Phong Bui at The Brooklyn Rail: Rail: Earlier you said you hoped a painting could be perceiving of perception, and observing observation. I wonder how the viewer, who is once removed, would be able to mediate the whole experience? Schnabel:...

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Schnabel-10Phong Bui at The Brooklyn Rail:

Rail: Earlier you said you hoped a painting could be perceiving of perception, and observing observation. I wonder how the viewer, who is once removed, would be able to mediate the whole experience?

Schnabel: Well, it means different things in different...

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The Secret History of Dune

 

PhpThumb_generated_thumbnail (1)Will Collins at the Los Angeles Review of Books:

Why is Blanch’s influence on Dune worth recognizing? Celebrating Blanch is not a means to discredit Herbert, whose imaginative novel transcends the sum of its influences. But Dune remains massively popular while The Sabres of Paradise...

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Gorbachev: His Life and Times

 

51F73o6tLYL._SX327_BO1 204 203 200_Robert Service at Literary Review:

It is one of the paradoxes of Soviet history that Mikhail Gorbachev, who did more than any other Kremlin leader to show his ‘personal’ side to a watching world, has eluded his biographers. Nobody before William Taubman has achieved an in-depth...

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The Jazz Pianist Vijay Iyer Played “Remembrance” for Us on 9/11

Kevin Berger in Nautilus:

When we visited Vijay Iyer three years ago, on Sept. 11, at his home in Harlem, the monthly Nautilus theme was Genius. The jazz pianist was glad to talk about the subject and play signature pieces by Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane for us. But the first thing...

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Wednesday Poem

Nostalgia for the present
.

I don’t know about the rest of you,
but I feel the cruelest
nostalgia -not for the past-
but nostalgia for the present.

A novice desires to approach the Lord
but is permitted to do so only by her Superior.
I beg to be joined, without...

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