Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Better late than never

In a perfect world, I would be able to unveil our new books, movies and music at a particularly symbolic moment: a new biography on the 100th anniversary of the subject's birthday, a documentary about the Irish on St. Patrick's Day, or a CD of Sousa marches on July 4th. Unfortunately, due to the vagaries of suppliers and shippers, things don't always arrive in time. Here's a few examples:
Celebrate the 42nd day after Inauguration with Fellow Citizens: the Penguin book of U.S. Presidential inaugural addresses. Editors Robert Remini and Terry Golway present text and commentary of these important moments in our history. Warning: Polk, Taft and Benjamin Harrison were all a bit long-winded.
It has been 4 weeks since the 50th anniversary of the plane crash that killed rock n' roll legends Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and the Big Bopper. The poor Bopper always gets third billing - probably because he doesn't have his own biopic yet (there is one in the works). So crank up the volume on our new CD: Hellooo Baby! the best of the Big Bopper.
The 81st annual Academy Awards were a mere 9 days ago. Take a journey through the glamourous past of one of Hollywood's major studios with You Must Remember This: the Warner Bros. story. Richard Schickel and George Perry have penned a love letter to the studio that brought you Errol Flynn, Humphrey Bogart, James Cagney, Bette Davis, Doris Day, Audrey Hepburn, Marlon Brando and James Dean. Sadly, they spend too much attention on WB's latest blockbusters and gloss over the studio's true heyday (an 8-page photo spread for the Batman movies, 6 pages for Casablanca).

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