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Posted by: jerry December 18, at PM. Posted by: gordon December 20, at AM. It always amazes me how people who have achieved little in their lives are so quick to criticize those who have achieved a great deal. Maslansky did indeed produce the very successful "Police Academy" series of films. This is something that he and his family are very proud of.
What makes you proud of yourselves? He produced many, many films and was nominated for an Emmy for the mini-series "King". Maslansky is a jazz muscian who started his career in film while working as a muscian in Paris in the '60's. He is an amazingly accomplished, well educated, generous, non-judgemental, kind and good man. You would be lucky indeed to possess just one of his many exceptional qualities.
I agree with Sally Maslansky about Paul Maslansky.
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He is a very accomplished musician. His knowledge of jazz is extensive. Perhaps doing some research on this gentleman would help the nay sayors on this site broaden their knowledge. I have enjoyed Mr.
Maslansky's Police Academy films because they were entertaining to my young daughter. As I watched them I noticed how all the parents in the audience were enjoying seeing their children being entertained without violence. The humor was enjoyed my all ages.
The film showed social conscience by protraying masculinity with feminine interest and femininity with masculine interest. These films were harmless. I know some think of these films as successful because of all the money they made, but I also think they were successful because of the intelligent and kind conscience that created them.
We tore through Home Land in two joyful sittings and can't remember the last time we've laughed so hard. Lipsyte's constellation of oddly sympathetic losers is rendered with a sparkling, inspired prose style that's sent us off in search of all his prior work.
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In Lewis Miner's a. Highly, highly recommended. Home Archives Profile Subscribe. What, you didn't like "Ski Patrol"? It typically seeks fancy new words for familiar things, and it scrambles for synonyms in order to avoid at all costs repeating a word, even though repetition might be the natural, normal thing to do: The audience had a certain bovine placidity, instead of The audience was as placid as cows. The familiar middle ground in treating these homely topics is almost always the safest.
In untrained or unrestrained hands, a thesaurus can be dangerous. A full-throated, unapologetic defense of the virtues of Western Civ — in which "elite" is not and never should be a dirty word — this inspiring exploration of high art and high ideals is divided into three sections: The first looks at the life of Riemen's great hero Thomas Mann as a model for the examined life.
The second imagines a series of conversations from turning points in European intellectual history, populated with the likes of Socrates, Nietzsche and others.
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The final section, "Be Brave," is nothing less than an exhortation to dig deep, especially in times of risk. The notion of nobility of the spirit might strike some modern ears as quaint but it seems more desperately necessary than ever before, and there are worse ways to read the accessible Nobility of Spirit than as a crash refresher in the Great Thinkers, free of academic jargon and cant. As a meditation on what is at stake when the pursuit of high ideals is elbowed aside by the pursuit of fleeting material gain, however, Nobility of Spirit might well be the most prescient book we've yet read on what's at stake in the current election cycle and in the developing global situation.
Agree or disagree with Riemen's profound, ambitious and high-minded plea, you will be thinking about his words for a long time. It's been ages since a work of non-fiction moved us this way. Read it. Discuss it. Argue about it. Netherland by Joseph O'Neill With rave reviews from James Wood, Michiko Kakutani and Dwight Garner, it might not seem like we need to tell you to drop everything and go read Netherland, but we are telling you, and here's why: The way book coverage works these days, everyone talks about the same book for about two or three weeks, and then they move on and the book is more or less forgotten.
Whereas a berth here in the Recommended sidebar keeps noteworthy titles in view for a good, long time, which is the sort of sustained attention this marvelous novel deserves. The New York City of the immigrant margins is unforgettably invoked in gorgeous, precise prose, and the novel's luminous conclusion is a radiant beacon illuminating one of our essential questions, the question of belonging. Our strongest possible recommendation. It can be risky to look for connective tissue between stories written years apart and published in magazines ranging from The Conradian to The New Yorker.
But themes of deception, posterity, and above all, the glory of language -- at once malleable and intractable -- knit together this quartet, recasting the whole as the harmonious product of Ozick's formidable talent. Read the entire review here Diary of a Bad Year by J. Coetzee Now, on the one hand, you scarcely need us to alert you to the existence of a new J. Coetzee novel, or even to have us tell you it's worth reading.
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But we can tell you - we insist on telling you that Diary of a Bad Year is a triumph, easily Coetzee's most affecting and fully wrought work since Disgrace. Formally inventive, the book intertwines two narratives with the author's own Strong Opinions, a series of seemingly discrete philosophical and political essays.
The cumulative effect of this strange trio is deeply moving and thought provoking. It's increasingly rare in this thoroughly post-post-modern age to raise the kind of questions in fiction Coetzee handles so masterfully - right down to what is it, exactly, that we expect or need from our novels.
It's telling that, for all of his serious pronouncements on subjects ranging from censorship to pedophilia to the use of torture, it's finally a few pages from The Brothers Karamazov that brings him to tears. Moving, wise and - how's this for a surprise - funny and lightly self-mocking, Diary of a Bad Year might well be the book of the year and Coetzee is surely our essential novelist.
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