MOST RECENT BOOKS BY BOB
Refereeing the Muses
Bob Abelman & Cheryl Kushner
REFEREEING THE MUSES examines the skill set associated with being a critic and arts journalist. It explores the history, evolution, and future of the profession in the United States, and carefully and purposefully dissects the preparation, observation, and writing process associated with generating thoughtful and interesting arts criticism.
The book is written in an accessible style and includes quotes from renowned critics and arts practitioners throughout as well as frequent sidebars that offer timely, insightful, and entertaining examples of the points being made in the text.
According to Douglas McLennan, editor of ArtsJournal.com, “The art and practice of criticism is undergoing fundamental change. Before we figure out where it’s going we have to understand what it’s been and how it’s been done. Refereeing the Muses is a valuable and compelling place from which to start.”
REFEREEING THE MUSES provides an element-by-element analysis of what goes into constructing an artful, journalistically sound review,” notes Christine Dolen, recently retired theater critic for The Miami Herald. “The book’s insights into how critics prepare and then react to a work of art are valid and valuable. The authors also acknowledge that the best criticism, like the work it analyzes, requires creativity.”
“The authors’ passion and obsession are what make this book invaluable,” says Sasha Anawalt, director of the Arts Journalism Program at the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism.
All The World’s A Stage Fright: Misadventures of a Clandestine Critic
"'What if you continued writing about theater while in an actual production?' proposed Mark, the assistant managing editor of the weekly Cleveland newspaper that hired me as its arts critic. 'You know, do a Plimpton.'"
So begins ALL THE WORLD'S A STAGE FRIGHT -- a fun, fast fictional memoir about the misadventures of a clandestine theater critic embedded in a professional production of Shakespeare's As You Like It. His goal? To drive up the paper’s readership, overcome a mind-numbing fear of Shakespeare and all the while attempting not to suck on stage!
ALL THE WORLD'S A STAGE FRIGHT is a laugh-out-loud look behind the curtain -- from audition through to opening night. You'll meet a quirky cast of characters as you follow Asher Kaufman, the book's protagonist, through a slew of surprising and hilarious twists and turns on and off stage.
This book is written for those who love theater, have had to conquer seemingly insur-mountable odds and, perhaps, are in need of Shakespeare's gorgeous words now more than ever.
Praise for ALL THE WORLD'S A STAGE FRIGHT:
Playwright Eric Coble (Velocity of Autumn, Bright Ideas) describes the book as "Fast, punchy and funny. Abelman combines a warm-hearted comic look at the terrors of creation with nuggets of history and context. It's one of those rare escapist reads where you come out a bit smarter than you went in."
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