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How the craze of exhausting marathon dancing mirrored America's struggle to outlast social problems of the era
|2||The Dance Derby of the Century||22|
|3||For No Good Reason||40|
|4||Private Fantasy and Public Ambivalence||68|
|5||Hal J. Ross: Cunning, Smart, and Slick||87|
|6||The National Endurance Amusement Association||111|
Posted March 29, 2000
This is a page turner. Martin is the Jeffery Archer of the new millenium. I really appreciated the way in which Martin never gets bogged down in boring details, which the provsion of satisafactory evidence, or the usage of theoretical substrates would have caused her to fall into. Martin skims the reader along the surface of the historical contingencies concerning her subject matter so quickly that one never get's caught in sticky and uncomfortable questions concerning their significance. I was therefore able to read it so so quicky! Thanks Carol Martin!: when's your new book coming out?Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 30, 2000
This is a book that certainly holds the attention of the reader. One can't resist reading through the pages in their printed order, rather than in a combination of ambiguosity and tom-foolery. I really think that the book would be much better though, if it had been properly researched. All in all though, at least it's a try.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 18, 2000
The monotony and unprofitable practice of watching endless hours of dancing were alleviated by shrewd promoters. Dramas such as mock weddings and torturous elimination races were played out on the floor--``the popularity of marathons rested on their gladiatorial displays.'' Dance marathons were under constant scrutiny by health and government officials and were sometimes banned.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 14, 2000
Posted March 14, 2000
I am both excited and alarmed by the quality and unstoppable stimulation aroused by this new addition to the growing field of dance scholarship generally, and American dance history specifically. One both rejoices and folds their arms in inevitable suspiction as Martin leads one through a world of delight, spectacle, and frankly, a whole lot of crazy old-time dancin'. The only time I allowed my eyes off the page was when I couldn't resist doin' some boogyin' myself! This is more than a book. This is a lifestyle. Ye-ha!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 11, 2000
Dance Marathons has little or no theoretical supports. It is part of a, thankfully dwindling, but very engrained, tradition in scholarship concerning the arts in which the presentation of mere historical facts (a feature of this book that renders it little more than glorified journalism) and shallow commentary (the author excusing this shallowness with a general motto which might read something like, 'I just want to do the work') render this book quite bland and frankly disappointing. Dance scholarship has for some time been screaming out for more careful theoretical models, this book fails to answer the call. Very poor.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.