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Inspired 3D Short Film Production - 2847578904

275,74 zł

Inspired 3D Short Film Production CENGAGE COURSE TECHNOLOGY

Książki / Literatura obcojęzyczna

This book brilliantly guides readers, using colorful images and step-by-step instructions, through all aspects of creating a digital short film, from the development stage (story, character design, animatics), through the production process (animation, camera direction, lighting), as well as the post-production phase (editing, submitting to festivals and contests). By the time readers complete Inspired 3D Short Film Production , they will have received an overview of all the steps involved in creating a digital short, as well as having witnessed the production of a student's short film from concept through completion. Co-Author Jeremy Cantor's latest CG short film, "Squaring Off" will be featured in North America's Best Animated Shorts (DVD collection) scheduled for release this Spring. Co-Author Pepe Valencia is currently lending his character animation skills to "Tadpole," Sony Imageworks' second animated CG short. An exciting companion DVD features several student and professional animated shorts, and includes examples performed in the book's tutorials. "Inspired 3D Short Film Production" provides budding filmmakers with the necessary inspiration, examples, and pipeline suggestions to help them turn their story ideas into reality through the medium of the 3D animated CG short.

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Best Short Stories - 2826794689

55,85 zł

Best Short Stories CRW Publishing Limited

Książki / Literatura obcojęzyczna

Somerset Maugham is one of the world's great story tellers. You turn the pages and enter a magical world of fabulous characters. You feel as if you are curled up listening to the delicious, risque, tales of an old, dear and rather wicked friend. You are transported to the very place, the villa, the street, the bar, the smells and tastes are almost tangible. The ten stories in this collection are 'The Letter', 'The Verger', 'The Vessel of Wrath', 'The Book-Bag', 'The Facts of Life', 'Lord Mountdrago', 'The Colonel's Lady', 'The Treasure', 'Rain' and 'P&O'.With an Afterword by Ned Halley.

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Cat's Cradle - Kurt Vonnegut - 2847039743

43,14 zł

Cat's Cradle - Kurt Vonnegut

Książki & Multimedia > Książki

Opis - Cat?s Cradle, one of Vonnegut?s most entertaining novels, is filled with scientists and G-men and even ordinary folks caught up in the game. These assorted characters chase each other around in search of the world?s most important and dangerous substance, a new form of ice that freezes at room temperature. At one time, this novel could probably be found on the bookshelf of every college kid in America; it?s still a fabulous read and a great place to start if you?re young enough to have missed the first Vonnegut craze. Vonnegut has a way of helping his readers enter into this end-of-the-world story. Jonah, the first-person narrator, wants to write a book about the end of the world ? so naturally his topic is the inventor of the atomic bomb, Dr. Frank Hoenikker, and what the people surrounding him were doing on the day the bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. It is his research that leads him to Hoenikker?s children, old acquaintances and, finally, on a journey that goes completely different than expected? The protagonist himself spoils parts of his story right at the beginning of the book, but I will do my best to keep the review spoilerfree. Personally, I didn?t even read the blurb, I just dug right into the book. Maybe that added to the wonder I felt washing over me on every page. Truth be told, I picked this as my second-chance-for-Vonnegut book because it is fairly slim (yes, I am ashamed of myself). The style is both simple and complicated. Vonnegut uses simple words and short, precise sentences to tell a story that folds back onto itself, that jumps back and forth in time and expects the reader to know things that are only revealed much later. I see how this may turn certain people off, for me it only added to the charm and the mystery of this novel. I like having to work my brain to figure out what?s going on. The revelations are just that much more satisfying. The many, very short chapters make for a nice reading experience and give you the illusion that you can stop after this chapter or that chapter ? only to find yourself continuing because it?s just that good. Nazwa - Cat's Cradle Autor - Kurt Vonnegut Oprawa - Twarda Wydawca - Orion Books Kod ISBN - 9780575081956 Kod EAN - 9780575081956 Rok wydania - 2009 Język - angielski Format - 13.0x20.5cm Ilość stron - 210 Podatek VAT - 5%

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Uległa i posłuszna - Shirlee Busbee - 2847773573

13,33 zł

Uległa i posłuszna - Shirlee Busbee

Książki & Multimedia > Książki

Opis - Romantyczne klimaty dawnej Anglii - Miłość, namiętność, zdrada... Romans historyczny, napisany zgodnie z najlepszymi regułami gatunku. Akcja toczy się na początku XIX w. w środowisku posiadaczy ziemskich w Anglii, łącząc elementy romansowe i sensacyjne. Książka ta stanowi znakomitą lekturę odprężającą. Akcja obfituje w zaskakujące zwroty, a prócz tego mamy doskonałe opisy przyrody, eleganckich wnętrz i przyjęć, w które czytelnik chętnie się zanurza. Autorka umiejętnie buduje atmosferę beztroskiego, spokojnego luksusu, w którym przebywają ludzie dobrzy i pogodni. Zwłaszcza opisy dworów i dworskiego życia przenoszą czytelnika w inny świat. Jest to również książka pełna humoru, znajdziemy w niej wiele błyskotliwych dialogów i dowcipnych ripost, lecz dobrotliwy humor przejawia się też w stosunku autorki do swych bohaterów, ich mniej istotnych problemów, a także ogólnie do świata i życia. Nazwa - Uległa i posłuszna Autor - Shirlee Busbee Oprawa - Twarda Wydawca - Bellona Kod ISBN - 9788311132160 Kod EAN - 9788311132160 Rok wydania - 2014 Format - 13x20 Ilość stron - 374 Podatek VAT - 5% Premiera - 2014-09-29

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Torebki i morderstwo - Dorothy Howell - 2836982797

11,69 zł

Torebki i morderstwo - Dorothy Howell

Książki & Multimedia > Książki

Opis - NOWA SERIA WSPÓŁCZESNYCH POWIEŚCI OBYCZAJOWO-KRYMINALNYCH, KTÓRYCH AKCJA ROZGRYWA SIĘ W USA, A ICH WSPÓLNYM MOTYWEM SĄ DAMSKIE MARKOWE TOREBKI. Kryminał, jakiego jeszcze w Polsce nie było! Żywa, dowcipna, dynamiczna akcja, pełna nieoczekiwanych i zaskakujących zwrotów. Powieść barwniejsza niż hollywoodzki film - czyta się doskonale! Jeśli spodobała Ci się książka Diabeł ubiera się u Prady, musisz przeczytać serię o Haley Randolph. Torebki i morderstwo to dowcipna i inteligentna powieść dziejąca się w Los Angeles, Mieście Aniołów, z rozlicznymi centrami handlowymi, butikami i straganami gdzie sprzedaje się damskie torebki. Pasją życiową bohaterki, Haley Randolph, są właśnie torebki. Ale wyłącznie MARKOWE, zaprojektowane przez stylistów z najwyższej półki... I ta namiętność sprowadzi na bohaterkę mnóstwo kłopotów, wśród których najmniejszymi będą oskarżenia o morderstwo i defraudację... Aby mieć środki na życie - i na swoja życiową pasję - Haley musi pracować na dwóch posadach. Ta główna, prestiżowa, to praca w renomowanej firmie prawniczej Pike&Warner, której centrum decyzyjne mieści się na tajemniczym, i dla urzędniczego proletariatu firmy niedostępnym, Szesnastym Piętrze. Druga posada to praca ekspedientki-kasjerki-sprzątaczki-magazynierki (zależnie od kaprysu kierownictwa...) w wielkim domu towarowym Holt`s, w którym sprzedaje się "ohydne ciuchy", "koszmarne buty" i "beznadziejne torebki"... To właśnie tam, w magazynie damskiej bielizny, znajduje zwłoki Richarda, wyjątkowo niesympatycznego faceta, którego ktoś zatłukł drążkiem wyłamanym ze stojaka na ubrania... Niebawem ona sama staje się główną podejrzaną. Haley sama musi oczyścić się z zarzutów i podejmuje prywatne śledztwo. Kończy się ono nieoczekiwanym rezultatem... Nazwa - Torebki i morderstwo Autor - Dorothy Howell Oprawa - Twarda Wydawca - Bellona Kod ISBN - 9788311132061 Kod EAN - 9788311132061 Rok wydania - 2014 Format - 13x20 Ilość stron - 382 Podatek VAT - 5% Premiera - 2014-09-30

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How to Name a Hurricane - 2847568681

141,20 zł

How to Name a Hurricane University of Arizona Press

Książki / Literatura obcojęzyczna

There's no denying it, media culture has ushered in a new era of visibility for gays in America. Yet somehow the gay Latino doesn't fit into this sound-bite identity and usually isn't included in national media images. Rane Arroyo offers a corrective. Known primarily as a poet and playwright representing the gay Latino community, Arroyo has also been publishing prose throughout his career and now gathers into this book a storm of writing that has been gaining strength, drop by drop, for more than ten years. How to Name a Hurricane collects short stories and other fictions depicting Latino drag queens and leather men, religious sinners and happy atheists, working-class heroes and cyberspace vaqueros--a parade of characters that invites readers to consider whether one is more authentic a gay Latino than another. Whereas actual hurricanes are given names, the gays given voice in this collection must name themselves--and these narratives in turn reveal something of the "I" of Hurricane Rane. Whether portraying a family gathering as Brides-head Revisited with a mambo soundtrack, recounting the relationship of transvestite Louie/Lois and her bisexual Superman, or bemoaning "feeling as unsexy as an old bean burrito in a 7-11 microwave," Arroyo tracks the heart beat of his characters through a shimmering palette of styles. Here are monologues, a story in verse, and other experimental forms appropriate to experimental lives-all affirming the basic human rights of dignity, equality, love, and even silliness. When the AIDS epidemic first hit, many Latino families destroyed any remembrances of their gay and bisexual sons that might betray their pasts to la familia or el pueblo. Arroyo's writingsreturn the ghosts of those sons to the families, bars, dance clubs, and neighborhoods where they belong. By penetrating to the I's of narrative hurricanes, these stories honor the survivors of our ongoing cultural storms.

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The Library of Babel - 2845289088

163,10 zł

The Library of Babel Betascript Publishing

Książki / Literatura obcojęzyczna

High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! "The Library of Babel" (Spanish: La biblioteca de Babel) is a short story by Argentine author and librarian Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986), conceiving of a universe in the form of a vast library containing all possible 410-page books of a certain format. The story originally appeared in Spanish in Borges's 1941 collection of stories El Jardín de senderos que se bifurcan (The Garden of Forking Paths). That entire book was, in turn, included within his much-reprinted Ficciones (1944). Two English-language translations appeared approximately simultaneously in 1962, one by James E. Irby in a diverse collection of Borges's works entitled Labyrinths and the other by Anthony Kerrigan as part of a collaborative translation of the entirety of Ficciones.

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How We are Hungry - 2826875292

47,76 zł

How We are Hungry Penguin

Książki / Literatura obcojęzyczna

How We Are Hungry is a collection of Dave Eggers' short stories that twist and inspire the imagination. Dave Eggers has championed the cause of the short story so magnificently that through his own McSweeney's magazine and through its many imitators the form is once again in the ascendant. Yet while celebrating the work of others, Eggers has also proved himself time and again one of the modern masters of the form. This unmissable collection is Egger's first, and showcases his talents in a variety of stories that are short-short, short-long and every length in between; and in stories that are dark, funny, inspiring, daring and endlessly inventive (including the acclaimed 'Up the Mountain Coming Down Slowly'). In short, in stories that will make you appreciate that Dave Eggers and the short story were made for each other - and, in turn, for you. "Possibly the most admired and emulated American author of his generation". (Independent). "Brilliant, confident floods of language". (Sunday Herald). "Intensely pleasurable, striking in its beauty ...a triumph of both form and content". (Guardian). Award-winning author Dave Eggers is the editor and founder of American literary journal McSweeney's and the founder of 826 Valencia, a non-profit literacy centre for disadvantaged young people in San Francisco. He is the author of several novels, collections of short stories and non-fiction works, including his first novel A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, What is the What (winner of the Prix Medici and finalist of the 2006 National Book Critics Circle Award), Zeitoun (winner of the American Book Award and the LA Times Book Award), The Wild Things (a novel adapted from the illustrated book Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak), You Shall Know Our Velocity and, most recently, and, A Hologram for the King.

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Mateguas Island - 2839141987

78,06 zł

Mateguas Island Linda Watkins

Książki / Literatura obcojęzyczna

On a remote island off the coast of Maine, a troubled family is trying to pick up the pieces of their shattered lives and start over. But unbeknownst to them, the property they have inherited is steeped in ancient magic - magic that could seek to destroy and devour them. An arcane locked box, a strange and foreboding trail into the woods, a seductive young woman, and tales of a malevolent Indian spirit, are just some of the perils Karen Andersen must face in order to find a way to save her family. A spine-tingling tale filled with passion, lies, and betrayal, Ms. Watkins debut novel, will have you sleeping with the lights on! PRAISE FOR MATEGUAS ISLAND: "Native American folklore blends with a tale of suspense and horror in the multifaceted Mateguas Island....Mateguas Island employs a device other authors (most notably Stephen King in his classic novel The Shining) have successfully used in placing danger both outside and within the family structure.... Surprising twists and turns and a powerful old box filled with magic: these are the elements of a fine horror story that slowly builds its plot with believable protagonists and engrossing color...Any who like horror stories and gothic fiction will find Mateguas Island an exceptional read." ~Midwest Book Review " ...a frightening read that only gains in intensity the further you dare to go." ~H. William Ruback, author of "the SHORT of it..." "MATEGUAS ISLAND will draw you into its world, page after page. Read it tonight after the sun sets and darkness grips your home." ~Robert James Jackson, author of "Moon Strike" "MATEGUAS ISLAND is a crisp story for a stormy night when the house is creaking, rain is rattling on the window panes and you just know Something is Out There." ~J. Scott Payne, author of "A Corporal No More." "From the first goose bumps when you learn of the old Indian woman's death to the final conclusion of this book, Linda Watkins keeps you mindful of that macabre presence waiting for you just beyond the shadows where things can and do turn deadly." ~Steve LeBel, author of "Bernie and the Putty." "MATEGUAS ISLAND by Linda Watkins is a suspenseful novel that quickly pulled me in with well-developed characters, a tight plot and a fascinating story line...One of the best I've read in this genre. It kept me up reading late into the night." ~Darlene Blasing, author of "Bargain Paradise" "I was immediately transported to this rocky sea-side setting and the sense of isolation was conveyed easily. There is just enough suspense to keep the reader hooked...I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a good page-turner to curl up with!" ~Melissa Miles, Melissa's Reviews "Mateguas Island is a well written book!!...I truly love endings that make me drop my mouth because I didn't see it coming! I can not wait to read more from this author!! Great book!!" ~Barb's Review - Goodreads

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Cat's Cradle - 2825795250

41,10 zł

Cat's Cradle Orion Books

Społeczno-obyczajowaPowieść zagraniczna

Cat?s Cradle, one of Vonnegut?s most entertaining novels, is filled with scientists and G-men and even ordinary folks caught up in the game. These assorted characters chase each other around in search of the world?s most important and dangerous substance, a new form of ice that freezes at room temperature. At one time, this novel could probably be found on the bookshelf of every college kid in America; it?s still a fabulous read and a great place to start if you?re young enough to have missed the first Vonnegut craze.Vonnegut has a way of helping his readers enter into this end-of-the-world story. Jonah, the first-person narrator, wants to write a book about the end of the world ? so naturally his topic is the inventor of the atomic bomb, Dr. Frank Hoenikker, and what the people surrounding him were doing on the day the bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. It is his research that leads him to Hoenikker?s children, old acquaintances and, finally, on a journey that goes completely different than expected?The protagonist himself spoils parts of his story right at the beginning of the book, but I will do my best to keep the review spoilerfree. Personally, I didn?t even read the blurb, I just dug right into the book. Maybe that added to the wonder I felt washing over me on every page. Truth be told, I picked this as my second-chance-for-Vonnegut book because it is fairly slim (yes, I am ashamed of myself).The style is both simple and complicated. Vonnegut uses simple words and short, precise sentences to tell a story that folds back onto itself, that jumps back and forth in time and expects the reader to know things that are only revealed much later. I see how this may turn certain people off, for me it only added to the charm and the mystery of this novel. I like having to work my brain to figure out what?s going on. The revelations are just that much more satisfying. The many, very short chapters make for a nice reading experience and give you the illusion that you can stop after this chapter or that chapter ? only to find yourself continuing because it?s just that good.

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Cat's Cradle - 2846838161

39,30 zł

Cat's Cradle Orion Books

Proza obcaPsychologia

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Cat's Cradle - 2847104535

39,15 zł

Cat's Cradle ORION BOOKS

Literatura obcojęzyczna

Cat’s Cradle, one of Vonnegut’s most entertaining novels, is filled with scientists and G-men and even ordinary folks caught up in the game. These assorted characters chase each other around in search of the world’s most important and dangerous substance, a new form of ice that freezes at room temperature. At one time, this novel could probably be found on the bookshelf of every college kid in America; it’s still a fabulous read and a great place to start if you’re young enough to have missed the first Vonnegut craze. Vonnegut has a way of helping his readers enter into this end-of-the-world story. Jonah, the first-person narrator, wants to write a book about the end of the world – so naturally his topic is the inventor of the atomic bomb, Dr. Frank Hoenikker, and what the people surrounding him were doing on the day the bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. It is his research that leads him to Hoenikker’s children, old acquaintances and, finally, on a journey that goes completely different than expected… The protagonist himself spoils parts of his story right at the beginning of the book, but I will do my best to keep the review spoilerfree. Personally, I didn’t even read the blurb, I just dug right into the book. Maybe that added to the wonder I felt washing over me on every page. Truth be told, I picked this as my second-chance-for-Vonnegut book because it is fairly slim (yes, I am ashamed of myself). The style is both simple and complicated. Vonnegut uses simple words and short, precise sentences to tell a story that folds back onto itself, that jumps back and forth in time and expects the reader to know things that are only revealed much later. I see how this may turn certain people off, for me it only added to the charm and the mystery of this novel. I like having to work my brain to figure out what’s going on. The revelations are just that much more satisfying. The many, very short chapters make for a nice reading experience and give you the illusion that you can stop after this chapter or that chapter – only to find yourself continuing because it’s just that good.

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1980 Gray Murders - 2845290141

59,50 zł

1980 Gray Murders Total Recall Publications Inc

Książki / Literatura obcojęzyczna

The 1980 Gray Murders It was a black December night in 1980. Trooper Earl Nicholson sped to the scene of a reported automobile accident. Arriving at the scene, Nicholson expected to see mangled steel and broken glass. Instead, he was met with the sight of a young woman dressed in pajamas - and a small, shirtless, boy - laying under a tree in the front yard of the house facing the street. Scanning the bodies with his flashlight beam, it was evident to the state trooper that the victims had died from multiple stab wounds. Leading away from the stiffening corpses were two frozen trails of blood - one in the direction of the front door, the other in the direction of the railroad crossing down the road. Nicholson radioed for back-up and cautiously made his way toward the house. A List of Characters Henrietta Thomas - murdered by her son, Riddle C. Thomas, Junior. Howard Sisk - 14-year old relative murdered by Riddle C. Thomas, Junior. Charlotte Haynes - Howard's mother. Seriously injured when Riddle C. Thomas, Junior attacked her with a butcher knife. Riddle C. Thomas, Junior - Known as "Junior" by family and friends. 20-year old who went on a murderous rampage in his mother's house on a cold December night in 1980. Earl Nicholson - Kentucky State Trooper who was the first law enforcement officer to arrive at the scene of the murders. An Interview with Steve A. Reeves: Q: When did you know you wanted to be a writer? A: When I was working on my undergraduate degree at Cumberland College. Q: Where do your ideas come from? A: From real life events that are action packed and potentially dangerous. Q: What do you think makes a good story? A: Always leave the reader wanting to turn the page. Q: Which of your characters would you most like to invite to dinner, and why? A: I'd invite any of the crew members from Squawk 7500. And I'd like to sit down with Charlotte Haynes from The 1980 Gray Murders. Q: Which of your characters would you least want to dine with? A: I wouldn't want to have dinner with the dirt bag who attempted to hijack my plane in Squawk 7500. Q: Did you have any mentors who helped you along the way? A: I'm eternally grateful for the assistance and guidance provided by Bruce Moran. Q: Where did the idea for (Book Title) come from? A: From the date of the actual crime and its location. Q: Why did you want to write about (Your Subject)? A:. There were so many unanswered Q:s. I wanted to see if I could find the answers. I found some, others will never be known. Q: Was it difficult to write this style of book? A: Very difficult. The deeper I got into the writing, the more I began to empathize with the victims. Q: What other (articles, books etc) that you have written have been published? A: My other book: Squawk 7500 It is about an airline pilot's dilemma when an unruly passenger takes the stewardess hostage. Wait until you read the ending. Q: What's your next project? A: I am working on a short story adventure series for TotalRecall Publications. Contact them if you have a manuscript as they are looking for good stories. Q: If you could do anything, what would you do? A: Ride a bull for the full 8 seconds. Q: How did you come up with the idea for this book? A: I'd always been intrigued by the mysteries surrounding this crime. I grew up in the area and actually new some of the people involved in the story. Q: If you could give any advice to beginning writers, what would it be? A: Don't give up. Don't ever give up.

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Letter from America - 2212824618

40,80 zł

Letter from America Penguin

Powieści i opowiadania

When Alistair Cooke retired in March 2004 and then died a few weeks later, he was acclaimed by many as one of the greatest broadcasters of all time. His Letters from America, which began in 1946 and continued uninterrupted every week until early 2004, kept the world in touch with what was happening in Cooke's wry, liberal and humane style. This selection, made largely by Cooke himself and supplemented by his literary executor, gives us the very best of these legendary broadcasts. Over half have never appeared in print before. It is a remarkable portrait of a continent - and a man. Fred Astaire 26 June 1987 Movie stars don't make it. Nor statesmen. Not Prime Ministers, or dictators unless they die in office. Not even a world-famous rock star, unless he's assassinated. But last Monday, none of the three national television networks hesitated about the story that would lead the evening news. On millions of little screens in this country and I don't doubt in many other countries around the world, the first shots were of an imp, a graceful wraith, a firefly in impeccable white tie and tails. And for much longer than the lead story usually runs, for a full five minutes on NBC, we were given a loving retrospective of the dead man, ending with the firm declaration by Nureyev that 'He was not just the best ballroom dancer, or tap dancer, he was simply the greatest, most imaginative, dancer of our time.' And the newsmen were right to remind us of the immortal comment of the Hollywood mogul, who, with the no-nonsense directness of an expert, reported on Fred Astaire's first film test: 'Has enormous ears, can't act, can't sing, dances a little.' That Hollywood mogul, long gone, spent his life ducking round corners, to avoid being identified as the oaf who looked in the sky and never saw the brightest star. However, that expert opinion was, as the lawyers say, controlling at the time and in Astaire's first movies, there was no thought of allowing him to act or sing. But not for long. And thanks to the invention of television, and the need to fill vast stretches of the afternoon and night with old movies, it has been possible for my daughter, for instance, to claim Fred Astaire as her favourite film star from the evidence of all the movies he made fifteen, ten, five, three years before she was born. When I got the news on Monday evening here, and realized with immediate professional satisfaction that the BBC had smartly on hand a musical obituary tribute to him I put together eight years ago, I couldn't help recalling the casual, comic way this and similar radio obituaries came about. I was in London at the end of 1979, and Richard Rodgers - one of the two or three greatest of American songwriters - had just died, I believe on New Year's Eve or the night before. Britons, by then, were getting accustomed, without pain, to making what used to be a two-day Christmas holiday into a ten-day much-needed rest. For all laborious research purposes, the BBC was shut up. And there was no retrospective programme on the life and music of Richard Rodgers in the BBC's archives. Of course, in a gramophone library that looks like an annex to the Pentagon, there were hundreds, perhaps thousands, of recordings of his songs. The SOS went out to a writer, a producer, and - I presume - a man who had the key to the gramophone library. The silent place was unlocked, and the three of them laboured through the day to put together an hour's tribute to Richard Rodgers. It was done. It was competent enough, but rushed to an impossible deadline. This hasty improvisation happened just when my own music producer and I, who had enjoyed working together for six years or so on American popular music, were wondering what we could offer next. We'd done a sketch history of jazz, through individuals. We'd gone through all the popular music of the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s, and were stumped for a new series, at which point I asked if we mightn't go and talk to the head of the channel, network or whatever. We went in, and the genial boss asked me what we had in mind. 'A morgue,' I said. A what? 'Where', I asked, 'is your morgue?' He was not familiar with the word, a newspaper term. 'Well,' I said, 'all newspapers have them.' 'How d'you mean?' 'If, I explained, 'Mrs Thatcher died tonight and you woke up and read a two-sentence obituary, you'd be rightly outraged. But if you saw a two-page obituary, you'd take it for granted. When d'you suppose it was written?' 'That's right,' he said thoughtfully. What I was proposing was a morgue of the Americans eminent in popular music and jazz, so they'd not get caught short again. A splendid idea, the man said; pick your stars. We made a list and were commissioned to return to America and finish all of them. Naturally, we looked at a calendar, and birthdates of Hoagy Carmichael, Earl Hines, Harold Arlen, Ethel Merman, Stephane Grappelli, Ella Fitzgerald. But then, in a spasm of panic, we thought of two giants - if the word can be used about two comparative midgets: Irving Berlin and Fred Astaire. Berlin was then 91. And Fred Astaire was just crowding 80. The boss man, to whom the idea of a morgue had been, only a few minutes before, quaint if not morbid, wondered what we were waiting for. Better get busy, at once, on Berlin and then on Astaire. I remember doing the Astaire obit, then and there, while I was still in London. Meanwhile, we'd simply pray every night that the Lord would keep Irving Berlin breathing till I could get home and get busy. I remember being picked up in a car by a charming young girl to get to the BBC and record my Astaire narration - there wasn't a moment to lose. She asked me, in the car, what the script was that I was clutching. 'It's an obituary', I said, 'of Fred Astaire.' 'Fred Astaire,' she shrieked, 'dead?' and almost swerved into a bus. 'Of course, he's not dead,' I said, 'but he's going to be one day.' She, too, was new to the institution of a morgue. I recalled that when I was a correspondent for a British paper in the United States, and when for example. Dean Acheson was appointed Secretary of State, the first cable I had from my editor said, 'Welcome Acheson obituary soonest.' How ghoulish, she said. I imagine that to two generations at least, it's assumed that Fred Astaire, this slim, pop-eyed newcomer to Hollywood who couldn't act, couldn't sing, danced a little, only made a fool of the mogul through the movies he made, with Ginger Rogers, in the mid- and late 1930s. But long before then, from the mid-1920s on, he was already an incomparable star - as a dancer - to theatre audiences both in New York and in London. Perhaps more in London than anywhere, certainly in the 1920s, with the early Gershwin hits, Funny Face and Lady Be Good, and lastly, in 1933, in Cole Porter's Gay Divorce (which was the title of the theatre show; Hollywood would not then allow so shocking a title and called the movie version, The Gay Divorcee). Of all the thousands of words that have been written this week, and will be written, there is a passage I went back to on Tuesday night which, I think, as well as anything I know, sums up Astaire's overall appeal - the appeal that takes in but transcends one's admiration for his dancing and for his inimitably intimate singing style. This was written in November 1933, by a theatre critic who had so little feel for dancing that he marvelled why London should go on about 'Mr Astaire's doing well enough what the Tiller Girls at Blackpool do superbly'. The critic, the writer, was James Agate, the irascible, dogmatic, opinionated but brilliant journalist, and I believe the best critic of acting we have had this century. He is writing his review of Gay Divorce, after declaring yet again his contempt for musical comedy as an entertainment for idiots, deploring the play's plot and the acting and hoping 'Micawberishly, for something to turn up'. 'Presently,' he wrote, 'Mr Fred Astaire obliged, and there is really no more to be said.' Except

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Opis - This collection of 100 of O Henry's finest stories is a showcase for the sheer variety of one of America's best and best-loved short story writers The variety of the storie is amazing; O Henry is as at home describing life south of the Rio Grande as he is chronicling the activities and concerns of 'the four million' ordinary citizens who inhabited turn-of-the-century New York. They are marked by coincidence and surprise endings as well as the compassion and high humour that have made O Henry's stories popular for the last century. Nazwa - 100 Selected Stories Autor - O. Henry Oprawa - Miękka Wydawca - Wordsworth Kod ISBN - 9781853262418 Kod EAN - 9781853262418 Rok wydania - 2015 Język - angielski Format - 12.0x19.0cm Ilość stron - 736 Podatek VAT - 5%

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