Archive for the ‘Christmas’ Category
Some of us do not like carols. Take the Carol of the Bells, for instance, a repetitive, brain-numbing, annoying, nightmare-inducing piece if ever there was one.
But we like Christmas music, so, what to listen to?
These 4 selections will bring Christmas joy with a different twist, and better yet, you can get them on MP3 right now.
Selected by the WSJ’s editors:
By Kathleen Riley (Oxford)
Fred Astaire was our most elegant film star. But he danced in the shadow of a partner, his glamorous sister, Adele, until she retired from the stage in 1932 and he headed off to Hollywood. Kathleen Riley chronicles this sibling non- rivalry and gives us a broad portrait of a very American art form, the Broadway and Hollywood musical. “A salute to an America at ease with itself,” our reviewer called it. This is cultural biography at its best.
The Signal and the Noise
By Nate Silver (Penguin Press)
Numbers don’t, in fact, speak for themselves. Much has been made of Nate Silver’s electoral predictions. But his impressive book explores the principles of prognostication in fields from sports and politics to Wall Street and the weather. His “breezy style makes even the most difficult statistical material accessible,” our reviewer said, as Mr. Silver gently reveals how too often we color data with our hopes and biases.
All of them are available on Kindle, too.