Dice: Deception, Fate & Rotton Luck
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BeschreibungJay rolls the history of dice in this entertaining and informative volume that takes readers from the earliest forms made from animal hooves, to those made from ivory, celluloid, and plastic. He also charts the infamous players of history, accompanied by Purcell's seductive photos. 13 photos.
PortraitRicky Jay is one of the world's great sleight-of-hand artists and an expert on the world of fantastic entertainment. His award-winning one-man shows were directed by David Mamet, in whose many films Mr. Jay has appeared. He is author of New York Times Notable Books Learned Pigs & Fireproof Women, Jay's Journal of Anomalies, Extraordinary Exhibitions, and Dice: Deception, Fate & Rotten Luck with Rosamond Purcell. He lives in Los Angeles. Rosamond Purcell is the author of Bookworm and Owls Head. She lives in Medford, Massachusetts.
Pressestimmen"Jay's writing is exactly what one would expect from the extremely erudite, witty and decent author of Learned Pigs & Fireproof Women and Jay's Journal of Anomalies. There is an explanation of the etymology of "craps, " and there are various tales of armless dicers, ingenious hustlers, and Scandinavian kings of the Middle Ages who diced for islands. Dice turn out to be rich subjects for Purcell's photography. She presents them as, in a way, monumental ruins on a Stonehenge-type of scale relative to the book. Their forms are enriched by their disintegration and are bathed in light that their varying translucence seems to contain for a moment before releasing it to the lens ... The book itself is, like a die, a modest object, small for a book of photography and, with a short text, casually organized."
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: QUANTUCK LANE PR
Erscheinungsdatum: November 2002
Seitenanzahl: 63 Seiten
Übersetzer/Sprecher: Fotos von Rosamond Wolff Purcell