops and discussions on offer. The exiled Nigerian writer Wolc Soyinka opens the festival on Thu 10 Jul. 8pm. Further details of the fair will be listed in our next issue on Fri 11 Jul.
Edwin Morgan reveals new work on Tue 1 Jul at John Smith's, Glasgow
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Wed 2 July 7pm
Waterstone’s East End, 13/14 Princes Street
Alan F. Alford
Will be presenting an illustrated talk, taking questions and signing copies of
Gods of the New Millennium (Hodder£17.99). This book challenges the established views of science and proves beyond a doubt that flesh 8t blood Gods existed and created us in their
Thursday 10 july 7pm
Author of The Great Profundo will be reading from his first novel in 14 years,
Tickets free from branch Wine will be served
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