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Scribble, Scribble, Scribble: Writing on Politics, Ice Cream, Churchill,…

af Simon Schama

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Collects more than thirty previously published essays on a diverse range of topics, including food habits, art, politics, history, and travel.
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Good fun, sometimes informative, here and there moving. Highlights: how Churchill saved civilisation with the spoken word; defence of his TV history of Britain; comparison of UK & US on slavery abolition. Piece on Ruskin & Carlyle's style reminded me to keep them off my reading list, though it's not quite clear if Schama loves them or hates them. He's a bit in love with his own written voice: sometimes so clever and self-aware as to intrude into smooth reading. But his heart is generally in the right place and he does seem to have read everything in a vast number of fields. Surprised to find his popular culture references match mine and that he's the same age as me - thought him much younger. ( )
  vguy | Jun 15, 2015 |
Schama is one of our celebrities, respected both in academia and as a populariser of history and art in books, television and other media. This book consists 50 essays, articles and speeches from various sources published, with a handful of exceptions, between 2000 and 2009. The pieces are grouped under a number of themes covering traditional historical and art subjects through current affairs, views on life in America (where Schama lived) and cooking.

All are interesting and only a few have lost their relevance through their original publication as 'current' affairs (I am thinking here of the pieces on Bush and Obama, particularly). A few of the newspaper articles are too short to properly develop and discuss his ideas and themes. On the other hand, the longer pieces were written for specific academic symposia or for inclusion in art catalogues and assume a level of background knowledge sadly lacking in this reader. So, what is the purpose of this collection (forgetting the obvious opportunity to generate additional revenue with little effort by reusing the source material)? Schama is intelligent, erudite and rarely talks down to his audience. He often comes at his subject from unexpected angles, reveals new insights and relationships between facts and says what he thinks. He uses language with the same intelligence and unorthodox approach.

This does not make him an easy read, but always a worthwhile one. ( )
  pierthinker | Aug 26, 2014 |
Simon Schama's great range and lively writing style are on full display in this volume of his short essays, reviews, lectures, and more. From political screeds on elections in both the US and UK to ice cream recipes to a fantastic review of Robert Darnton's The Business of Enlightenment, there's a bit of everything here. And no matter whether you agree with him or not, Schama's wittiness makes his writing fun to read. Good for dipping in and out of at random, I found, but it could probably be read straight through just as easily. ( )
  JBD1 | Jun 28, 2014 |
A wonderful book, mind and wit. Our favorite Herr Doktor Professor gifts us anther view of what is in his heart and his mind, the self-proclaimed "Yid with an id" (Forward, p. xx) reveals not only himself but his urgent, desperate need to illuminate history, food (some great recipes)art, literature and what his Mum thinks too!

Having one watched him perform in his History of Britain for the BBC, and a lecture, I have the added pleasure of hearing his voice in my head as I read his 'voice' as a (great) author.

VERY thoroughly recommended - one of those books where you actually feel resentment that it comes to an end.
  John_Vaughan | May 26, 2014 |
Anal review: A collection of ridiculously robust essays by Simon Schama, that suffers for want of an editor.

Loopy Review: Ever so sadly, when I bought this book back in November, at Otto's Bookstore, "A Booklover's Paradise Since 1841," in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, I wish now that I had the foresight then to take a few token minutes and read Simon Schama's, the author, own introduction to this laboriously meandering and opulently excessive collection of previously published essays spanning the realms of travel, politics, art, food and various tertiary topics. In the previously mentioned introduction to “Scribble, scribble, scribble : writing on politics, ice cream, Churchill, and my mother” by Simon Schama, Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, the author whom is also known for his renown British Broadcasting Corporation production and accompanying book “Rough Crossings: Britain, the Slaves and the American Revolution” which delved deeply into the role that slaves owned by the rebelling Colonists played in the consuming war after John Murray, the 4th Earl of Dunmore, former, if ever so brief, Governor of the Province of New York and then disputed Governor of the Colony of Virginia, made his Offer of Emancipation in November of 1775 to any slave who would take up the Loyalist cause, following their prolonged plight from the founding of the "Ethiopian Regiment" to the final destination of some in in what was to become Sierra Leone, where he describes his writing style as caught between Anal and Loopy. The former being his desire for precise prose, while the latter is his all-consuming writing style that mirrors his personal handwritten script that is analogous to a wandering ant dragging a crippled leg across the page, which was ever so eloquently paraphrased by a former college girlfriend to be the result of Simon’s never meeting an adjective that he did not use.

It was a struggle to finish. A struggle best left abandoned for other titles. Life’s too short to read books that don’t blow your skirt up. ( )
  manatree | Jan 9, 2013 |
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In his essays on art history, Schama proves himself a superb critic and story­teller. He writes, as one would expect from the author of “Rembrandt’s Eyes,” with especial sensitivity on Dutch art, but he is also wonderful at conveying the artistry of a Rubens, Turner or Anselm Kiefer. All in all, we should be grateful Schama has chosen to be so inclusive. Readers whose tastes differ from this reviewer’s may find the food and travel essays delicious, while others will gobble up the political commentary and skim the writings on history and art. The point is, this robust, generous smorgasbord has pretty much something for every palate.
tilføjet af John_Vaughan | RedigerNY Times, Phillip Lopate (Jul 20, 2011)
 
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