Richard Leigh

Helpful votes received on reviews: 85% (88 of 104)
Location: London, England


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John Cage (Ex)Plain(Ed) by Richard Kostelanetz
John Cage (Ex)Plain(Ed) by Richard Kostelanetz
This is indeed a great disappointment. Kostelanetz has done useful work, in the past, in editing some of Cage's writings, but this book is incoherent and superfluous. For a brief introduction, there are excellent books by Rob Haskins and Kyle Gann - give this one a miss. It even descends, at one point, to a scurrilous attack on the work of a Cage scholar on whose interview with Cage Kostelanetz casts doubt for no clear reason except,perhaps, professional jealousy. He writes as if he thinks that he would like to have a monopoly on writing about Cage which, mercifully, he does not. If you really want to find out about Cage, then the books mentioned above, and Joan Retallack's… Read more
Lyrics For Lovers ~ Dirk Bogarde
Lyrics For Lovers ~ Dirk Bogarde
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I have long treasured a taped copy of this rubbish, bought in a charity shop by an eccentric friend if I remember correctly. Bogarde intones the lyrics in an "actorly" voice (it isn't singing) to a lugubrious orchestral accompaniment (what on earth must the musicians have made of it? Or did he just dub the words over a pre-recorded backing ?) Either way - you owe it to yourself to hear the fruits of this quite incredible idea. Every now and again, amid the mountains of nondescript popular music on record, there's an unexpected gem. No-one TRYING to be funny could ever rival this. Please treat yourself - a real party record.
Beckett's Dying Words: The Clarendon Lectures 1990&hellip by Christopher Ricks
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
If you do, people will think you're crazy. This is one of the funniest books I've read in years - and certainly the funniest work of literary criticism And I say this, not just because nothing is funnier than unhappiness (I grant you that), and definitely NOT because I require my nose to be rubbed in the s*** (what IS wrong with Harold Pinter?), but because Ricks can make me laugh myself sick at details in Beckett's fiction which I'd never noticed. I thought I knew the fiction pretty well, but Ricks makes me see that I simply read through some of the funniest details without even noticing them. (Ricks can really READ). Perhaps criticism is the wrong word - perhaps fan-mail is closer. Any… Read more