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Ways of Curating

by Hans Ulrich Obrist Farrar, Straus and Giroux (November 04, 2014)

Hans Ulrich Obrist curated his first exhibit in his kitchen when he was twenty-three years old. Since then he has staged more than 250 shows internationally, many of them among the most influential exhibits...


Watching Them Be

by James Harvey Farrar, Straus and Giroux (July 08, 2014)

An intimate, thought-provoking exploration of the mysteries of "star presence" in cinema

"One does not go to see them act," James Baldwin wrote about the great iconic movie stars, "one goes to watch them be."...


But Beautiful

by Geoff Dyer Farrar, Straus and Giroux (June 24, 2014)

"May be the best book ever written about jazz."—David Thomson, Los Angeles Times

In eight poetically charged vignettes, Geoff Dyer skillfully evokes the music and the men who shaped modern jazz. Drawing on...


Play It Again

by Alan Rusbridger Farrar, Straus and Giroux (September 17, 2013)

As editor of the Guardian, one of the world's foremost newspapers, Alan Rusbridger abides by the relentless twenty-four-hour news cycle. But increasingly in midlife, he feels the gravitational pull of music—especially...


How Architecture Works

by Witold Rybczynski Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 08, 2013)

An essential toolkit for understanding architecture as both art form and the setting for our everyday lives

We spend most of our days and nights in buildings, living and working and sometimes playing. Buildings...


Constellation of Genius

by Kevin Jackson Farrar, Straus and Giroux (September 17, 2013)

Ezra Pound referred to 1922 as Year One of a new era. It was the year that began with the publication of James Joyce's Ulysses and ended with the publication of T. S. Eliot's The Waste Land, two works that were...


Jack Be Nimble

by Jack O'Brien Farrar, Straus and Giroux (June 18, 2013)

A warm, witty tell-all and history of American regional theater, from one of our best-loved directors

For Jack O'Brien, there's nothing like a first encounter with a great performer, nothing like the sound of...


The Age of the Image

by Stephen Apkon & Martin Scorsese Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 16, 2013)

An urgent, erudite, and practical book that redefines literacy to embrace how we think and communicate now

We live in a world that is awash in visual storytelling. The recent technological revolutions in video...


Twenty Minutes in Manhattan

by Michael Sorkin Farrar, Straus and Giroux (March 12, 2013)

Every morning, the architect and writer Michael Sorkin walks downtown from his Greenwich Village apartment through Washington Square to his Tribeca office. Sorkin isn't in a hurry, and he never ignores his surroundings....


The Pinecone

by Jenny Uglow Farrar, Straus and Giroux (January 15, 2013)

In the village of Wreay, near Carlisle, stands the strangest and most magical Victorian church in England. This vivid, original book tells the story of its builder, Sarah Losh, strong-willed, passionate, and...


We Killed

by Yael Kohen Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 16, 2012)

No matter how many times female comedians buck the conventional wisdom, people continue to ask: "Are women funny?" The question has been nagging at women off and on (mostly on) for the past sixty years. It's...


The Big Screen

by David Thomson Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 16, 2012)

The Big Screen tells the enthralling story of the movies: their rise and spread, their remarkable influence over us, and the technology that made the screen—smaller now, but ever more ubiquitous—as important...


Redemption Song

by Chris Salewicz Farrar, Straus and Giroux (May 13, 2008)

With exclusive access to Strummer's friends, relatives, and fellow musicians, music journalist Chris Salewicz penetrates the soul of an rock 'n roll icon.

The Clash was--and still is--one of the most important...


Reinventing Bach

by Paul Elie Farrar, Straus and Giroux (September 18, 2012)

The story of a revolution in music and technology, told through a century of recordings of the music of Johann Sebastian Bach

In Reinventing Bach, his remarkable second book, Paul Elie tells the electrifying...


Exit Interview

by David Westin Farrar, Straus and Giroux (May 22, 2012)

When David Westin became president of ABC News in March 1997, the division was treading water. "It looked like all the really important news was behind us," he writes. Hardly. For the next thirteen years, Westin...


Letters on Cézanne

by Rainer Maria Rilke & Joel Agee Farrar, Straus and Giroux (September 15, 2002)

Rilke's prayerful responses to the french master's beseeching art

For a long time nothing, and then suddenly one has the right eyes.

Virtually every day in the fall of 1907, Rainer Maria Rilke returned to a Paris...


The Essential Canon of Classical Music

by David Dubal Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 24, 2003)

The ultimate guide to classical composers and their music-for both the novice and the experienced listener

Music, according to Aaron Copland, can thrive only if there are "gifted listeners." But today's listeners...


Hallelujah Junction

by John Adams Farrar, Straus and Giroux (November 24, 2009)

John Adams is one of the most respected and loved of contemporary composers, and "he has won his eminence fair and square: he has aimed high, he has addressed life as it is lived now, and he has found a language...


The Importance of Music to Girls

by Lavinia Greenlaw Farrar, Straus and Giroux (May 26, 2009)

The Importance of Music to Girls is the story of the adventures that music leads us into—how it forms and transforms us. As a soundtrack, it's there in the background while we go about the thrilling and mortifying...


Speak the Speech!

by Rhona Silverbush & Sami Plotkin Farrar, Straus and Giroux (September 18, 2002)

The most comprehensive sourcebook of Shakespeare's monologues ever available in one volume.

A detailed guide to approaching Shakespearean text, Speak the Speech! contains everything an actor needs to select and...


Plausible Portraits of James Lord

by James Lord Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 15, 2003)

Incisive reflections on more than twenty portraits of the author by some of the greatest artists of the last century

Over the course of his life as a friend and confidant of artists and collectors, and as a lover...


The Great Funk

by Thomas Hine Farrar, Straus and Giroux (March 31, 2009)

In the sixties, as the nation anticipated the conquest of space, the defeat of poverty, and an end to injustice at home and abroad, no goal seemed beyond America's reach.

Then the seventies arrived-bringing...


Electric Eden

by Rob Young Farrar, Straus and Giroux (May 10, 2011)

A Kirkus Reviews Best Nonfiction of 2011 title

In the late 1960s, with popular culture hurtling forward on the sounds of rock music, some brave musicians looked back instead, trying to recover the lost treasures...


Love Goes to Buildings on Fire

by Will Hermes Farrar, Straus and Giroux (November 08, 2011)

Punk rock and hip-hop. Disco and salsa. The loft jazz scene and the downtown composers known as Minimalists. In the mid-1970s, New York City was a laboratory where all the major styles of modern music were reinvented—all...


On Photography

National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism 1977

by Susan Sontag Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 01, 2011)

Winner of the National Book Critics' Circle Award for Criticism.

One of the most highly regarded books of its kind, On Photography first appeared in 1977 and is described by its author as "a progress of essays...


Retromania

by Simon Reynolds Farrar, Straus and Giroux (July 19, 2011)

One of The Telegraph's Best Music Books 2011

We live in a pop age gone loco for retro and crazy for commemoration. Band re-formations and reunion tours, expanded reissues of classic albums and outtake-crammed...


Listen to This

by Alex Ross Farrar, Straus and Giroux (September 28, 2010)

One of The Telegraph's Best Music Books 2011

Alex Ross's award-winning international bestseller, The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century, has become a contemporary classic, establishing Ross as...


Amore

by Mark Rotella Farrar, Straus and Giroux (September 14, 2010)

Amore is Mark Rotella's celebration of the "Italian decade"—the years after the war and before the Beatles when Frank Sinatra, Perry Como, Dean Martin, and Tony Bennett, among others, won the hearts of the...


The Painted Word

by Tom Wolfe Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 14, 2008)

"America's nerviest journalist" (Newsweek) trains his satirical eye on Modern Art in this "masterpiece" (The Washington Post)

Wolfe's style has never been more dazzling, his wit never more keen. He addresses...


Video Slut

by Sharon Oreck Farrar, Straus and Giroux (May 25, 2010)

When video killed the radio star, Sharon Oreck was calling the shots.

Video Slut takes an irreverent look behind the scenes of the music-video industry during its eighties heyday. Oreck, one of the top producers...


Girl Power

by Marisa Meltzer Farrar, Straus and Giroux (February 15, 2010)

In the early nineties, riot grrrl exploded onto the underground music scene, inspiring girls to pick up an instrument, create fanzines, and become politically active. Rejecting both traditional gender roles...


Perfecting Sound Forever

by Greg Milner Farrar, Straus and Giroux (June 09, 2009)

In 1915, Thomas Edison proclaimed that he could record a live performance and reproduce it perfectly, shocking audiences who found themselves unable to tell whether what they were hearing was an Edison Diamond...


The Rest Is Noise

Guardian First Book Award 2008, National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism 2007

by Alex Ross Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 16, 2007)

The scandal over modern music has not died down. While paintings by Pablo Picasso and Jackson Pollock sell for a hundred million dollars or more, shocking musical works from Stravinsky's Rite of Spring onward...


The History Boys: The Film

by Alan Bennett & Nicholas Hytner Farrar, Straus and Giroux (November 14, 2006)

Now a major motion picture from Fox Searchlight Pictures, The History Boys: The Film contains Alan Bennett's diary of the filming, the shooting script, and an introduction by director Nicholas Hytner, as well...


Inside Bruegel

by Edward Snow Farrar, Straus and Giroux (November 30, 1997)

In this brilliant, original and lavishly illustrated book, Edward Snow undertakes an inquiry into a single painting by the Flemish master Peter Bruegel the Elder—the kaleidoscopic Children's Games—in order...


Fryderyk Chopin

by Dr. Alan Walker Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 16, 2018)

A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice. The Sunday Times (U.K.) Classical Music Book of 2018 and one of The Economist's Best Books of 2018.

"A magisterial portrait." --Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim, The New...


Federico Fellini

by Tullio Kezich & Minna Proctor Farrar, Straus and Giroux (March 06, 2007)

A lively and authoritative journey into the world of a cinema master

With the revolutionary 8 1/2, Federico Fellini put his deepest desires and anxieties before the lens in 1963, permanently impacting the art...


Glory in a Line

by Phyllis Birnbaum Farrar, Straus and Giroux (November 13, 2007)

The first biography in English of the Japanese artist who was a central figure in the dazzling artistic milieu of 1920s Paris

When we think of expatriates in Paris during the early decades of the twentieth century,...


The Reel Truth

by Reed Martin Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 28, 2009)

Did you know that most of the biggest indie filmmakers, screenwriters, and producers working today each made the same avoidable mistakes early on in their careers?

The Reel Truth details the pitfalls, snares,...


The Secret Life of the American Musical

by Jack Viertel Farrar, Straus and Giroux (March 01, 2016)

A New York Times Bestseller

For almost a century, Americans have been losing their hearts and losing their minds in an insatiable love affair with the American musical. It often begins in childhood in a darkened...


The Devil's Horn

by Michael Segell Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 15, 2005)

In The Devil's Horn, Michael Segell traces the 160-year history of the saxophone-a horn that created a sound never before heard in nature, and that from the moment it debuted has aroused both positive and negative...


Gary Cooper

by David Thomson Farrar, Straus and Giroux (March 22, 2010)

"Cooper was heroic, of course, in his own mind as much as in his scripts. He was manly, tall, ruggedly handsome. He was a man for a fight."

On screen Gary Cooper was the ultimate all-American hero: lean, laconic,...


Theatre

by David Mamet Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 13, 2010)

If theatre were a religion, explains David Mamet in his opening chapter, "many of the observations and suggestions in this book might be heretical." As always, Mamet delivers on his promise: in Theatre, the...


Strange Tools

by Alva Noë Farrar, Straus and Giroux (September 22, 2015)

A philosopher makes the case for thinking of works of art as tools for investigating ourselves

In his new book, Strange Tools: Art and Human Nature, the philosopher and cognitive scientist Alva Noë raises a...


Leni Riefenstahl

by Jürgen Trimborn & Edna McCown Farrar, Straus and Giroux (January 22, 2008)

Dancer, actress, mountaineer, and director Leni Riefenstahl's uncompromising will and audacious talent for self-promotion appeared unmatched—until 1932, when she introduced herself to her future protector...


The Man Who Saved Britain

by Simon Winder Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 02, 2007)

Bond. James Bond. The ultimate British hero--suave, stoic, gadget-driven--was, more than anything, the necessary invention of a traumatized country whose self-image as a great power had just been shattered by...


Hollywood Gothic

by David J. Skal Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 18, 2004)

The primal image of the black-caped vampire Dracula has become an indelible fixture of the modern imagination. It's recognition factor rivals, in its own perverse way, the familiarity of Santa Claus. Most of...


Humphrey Bogart

by David Thomson Farrar, Straus and Giroux (March 22, 2010)

"Look, I'm hardly pretty, he seems to say. I sound like gravel; I look rough and tough; and, honest, I don't give you the soft, foolish answers the pretty boys will give you. You may not like what I say, but...


Broadcast Hysteria

by A. Brad Schwartz Farrar, Straus and Giroux (May 05, 2015)

On the evening of October 30, 1938, radio listeners across the United States heard a startling report of a meteor strike in the New Jersey countryside. With sirens blaring in the background, announcers in the...


Mysteries of the Mall

by Witold Rybczynski Farrar, Straus and Giroux (September 08, 2015)

A deep exploration of modern life that examines our cities, public places, and homes

Following How Architecture Works, Witold Rybczynski casts a seasoned critical eye over the modern scene with Mysteries of the...