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The Fiddler in the Subway

The True Story of What Happened When A World-class Violinist Played for Handouts-- and Other Virtuoso Performances by America's Foremost Feature Writer
Weingarten, Gene (Book - 2010 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Fiddler in the Subway


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A collection of essays by the nationally syndicated humor columnist includes the Pulitzer Prize-winning piece, "Pearls Before Breakfast," about a social experiment for which unrecognized world-class violinist Joshua Bell performed in a Washington, D.C. subway station for spare change.
Authors: Weingarten, Gene
Title: The fiddler in the subway
the true story of what happened when a world-class violinist played for handouts-- and other virtuoso performances by America's foremost feature writer
Publisher: New York :, Simon & Schuster Paperbacks,, 2010
Edition: 1st Simon & Schuster trade pbk. ed
Characteristics: xvii, 361 p. :,ill. ;,22 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Gene Weingarten
Contents: The Great Zucchini
The first father
The ghost of the Hardy Boys
Roger and me
The armpit of America
My father's vision, part I
Snowbound
A wing and a prayer
Tears for Audrey
If you go chasing rabbits
Fear itself
Yankee Doodle Danny
Pardon my French
Doonesbury's war
You go, girl
None of the above
Fatal distraction
An honorable affair
My father's vision, part II
The fiddler in the subway
Summary: A collection of essays by the nationally syndicated humor columnist includes the Pulitzer Prize-winning piece, "Pearls Before Breakfast," about a social experiment for which unrecognized world-class violinist Joshua Bell performed in a Washington, D.C. subway station for spare change.
ISBN: 9781439181591
1439181594
Branch Call Number: 818.5407 W4238f 2010
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Report This Jan 29, 2013
  • Jennmro rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I really enjoyed the writing style in this book! Some really great stories, and some really disturbing ones with topics that were hard to read about, but overall, loved this book and would recommend.

Report This Jan 11, 2013
  • hiking1957 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I thought that I would end up skipping around but I didn't. I enjoyed this collection of essays. There were some that I didn't like much and some that were hard to read because of their subject manner but all in all I found this a very enjoyable book.

Report This Jan 02, 2013
  • hmcgivney rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I enjoyed most of these articles. Weingarten is a very lucid writer, and much of the time I was willing to follow where he wanted to take me. There were a few pieces that I thought were too long, or that didn't interest me very much, and one (about a small town in Alaska) that I didn't finish because it was too distressing and depressing. My favorites were the articles about the ghost-writer for the Hardy Boys mysteries, Bill Clinton's father, Weingarten's father and daughter, and about those who live with the terrorism in Jerusalem.

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Report This Mar 11, 2012
  • ndp21f rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

One biographically intriguing fact about Bell is that he got his first music lessons when he was a four-year-old in Bloomington, Indiana. His parents, both psychologists, decided formal training might be a good idea after they saw that their son had strung rubber bands across his dresser drawers and was replicating classical tunes by ear, plucking the strings and moving the drawers in and out to vary the pitch.

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