Cultural Amnesia: Necessary Memories from History and the Arts by ProQuest


[...] the book's organizational logic is revealed and the selections become more comprehensible, from "A" (Anna Akhmatova, the Odessa-born avant-garde poet) to "Z" (Stefan Zweig, whose book Die Welt von Gestern [The World of Yesterday] is "the best single memoir of Old Vienna by any of the city's nave artists" [834]). There is much to be learned elsewhere, however, as in the entry for Dick Cavett, television's "most sophisticated talk show host," and the author of "one of the best books about show business ever published" (94).

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