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Richard Schickel

Richard Schickel

The Red and the Black Toms, Coons, Mulattoes, Mammies, and Bucks: An Interpretive History of Biacks in American Films. by Donald Bogle. Illustrated. Viking. 260 pp. $12.50. The Only...

Until recently it seemed that photography as a serious art (not as an adjunct to fashion and advertising) would be confined to two major traditions....

Letting Go Psychopaths. by Alan Harrington. Simon & Schuster. 288 pp. $7.95. Along with a lot of people I know, I’ve been observing an increase in the amount of...

Sun & “Surfurbia” Los Angeles: The Architecture of Four Ecologies. by Reyner Banham. Harper & Row. 256 pp. Illustrated. $6.95. The problem has always been rationalizing one’s basic, and...

Detective Story The Underground Man. by Ross Macdonald. Knopf. 273 pp. $5.95. Not since W. S. Gilbert brought to jolly culmination the Victorian obsession with children who somehow mislay—or...

Long before anyone saw it on film, it was a famous scene: the actor Rip Torn, without obvious provocation, attacking Norman Mailer with a hammer,...

Bitter Comedy Vital Parts. by Thomas Berger. Richard W. Baron. 432 pp. $6.95. It is my sad conviction that Thomas Berger will never achieve the recognition he deserves. Of...

By common consent, the most striking sports phenomenon in the 1950's has been the displacement of baseball by professional football as the Great American Game....

A few months ago I celebrated—if that's the word I want—my thirty-fifth birthday. I am now forever removed from even the most far-fetched reach of...

P.S. 1651 is a New York City elementary school with classes ranging from kindergarten to the sixth grade. A five-story, gray stone building surmounted by...

In reading Raymond Chandler Speaking,1 a collection of the late mystery writer’s letters and literary fragments, one gets a sense of the peculiar loneliness of...

No business institution in our history has ever found itself under such unrelenting and ferocious attack as television. Criticism of the industry, though centered in...