Jim Steinmeyer's New Book on Charles Fort Reviewed in Time Magazine

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Jim Steinmeyer's New Book on Charles Fort Reviewed in Time Magazine

Postby Richard Kaufman » August 13th, 2008, 11:27 pm

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Re: Jim Steinmeyer's New Book on Charles Fort Reviewed in Time Magazine

Postby ChristianCagigal » August 15th, 2008, 5:28 pm

Sadly that wasn't much of a review as it was a 4 paragraph rehashing. The book deserves far more than that. I'm still in the middle of reading right now, a busy life as gotten in the way of completing the last 100 pages or so.

I've only read Jim's Hiding the Elephant and loved that book, not just as a magician but as "an average" reader wanting to be engaged and fascinated by what I read. It was GREAT!

I'm really enjoying the Fort bio, and I am not one who enjoy's bio's very much. Too much info that grazes the surfaces in an attempt to understand the person. Bio's usually leave me unfullfiled rather quickly.

I have not experienced that feeling with this book, so far.

The book has one major virture that is also my only gripe.
The author continuously references and quotes Fort's unpublished and sometimes exhausting autobiography.

Fort had a funny way and rythm of writing especially in how he referenced the members of his family. That alone takes a moment to "get into" shall we say. But, then the author jumps back and forth a lot between his own narrative and Forts narrative. This is such a wonderful fountain for the author to drink from but he keeps giving us new glasses of it and after a while I get tired drinking from 2 different glasses the whole time. Ok that was a weird way to put it but you get the idea...I hope.

My eyes and brain get pooped and I have to put the book down for a while.

But apart from that I'm lovin'it and hope to finish it soon.

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Re: Jim Steinmeyer's New Book on Charles Fort Reviewed in Time Magazine

Postby conjuringbooks » August 16th, 2008, 10:09 pm

I hear rumours his next book will be on the life of Thurston. If true, it should be an exciting one. The plastic surgery, the wives, the patents...I can't wait.

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Re: Jim Steinmeyer's New Book on Charles Fort Reviewed in Time Magazine

Postby Ray T. Stott » August 17th, 2008, 12:27 am

hypec wrote:I hear rumours his next book will be on the life of Thurston. If true, it should be an exciting one. The plastic surgery, the wives, the patents...I can't wait.


The real scorcher will be the disclosure of his auto-erotic fantasies about Balaam's donkey - hot stuff! :blush:
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Re: Jim Steinmeyer's New Book on Charles Fort Reviewed in Time Magazine

Postby Richard Kaufman » August 17th, 2008, 12:56 am

Not a rumor: Jim's next book will indeed be on the life of Howard Thurston. Surprises aplenty!
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Re: Jim Steinmeyer's New Book on Charles Fort Reviewed in Time Magazine

Postby Michel Andenmatten » August 17th, 2008, 9:31 am

I could not locate an electronic reference to the Taschen book mentioned in Mr. Steinmeyer's Genii editorial. Would anyone know how to pre-order?

Thanks,

Michel


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