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Oh What a Paradise It Seems

Posted by the editors on Thursday, 3 November 2011


Oh What a Paradise It Seems (Novel) (1982) by John Cheever (The Wapshot Chronicle (1957), Bullet Park (1969, Falconer (1977), The Stories of John Cheever  (1978))   This slim novel, more of a novella, in fact, and the Pulitzer Prize-winning John Cheever‘s last work, though published nearly 30 years ago, deals with many themes unfortunately very much of today:  Pollution, forced migration, terrorism, corruption, old age, and, above all, a rootlessness tinged with an almost genetic memory of  “how it used to be”, almost “Walden Pond-esque”, marching to a different drummer, all with a contemporary sense of ambiguity.  Oh What a Paradise It Seems is not perfect; it is even, at times, a bit fragmented, but Cheever’s sense of word and phrase, of tenderness and irony, makes it a novel that one simply must read. (PR) “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practise resignation, unless it was quite necessary. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life..”  (Henry David ThoreauWalden (originally published as “Walden; or, Life in the Woods”), (1854))

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Anish Kapoor – Leviathan at Monumenta – Photos & Video

Posted by the editors on Saturday, 14 May 2011

Leviathan (2011) by Anish Kapoor

Anish Kapoor’s truly monumental installation Leviathan, currently at Monumenta at the Grand Palais in Paris, is shown in all its beauty (well, perhaps not all) in a post published by the great design blog Designboom, entitled, in Designboom’s own pithy manner, “anish kapoor: monumenta 2011 – leviathan“.  A true feast for the eyes, with absolutely wonderful photos, and fascinating comments by Kapoor himself, in video, below.  All thanks to Designboom.  Bravo and merci!!

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See our previous posts on Anish Kapoor, here.

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When Art & Energy were Dancing on the Rooftops in New York – Laurie Anderson, Gordon Matta-Clark & Trisha Brown

Posted by the editors on Friday, 29 April 2011

Trisha Brown’s “Roof Piece,” (1973), depicting dancers on adjacent rooftops

Michael Kimmelman has written “When Art and Energy Were SoHo Neighbors” in the Art & Design section of The New York Times, which looks at New York’s Soho, in the 1970s, with its extraordinary, vibrant artistic energy, and some of the truly inspired “lean times” work of the choreographer Trisha Brown, the artist Gordon Matta-Clark, and the performance artist Laurie Anderson and includes some wonderful photos as well as a brief, but poignant interview with Anderson.  All this in the context of the show at the Barbican Art Gallery entitled “Laurie Anderson, Trisha Brown, Gordon Matta-Clark – Pioneers of the Downtown Scene New York 1970s” (through 22 May 2011) which includes sculptures, drawings, photographs, documentation of performances and mixed media works, and which The Guardian has called simply a “brilliant exhibition”.

Here’s what the Barbican has to say about the exhibition:

Performance artist and musician Laurie Anderson, choreographer Trisha Brown and artist Gordon Matta-Clark were friends and active participants in the New York art community, working fluidly between visual art and performance.

With the city as their backdrop, canvas, stage and inspiration, this exhibition is the first major presentation to examine the experimental and often daring approaches taken by these three key figures, both individually and collectively, in the burgeoning arts scene in downtown New York during the 1970s.

New York City provided a powerful context for the work of Anderson, Brown and Matta-Clark. On the verge of bankruptcy in the 1970s, the disappearance of manufacturing and other major industries and the withdrawal of public services were turning the city into a centre of widespread unemployment and lawlessness. Artists responded by taking over derelict spaces to make and exhibit their work, by using the city itself as the medium or setting for their work, by creating opportunities to engage directly with the public out of doors and by building a vibrant arts community.

Gordon Matta-Clark, Open House, 1972

Kimmelman offers some perceptive observations regarding the art scene, then and now, including an astute, if sadly true, comparison of the 70s New York downtown art scene and the current “art scene” style of contemporary Berlin.  Economics, certainly; motivation, aspiration, inspiration, even more so…

 images: top, Babette Mangolte/The New York Times; bottom, courtesy Jane Crawford. © Estate of Cosmos Andress Sarchiapone. © 2010 Estate of Gordon Matta- Clark/ Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, DACS London

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The Discomfort Zone, by Jonathan Franzen

Posted by the editors on Tuesday, 26 April 2011

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The Discomfort Zone, by Jonathan Franzen

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The Discomfort Zone (2006) (Memoir) by Jonathan Franzen (The Corrections (2001), How to Be Alone (2002), Freedom (2010))  A wonderful book, thoughtful, perceptive and funny, looking at the individual and American society in the 1960s and 1970s.  Interested in bird-watching?? (PR)

In February 2010, Franzen (along with writers including Richard Ford, Zadie Smith (see our previous posts on Zadie Smith, here) and Anne Enright) was asked by The Guardian to contribute what he believed were ten serious rules to abide by for aspiring writers.  Franzen’s rules ran as follows:

  1. The reader is a friend, not an adversary, not a spectator.
  2. Fiction that isn’t an author’s personal adventure into the frightening or the unknown isn’t worth writing for anything but money.
  3. Never use the word “then” as a ­conjunction– we have “and” for this purpose. Substituting “then” is the lazy or tone-deaf writer’s non-solution to the problem of too many “ands” on the page.
  4. Write in the third person unless a ­really distinctive first-person voice ­offers itself irresistibly.
  5. When information becomes free and universally accessible, voluminous research for a novel is devalued along with it.
  6. The most purely autobiographical ­fiction requires pure invention. Nobody ever wrote a more auto­biographical story than “The Metamorphosis“.
  7. You see more sitting still than chasing after.
  8. It’s doubtful that anyone with an internet connection at his workplace is writing good fiction (the TIME magazine cover story detailed how Franzen physically disables the Net portal on his writing laptop).
  9. Interesting verbs are seldom very interesting.
  10. You have to love before you can be relentless.

Note:  Today, 26 April 2011, is the 226th anniversary of the birth of John James Audubon.  Here’s a link to the Wikipedia entry for the Audubon Society, a non-profit organisation created in 1905 whose purpose and focus is the conservation of birds, other wildlife and healthy ecosystems.

 

 Plate 41 of Birds of America by John James Audubon depicting Ruffed Grouse

 

 

 

 

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