Playing in Time

Playing in Time

4.11 - 1251 ratings - Source

From jazz fantasy camp to running a movie studio; from a fight between an old guy and a fat guy to a fear of clownsa€”Carlo Rotellaa€™s Playing in Time delivers good stories full of vivid characters, all told with the unique voice and humor that have garnered Rotella many devoted readers in the New York Times Magazine, Boston Globe, and Washington Post Magazine, among others. The two dozen essays in Playing in Time, some of which have never before been published, revolve around the themes and obsessions that have characterized Rotellaa€™s writing from the start: boxing, music, writers, and cities. What holds them together is Rotellaa€™s unique focus on people, craft, and what floats outside the mainstream. a€œPlaying in timea€ refers to how people make beauty and meaning while working within the constraints and limits forced on them by life, and in his writing Rotella transforms the craft and beauty he so admires in others into an art of his own. Rotella is best known for his writings on boxing, and his essays here do not disappoint. Ita€™s a topic that he turns to for its colorful characters, compelling settings, and formidable life lessons both in and out of the ring. He gives us tales of an older boxer who keeps unretiring and a welterweight who is a€œabout as rich and famous as a 147-pound fighter can get these days, a€ and a hilarious rumination on why Muhammad Alia€™s phrase a€œI am the greatesta€ began appearing (in the mouth of Epeus) in translations of The Iliad around 1987. His essays on blues, crime and science fiction writers, and urban spaces are equally and deftly engaging, combining an artista€™s eye for detail with a scholara€™s sense of research, whether taking us to visit detective writer George Pelecanos or to dance with the proprietress of the Baby Doll Polka Club next to Midway Airport in Chicago. Rotellaa€™s essays are always smart, frequently funny, and consistently surprising. This collection will be welcomed by his many fans and will bring his inimitable style and approach to an even wider audience.Essays, Profiles, and Other True Stories Carlo Rotella ... Whether or not he achieves greater commercial success, Pelecanos said, a€œIa#39;ve had a dream career, and at this point more money would be money stacked on top of the money there. ... much covered the cen- tury in Washington, going back to the 1930s, and the societal changes that have occurred there. ... Perhaps the biggest historical theme moving beneath the action is the long engagement of white ethnics and blacks, partanbsp;...

Title:Playing in Time
Author: Carlo Rotella
Publisher:University of Chicago Press - 2012-09-17

You must register with us as either a Registered User before you can Download this Book. You'll be greeted by a simple sign-up page.

Once you have finished the sign-up process, you will be redirected to your download Book page.

How it works:
  • 1. Register a free 1 month Trial Account.
  • 2. Download as many books as you like (Personal use)
  • 3. Cancel the membership at any time if not satisfied.

Click button below to register and download Ebook
Privacy Policy | Contact | DMCA