tonyw wrote:I'm absolutely amazed at this statement in the last sentence especially from somebody working in a library. Does that mean that one should not make the effort to readin close detail everything about a subject one issupposedly interested in due to an impression concerning "what their points are"! Bret Wood engaged in detailed research when he wrote his bio-bibliography.
Research into the significance of Orson Welles can not be confined to a "Cliff Notes" approach.
Whoa, calm down my friend. This is my personal opinion, which everyone is entitled to. I have a very limited time to read books for pleasure, only during the summer. I have full time work and full time college here in about a month, only full time work right now. I have read 3 O.W. biographies this summer, including other books about his movies and other works, and I'm trying to read to what the very knowledgeable people here on this forum say are good and fair representations of the subject that I am interested in since I don't have time to read 15-20+ books currently. I'm not however interested in the rehashing and elongating of the general public perceptions of Orson--I'm well aware of that crap. Which means that books like Road to Xanadu (which quite a few members here say is overly critical and factually incorrect in many places) are not on the top of my list. I'm sure I'll get to many more bios eventually, but this summer? No. Can't read 'em all--have to prioritize. In addition, I have neither the time nor interest in reading B.S. I don't care if it concerns a subject I'm interested in or not. Why would you want to "readin [sic] close detail" details which are incorrect? I've only been a fan of Orson for about 3 years, seriously for a little over a year, and thanks to this great place and many literary sources, I'm learning just a few more details than contained in those little yellow books used for cheating. I wouldn't be much of an Orson fan if I wanted to cheat myself out of (accurate) information about him would I? I also enjoyed the Lemming Bio, however I tend to lean towards a book such as Citizen Welles as more fair and accurate, and again, my opinion is that the Lemming book is one that is both interesting and worth reading--as I have said since my first post about it. I just feel that more than anything she wanted to make sure that Orson would approve of the book. I can't recall more than one or two occasions in the entire book that she claims Orson actually made a mistake. She even states in the book on more than one occasion that she knew that he was charming her as he did his actors, and that it was working too. So, that to me is one extreme, the other being the general public opinion of Orson. Not written in stone, just my opinion. Sorry you don't agree, but there is no reason for you to insult me as a Librarian or a student (i.e. still learning) of Orson Welles simply because of that. I have no idea about the Wood book--that's why I was asking about it a few posts ago. I have posted no opinion about it—just testing the waters as, once again, I don’t currently have time and will never have interest in reading garbage.