Frank Gehry's Walt Disney Concert Hall and Other Worthy Reads
If you haven't been there and don't plan to be
there any time soon, - "Symphony" (Abrams, $60.00, 240 pages, 150
illustrations, 120 full color) is the next best thing to a visit to the
Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. Lavish, lovingly presented,
filled with all kinds of interesting information on the breathtaking
structure - from its origins to its completion - "Symphony" is the first
and last word on Gehry's master work.
One of the more significant and innovative buildings of the past few
decades, the Walt Disney Concert Hall is a mélange of exterior stainless
steel curves and interior hardwood paneling in the main auditorium.
Ironically, it was envisioned and designed years before Gehry's striking
Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, a one-of-a-kind structure that these writers
visited very early on.
If you are a student of architecture or a reader with a leaning to
important books that fuse stunning visuals with insightful writings -
"Symphony" belongs on your bookshelf.
Speaking of things with a California connection, "Hollywood Horror" By
Mark A. Vieira (Abrams, $45.00, 256 pages) is a very novel look at the
range of the genre from gothic to cosmic. Vieira fuses testimony from
directors, actors, special effects types, writers, with his own
observations to provide many insights. If the subject turns you on - this
book will do the same.
"The Orient in the Mirror" by Roland and Sabrina Michaud (Abrams, $40.00,
256 pages, 200 illustrations in full color) is a book for browsing,
collecting, learning from. The book - back in print for the first time in
20 years - has a totally new look. Using the mirror as a motif, the
Michauds "twin" traditional Islamic art miniatures with their own
photographs that cover almost a half a century. One would have wished that
the writing were a bit more elegant and the proofing a bit more careful.
These are jarring when lined up against the telling quality of the
"Earth From Above 366 Days" by Yann Arthus-Bertrand (Abrams, $29.95, 792
pages) is a successor to "Earth From Above: 365 Days." There are 60 more
pages and almost 200 new images by the renowned aerial photographer Yann
Arthus-Bertrand. Reaching across the continents, the incredible full-color
photographs are enhanced by new captions explaining what we see,
describing environmental concerns related to each location.
About the Authors: Myrna Katz Frommer and Harvey Frommer are a wife and husband
team who successfully bridge the worlds of popular culture and traditional
scholarship. Co-authors of the critically acclaimed interactive oral histories
It Happened in the Catskills, It Happened in Brooklyn, Growing Up Jewish in
America, It Happened on Broadway, It Happened in Manhattan, It Happened in
Miami. They teach what they practice as professors at Dartmouth College.
They are also travel writers who specialize in luxury properties and fine dining
as well as cultural history and Jewish history and heritage in the United
States, Europe, and the Caribbean.
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