Δ Reality Reading Δ The non-descript 'non-fiction' classification used in the book trade to describe factual titles seems too disinterested to describe the books on this page since most of them involve the arts in one form or another, so we'll refer to them as reality reading. In the theme anthology section on this page, books may contain factual works as well as works of the imagination. ______________________________________________________ "Artistic growth is, more than it is anything else, a refining of the sense of truthfulness..."--Willa Sibert Cather ______________________________________________________ Contents: 1/Reality Readings. 2/Theme Anthologies: Fact & Fiction ______________________________________________________________________
BEHIND THE GOLD CURTAIN: FIFTY YEARS IN THE METROPOLITAN OPERA ORCHESTRA, by David Berkowitz in collaboration with Dolores Soyer. A reminiscence by Berkowitz -- the violist in the Met's legendary orchestra for half a century -- in which the author relives the trials and triumphs of the orchestra, from labor troubles to world-wide acclaim. "A fascinating view of what makes Grand Opera tick..."--Morton Gould. 184 pages. Trade hardbound: $26.00. ISBN: 0-913559-29-6. (Paperback SOLD OUT.)
LETTERS TO MY BROTHER, by Joseph Katz. At times uplifting, at times sad, always remarkable correspondence during a half century with the author's brother, the late, internationally admired Yiddish poet, Menke Katz. Overflows with ideas on politics, art, literature, music, love, family, alienation and loss. 176 pages. Trade soft: $19.00. ISBN: 0-913559-46-6. Trade cloth: $29.00. ISBN: 0-913559-47-4.
I RODE 'A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE,' by Rudy Bond. Written by the actor who played alongside Marlon Brando in the original 1947 Broadway stage production of Tennessee Williams' timeless drama. "Behind the scenes peek at the momentous occasion that was 'Streetcar,' featuring Brando, Jessica Tandy, Karl Malden, Kim Hunter-- from the gritty point of view of a working actor..."--LIBRARY JOURNAL. "Reading his book, I could hear Rudy's voice and laugh, bringing back very pleasant memories..."--Elia Kazan, director. "Rudy's book took me back to those wonderful days of hope and respect for the career we all chose . . . he has written a good book"--Karl Malden. 192 pages. Trade soft: $19.00. ISBN: 0-913559-57-1. Trade cloth: $29.00. ISBN: 0-913559-58-x.
THE SEXY SIXTIES, by Harry Smith. Outrageous pronouncements on lies, love and power in that most immodest of all decades. Prophetic musings by the founder of The Anti-Civilization League. "Smith makes one nostalgic for a time when people read and thought more; were able to form and articulate their own opinions; when media existed more as an ear to the populace than as a low-level playing field for the ideological and celebrity fixated..."--THE ICONOCLAST. 96 pages. Four wood engravings by Greg Lago. Letterpress softcover: $22.00. Limited hardcover: $40.00. ISBN: 0-913559-74-1.
___________________________________________________ 2/≈Theme Anthologies: Fact & Fiction ___________________________________________________ FATEFUL CHOICES: TALES ALONG THE ROAD TAKEN, edited by Marshall Brooks & Stephanie Greene.Classic and modern tales and poems on the choices people make on the road of life. Abbey, Bradbury, Chopin, Dante, Farrell, Frost, O'Henry, Sophocles, Twain, Whitman and many more share their experiences with you. Pithy illustrations by Marshall Brooks. 184 pages. Letterpress soft: $25. limited hard: $50. ISBN: 0-913559-61-x.
KAFKA KALEIDOSCOPE, introduction and edited by Martin Wasserman. A colorful and informative kaleidoscope of essays, criticism, fiction, drama and poetry inspired by, and in homage to, writer/mystic Franz Kafka. Cover and interior wood engravings (for examples, see The Gallery page in this website) by Frank C. Eckmair. "A "Best Book" selection by SMALL PRESS REVIEW. 104 pages. Letterpress softcover edition: $20.00. ISBN: 0-913559-52-0.
THE SUSPENSE OF LONELINESS, selected by Birch Brook Press. An anthology of stories in which that most powerful of all human conditions--loneliness--steers characters down strange, dangerous byways. Features the gripping work of Gorman, Page, Beres, Satterfield, Carrier, McCauley, Shubin, Miller, Campbell, Smith, Gustafson, Darkangelo. Wood engravings by Rose Orcutt. 136 pages. Letterpress soft: $22.00. ISBN: 0--913559-83-0.
SYNESTHETICS, by Harry Smith and Stanley Nelson. An essayist/poet and a poet/fiction writer team up to achieve a literary synergy which explores synesthesia, a condition in which one kind of stimulation of the senses evokes sensations in another of the senses. Composer Scriabin, for example, insisted that certain sounds evoked for him the visualization of particular colors. Cover drawing by Greg Lago. 128 pages. Letterpress soft: $20. ISBN: 0-913559-88-1. Hand-colored softcover edition signed by both authors: $35. ISBN: 0-913559-89-x.
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