GEOFFREY O’BRIEN is the editor in chief of the Library of America and a regular contributor to The New York Review of Books. His latest books are Early Autumn and The Fall of the House of Walworth. (September 2012). He is a widely published poet, critic, editor, and cultural historian and has been honored with a Whiting Award and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the New York Institute for the Humanities. He lives in New York City.
“This provocative collection of essays written over a 16-year period offers unique insight into personalities as varied as Alfred Hitchcock and Bing Crosby… He doesn’t pressure readers into adopting his point of view, but simply and tactfully makes his case through imagery, seducing readers into surrendering their prejudices and joining him on an enchanting ride.” —Publishers Weekly
“O’Brien’s perspective is consistently thoughtful and succinct, making for very engaging reading throughout.” —Library Journal
“In 28 essays reprinted from various periodicals and anthologies, poet, critic, and cultural historian O’Brien charts a series of encounters with movies and television he had over a period of 16 years, some new and some he was seeing again after many years.” —Booknews
“O’Brien’s at his best in observations of what takes place on screen, disk, or page and how these actions define their practitioners. A smooth after-dinner drink.” —Kirkus
“No one writes more thoughtfully, fair-mindedly and elegantly about film these days than Geoffrey O’Brien. In a lucid and understated manner, he keeps piling insight upon insight until you have to gasp at his overall brilliance, erudition, and mastery of the critical enterprise.” —Philip Lopate, American film critic and author of To Show and To Tell
“Dazzlingly well-informed, he brings an intense visual analysis to movies that have generally been witnessed more superficially…The book is a must-read for anyone interested in serious thinking about mass entertainment and the wider shores of cinema.” —Molly Haskell, American film critic and author of From Reverence to Rape