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Terry Teachout

Terry Teachout

Terry Teachout, Commentary’s critic-at-large and the drama critic of the Wall Street Journal, recently directed Satchmo at the Waldorf, his first play, at Houston’s Alley Theatre.

Jazzmen Meet Me at Jim & Andy’s: Jazz Musicians and Their World. by Gene Lees Oxford University Press. 265 pp. $18.95. Clint Eastwood’s movie Bird, a remarkably precise evocation...

The Last Modernist George Balanchine, Ballet Master. by Richard Buckle in collaboration with John Taras. Random House. 403 pp. $29.95. On the surface, the English dance critic Richard Buckle...

Does the enormous popular success of books like Allan Bloom’s The Closing of the American Mind and E.D. Hirsch, Jr.’s Cultural Literacy prove, as some...

Liberalism Lite Curse of the Giant Muffins and Other Washington Maladies. by Michael Kinsley. Summit. 286 pp. $17.95. The dust jacket of Curse of the Giant Muffins and Other...

“When you are dead,” John P. Marquand once said, “you are very dead, intellectually and artistically.” Twenty-seven years after Marquand’s death, he is very dead...

Even though he has published nothing since 1965, the books of J.D. Salinger remain popular. The Catcher in the Rye alone still sells some 250,000...

The catalogue of Rutledge Hill Press, a small publishing house located in Nashville, Tennessee, is a modest but evocative eight-page booklet which serves as a...

A Woman’s Place Men and Marriage. by George Gilder. Pelican. 219 pp. $15.95. Certain controversial books, as George Orwell suggested in Nineteen Eighty-Four, are influential in inverse proportion to...

A Subtler Bias The Media Elite: America’s New Powerbrokers. by S. Robert Lichter, Stanley Rothman, and Linda S. Lichter. Adler & Adler. 342 pp. $19.95. American conservatives have tended...

Inside a Christian School God’s Choice: The Total World of a Fundamentalist Charistian School. by Alan Peshkin. University of Chicago Press. 349 pp. $24.95. Some good ideas never catch...

The Goddess That Failed The Passion of Ayn Rand. by Barbara Branden. Doubleday. 421 pp. $19.95. The history of any ideology is in large part a catalogue of purges,...

“Some” of the News Murrow: His Life and Times. by A.M. Sperber. Freundlich Books. 816 pp. $22.95. Television news leaves few clear traces in our collective memory. (Ask a...