Scribble, Scribble, Scribble
Writing on Politics, Ice Cream, Churchill, and My Mother
By Simon Schama
(Ecco, Paperback, 9780062009876, 448pp.)
Publication Date: April 2012
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In this passionate and provocative collection, the brilliant Simon Schama reveals his lighter, more playful side as he brings his keen critical sensibility to a wide range of topics. Captivating and informative, Scribble, Scribble, Scribble captures Schama's wit and acute observations as he holds forth on everything from food and family to Winston Churchill, Martin Scorsese, and Richard Avedon, from Rubens to Rembrandt, from his travels in Brazil and Amsterdam to sailing on the Queen Mary 2.
Never predictable, always stimulating, Scribble, Scribble, Scribble is a treasure trove of surprises that highlight Schama's sense of humor, curiosity, and idiosyncrasies, allowing us to view the world, in all its diversity, through the eyes of one of its most intelligent, witty, and original inhabitants.
Simon Schama is University Professor of Art History and History at Columbia University in New York. His award-winning books include The American Future: A History; Rough Crossings; The Power of Art; The Embarrassment of Riches: An Interpretation of Dutch Culture in the Golden Age; Citizens: A Chronicle of the French Revolution; Dead Certainties (Unwarranted Speculations); Landscape and Memory; Rembrandt's Eyes; and the History of Britain trilogy. He has written and presented forty television documentary films for the BBC, PBS, and The History Channelincluding the Emmy-winning Power of Arton subjects that range from John Donne to Tolstoy.
“[T]his robust, generous smorgasbord has pretty much something for every palate.”
-New York Times
“Willfully miscellaneaous... addictively readable... [Schama] is clever, versatile, and extremely likable.”
This sparkling, effervescent collection bridges the gap between scholarly and popular writing... It is excellent holiday reading.”
“An enticing collection of pieces old and new, a bedside book of rich insights.”
“It really is very good... Witty, learned, informative, and clarifying.”
-Evening Standard (London)
“His eloquence is on magnificent display in this new book: a delightful collection of journalistic essays.”
-The Independent on Sunday
“The most stimulating and surprising writing here is on cooking and eating... A diverting personal history.”
“In these lively essays and reportage… Schama… turns his omnivorous erudition and warm prose to a vast array of topics. … He approaches every subject with gusto and amusement and … always has smart things to say.”
“[C]ollections of essays don’t come any better than this. All readers who like lively writing and good thinking, especially relating to art criticism and history, will enjoy this book.”
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