Magazine article American Libraries

McFarland

Magazine article American Libraries

McFarland

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Your computer is dead, your neighbor is hunkering in a Y2K bunker, and pedants keep explaining why 2000 is not the start of a new millennium. If life is too crazy, just ask yourself that important question: What would Randolph Scott do?

Not sure? Then McFarland suggests you turn to the Last of the Cowboy Heroes: The Westerns of Randolph Scott, Joel McCrea, and Audie Murphy (2000, $32.50). Remind yourself how the idols of American youth faced the rigors and challenges of the Old West backlots.

Then again, when in doubt, those tall-in-the-saddle types could always consult the script and reshoot. For inspiration in improvisation, consider Radio Live! Television Live! Those Golden Days When Horses Were Coconuts (2000, $45). Author and broadcasting veteran Robert L. Mott, whose last book (Radio Sound Effects: Who Did It, and How, in the Era of Live Broadcasting, 1993, $39.95) was called "sound and scholarly ... a joy to read" by Choice, reveals important information gleaned in his long career -- including how a camel gets his revenge (on live TV) when left out in the cold. Now, that's real life.

In fact, this spring McFarland covers life in the performing arts from An Introduction (to World Cinema, 2000, $35) to a fare-thee-well (Hollywood Death and Scandal Sites, 2000, $35). …

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