November 14, 2012I read "Moments Captured" with enormous pleasure. It is beautifully written from the first page forward. The “Flying Studio” is especially well-done. I loved the way you handled the tensions between technology and commerce—whether with Muybridge, Stanford, Edison, etc.—throughout the text. Your research and mastery of technical issues of photography, painting, engraving, railroad construction, and even capital punishment was also very impressive. I would have enjoyed seeing accompanying photographs—perhaps they will appear in another edition or sequel one day? But, of course, without them, the reader is forced to exercise much imagination.
The expanse and variety of subjects is matched by a magnificent geographical reach. The book moves from West to East to East to West, even touching on China. It was also a vocabulary lesson for me—sibilant, ectomorphic, and kouroi. By the way, the book jacket gives a pretty accurate description of the novel.
Congratulations on a great achievement. The book deserves to have much success.
Michael Seidman, Professor of History, University of North Carolina, Wilmington.