Short Takes: March 2010 | Books & Authors | Hudson Valley | Hudson Valley; Chronogram
Pin It
Favorite

Short Takes: March 2010 

short-takes--herb-trader_torsone.jpg

Chocolates and Confections at Home
Peter P. Greweling
Wiley, 2010, $34.95
Culinary Institute of America professor and Certified Master Baker Greweling takes home cooks through the intricacies of confectionery in this sumptuous book, full of mouthwatering photos and step-by-step instructions for making such delicacies as Green Tea Truffles, Firefudge, Tropical Marzipan Squares, and Divinity. Caution: Do not browse while hungry.

Paper Politics: Socially Engaged Printmaking Today
edited by Josh MacPhee
PM Press, 2009, $24.95
Prisons echo slave ships, an apartment building becomes a clenched fist, labeled body parts bleed on a table. Over 200 printmakers are featured in this eye-opening, mind-bending compendium of posters, street flyers, and politically charged works of hand-printed art. Contributing Hudson Valley artists include Sue Coe, Maureen Cummins, Josh Kramb, Nathen Meltz, and Sam Sebren.

Taekwondo: A Path to Excellence
Doug Cook
YMAA Publications, 2009, $14.95
Warwick-based Taekwondo Master Cook, who holds a Fifth Dan Black Belt and has authored two previous books, sets out the steps to “achieving physical and spiritual enrichment through disciplined practice.” Addressing the 21st-century practitioner of this traditional martial art, he offers a historical overview, inspirational guidance, and tales of his travels and training in Korea.

Rock & Roll Jihad: A Muslim Rock Star’s Revolution
Salman Ahmad, introduction by Melissa Etheridge
Free Press, 2010, $24.99
Growing up in Rockland County, New York and Lahore, Pakistan, Ahmad spread the gospel of rock and roll even under President Zia-ul-Haq’s fundamentalist dictatorship. In this impassioned memoir, “the Bono of Southeast Asia” details his evolution from rebel outsider to global citizen, fronting the bestselling band Junoon and traveling the world as a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador.

Herb Trader: A Tale of Treachery and
Espionage in the Global Marijuana Trade

A.R. Torsone
Woodstock Mountain Press, 2009, $18.95
An autobiographical saga of crime, punishment, and high-level government corruption that reads like a paranoid thriller (remember Midnight Express?). Jailed in Cambodia in 1998, Woodstock marijuana smuggler “Max” Torsone was clearly not meant to live to tell this tale of Caribbean luxury yachts, sinister twins, rigged elections, and bales of combustible cargo. Luckily, he beat the odds.

No Such Thing As Silence: John Cage’s 4’33”
Kyle Gann
Yale University Press, 2010, $24
Hate it or admire it, Cage’s four-and-a-half-minute noteless composition, which debuted at the Maverick Concert Hall in Woodstock in 1952, is the Duchamp’s-urinal moment of 20th-century music. Bard professor Gann explains the context of Cage’s breaking down of the art/nonart barrier, suggesting influences as diverse as the Hudson River School of painting, zen, and Meister Eckhart.

Pin It
Favorite

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Hudson Valley Events

submit event
Leave an Impression @ Hudson Valley MOCA

Leave an Impression

Wed., April 24, 6-8 p.m. — Join us for the opening of Leave an Impression, artworks made in...
General Reading Book Group @ Hudson Area Library

General Reading Book Group

Wed., April 24, 5-6 p.m., Wed., May 29, 5-6 p.m. and Wed., June 26, 5-6 p.m. — Our General Reading Book Group meets Wednesdays 5-6pm and is reading The...

View all of today's events

Chronogram on Instagram

Latest in Arts & Culture

  • Five Fantastic Hudson Valley Events for Your Calendar
  • Five Fantastic Hudson Valley Events for Your Calendar

    From world-class live music to a woodworker’s dream sale and Hudson’s hippest reading series, it’s all here, waiting for you.
    • Apr 17, 2019
  • AMR Spring Art Show at the Commons Building
  • AMR Spring Art Show at the Commons Building

    The Spring Show hosted by the AMR Artists, which opens on April 19 at Upstairs at the Commons gallery in Margaretville and remains on view through May 13, will include works by 20 participants working in different disciplines: painting, monotypes, photography, tapestry, installation, and even jewelry.
    • Apr 11, 2019
  • Turkuaz & Brass Against Play BSP Kingston on April 19
  • Turkuaz & Brass Against Play BSP Kingston on April 19

    Radio Woodstock and BSP Kingston have teamed up to bring something very funky to Uptown Kingston this Spring. On Friday, April 19, the nine-piece power-funk ensemble Turkuaz takes their rainbow-themed, dance-heavy show to BSP Kingston’s historic back room theater.
    • Apr 10, 2019
  • More »