The Platinum Age of Television; From I Love Lucy to The Walking Dead, How TV Became Terrific by David Bianculli. Anchor, 2017 paper. The development of the classic TV genres: the sitcom, crime show, the miniseries, the soaps, westerns, animation, and the late night talk shows.
What Editors Do; The Art, Craft, and Business of Book Editing by Peter Ginna. University of Chicago Press, 2017 paper. Essays by editors about their business of editing, with claims about the editor’s importance in the writing and publishing process.
Maestros and Their Music; The Art and Alchemy of Conducting by John Mauceri. Knopf, 2017. Ever wonder what that baton waving is all about, how much authority it has over a grand orchestra?
Peterborough Cathedral; A Glimpse of Heaven by Jonathan Foyle. Scala Arts, 2017 paper. A fine old Norman cathedral with a long history. It escaped the often heavy touch of Victorian restoration.
Naming Thy Name; Cross Talk in Shakespeare’s Sonnets by Elaine Scarry. Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2017 paper. The author “outs” Shakespeare’s lover and also describes the love culture of the day.
Mad Enchantment; Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies by Ross King. Bloomsbury, 2017 paper. Monet was painting water lilies at Giverny as the Germans and the horrors of WWI advanced his peaceful garden.
The Sagrada Familia; The Astonishing Story of Gaudi’s Unfinished Masterpiece by Gijs van Hensbergen. Bloomsbury, 2017. Gaudi worked on the basilica from the 1880s to his death in 1926.
Building Art; The Life and Work of Frank Gerry by Paul Goldberger. Vintage, 2017 paper. The work of a celebrity architect by a prize-winning architectural critic.
100 Buildings; Every Student Should Know, 1900 to 2000 by Thorn Mayne & Fui-Sung Yi. Rizzoli, 2017. Three hundred plus illustrations. The buildings were chosen based on a poll of mostly celebrity architects.