Siege of the Arts: Collected Writings, 1994-2001

Siege of the Arts: Collected Writings, 1994-2001

by Robert Brustein
     
 

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Mr. Brustein turns his witty, penetrating, and sometimes scathing gaze on the various scourges afflicting high art in America, from the Supreme Court's endorsement of NEA content restrictions, through the breakdown of taste and standards as a consequence of political correctness, to the failure of arts education and the exaltation of amateurism. Mr. Brustein also

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Mr. Brustein turns his witty, penetrating, and sometimes scathing gaze on the various scourges afflicting high art in America, from the Supreme Court's endorsement of NEA content restrictions, through the breakdown of taste and standards as a consequence of political correctness, to the failure of arts education and the exaltation of amateurism. Mr. Brustein also celebrates the best that is being thought and written in America, analyzing the major theatrical achievements of the decade.

Editorial Reviews

Philadelphia Inquirer
Brustein upholds the tradition of incisive theater criticism as essential to a serious culture.
— Carlin Romano
Booklist
Well worth reading again and again...articulate and fierce.
— Jack Helbig
New York Times
Generous, witty, courageous.
American Theatre
Piercing, devastating, and passionate...The sheer pleasure of Brustein's wit is not to be missed.
— James Reston, Jr., American Theatre
New York Times Book Review
Robert Brustein is an elegant and eloquent voice in the wilderness of contemporary American culture.
— Lippincott, Robin
The New York Times
Generous, witty, courageous.
Pauline Kael
His directness clears the air. His intelligence shines.
The Philadelphia Inquirer - Carlin Romano
Brustein upholds the tradition of incisive theater criticism as essential to a serious culture.
Booklist - Jack Helbig
Well worth reading again and again...articulate and fierce.
David Mamet
Mr. Brustein's voice is like water in the desert: he is harsh, and funny, and insightful, and most important, fearless.
American Theatre - James Reston
Piercing, devastating, and passionate...The sheer pleasure of Brustein's wit is not to be missed.
The New York Times - Robin Lippincott
Robert Brustein is an elegant and eloquent voice in the wilderness of contemporary American culture.
American Theatre - James Reston Jr.
Piercing, devastating, and passionate...The sheer pleasure of Brustein's wit is not to be missed.
Carlin Romano
Brustein upholds the tradition of incisive theater criticism as essential to a serious culture.
Philadelphia Inquirer
Jack Helbig
Well worth reading again and again...articulate and fierce.
Booklist
Robin Lippincott
Robert Brustein is an elegant and eloquent voice in the wilderness of contemporary American culture.
New York Times Book Review
Library Journal
Playwright and director Brustein (Cultural Calisthenics), a doyen of American theater for the past 35 years at Yale and Harvard, is also the theater critic of the New Republic, where most of these nearly 50 short essays initially appeared. In the first section, "Positions and Polemics," Brustein laments the lack of thoughtful and imaginative work on America's stages and revisits reasons why serious arts are a hard sell in this country, identifying moral, political, and aesthetic correctness as the "three horsemen of the anti-culture." He is particularly frustrated by and scornful of popular theater and the NEA. A more heartening piece is "A Memory of Libraries." The second and longest section, "Plays and Performances," critiques individual productions, while the third, "People and Places," takes on dramatists and theater venues. Informed, insightful, and at times provocative, this compilation is highly recommended for general and performing arts collections. Russell T. Clement, Northwestern Univ. Lib., Evanston, IL Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Booknews
A collection of essays and theatre reviews that were, for the most part, first published in . While the bulk of the material is devoted to the reviews of plays, a number of essays look at such issues as the National Endowment for the Arts funding for controversial art, the "politically-correct" atmosphere on college campuses, the lack of music education in American education, the contribution of Jews to the theatre, threats to the future of the theatre, and the societal role of the theatre critic. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781566633802
Publisher:
Dee, Ivan R. Publisher
Publication date:
09/28/2001
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.07(d)

What People are saying about this

David Mamet
Mr. Brustein's voice is like water in the desert: he is harsh, and funny, and insightful, and most important, fearless.
David Mamet
harsh, and funny, and insightful, and most important, fearless.
Pauline Kael
His directness clears the air. His intelligence shines.

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