Some Kind of a Man. "Orson Welles: The Stories of His Life" by Peter Conrad. [review]
One is struck often by the astuteness of Conrad’s insight and phrasing. His intellectual range and grasp, hurtling across millennia, continents and media, often amazes, even if it also sometimes wearies; and the strategy, the use of films et al. as fragments of autobiography, is demanding, as Conrad dips in and out of the Wellesian decades. There are no footnotes and, while it is flattering to be expected to know all that Conrad knows, there are times when I would have valued a gloss on some more than usually arcane reference.