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2013 Books Read

It’s been a hell of a year. Devastating as well as redemptive. I started it out in Memphis, and end it here in New Jersey. And now my new niece Pearl has arrived! It’s been both a busy year as … Continue reading

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The Books: Twenty-Eight Artists and Two Saints, ‘Perfectly Frank’, by Joan Acocella

On the essays shelf: Twenty-eight Artists and Two Saints: Essays by Joan Acocella. Unlike a lot of poets, I feel that I know everything I need to know about Frank O’Hara by reading his work. He emerges, there, on the … Continue reading

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The Books: Twenty-Eight Artist and Two Saints, ‘Finding Augie March’, by Joan Acocella

On the essays shelf: Twenty-eight Artists and Two Saints: Essays by Joan Acocella. I have some huge gaps in my reading history – and one of them is mid-late 20th century American authors. I have read Joseph Heller, J.D. Salinger, … Continue reading

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The Books: Twenty-Eight Artists and Two Saints, ‘Feasting on Life’, by Joan Acocella

On the essays shelf: Twenty-eight Artists and Two Saints: Essays by Joan Acocella. I’m not that much of a foodie, and so I am not familiar with M.F.K. Fisher’s food writing, although everything I have heard makes me want to … Continue reading

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The Books: Twenty-Eight Artists and Two Saints, ‘After the Laughs’, by Joan Acocella

On the essays shelf: Twenty-eight Artists and Two Saints: Essays by Joan Acocella. Known for her wit, one-liners, and caustic attitude, Dorothy Parker is one of those rare writers who didn’t write all that much during her lifetime (her last … Continue reading

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The Books: Twenty-Eight Artists and Two Saints, ‘On the Contrary’, by Joan Acocella

On the essays shelf: Twenty-eight Artists and Two Saints: Essays by Joan Acocella. Oh, Mencken. Along with Alexander Hamilton, I have been known to refer to him as “my dead boyfriend”. I have not read all of his stuff (that … Continue reading

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The Books: Twenty-Eight Artists and Two Saints, ‘Dancing and the Dark’, by Joan Acocella

On the essays shelf: Twenty-eight Artists and Two Saints: Essays by Joan Acocella. I am not a dancer but I recognize Bob Fosse’s choregraphy when I see it. It is instantly identifiable. He has a personal stamp, more so than … Continue reading

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The Books: Twenty-Eight Artists and Two Saints, ‘The Flame’, by Joan Acocella

On the essays shelf: Twenty-eight Artists and Two Saints: Essays by Joan Acocella. Acocella’s 2002 essay ‘The Flame’, about modern dance pioneer Martha Graham, is both a profile of the artist (who was dead at the time of the writing), … Continue reading

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The Books: Twenty-Eight Artists and Two Saints, ‘The Soloist’, by Joan Acocella

On the essays shelf: Twenty-eight Artists and Two Saints: Essays by Joan Acocella. One of Acocella’s most famous essays (it has been anthologized elsewhere), is her giant profile of Mikhail Baryshnikov, done for The New Yorker in 1998. It may … Continue reading

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The Books: Twenty-Eight Artists and Two Saints, ‘Second Act’, by Joan Acocella

On the essays shelf: Twenty-eight Artists and Two Saints: Essays by Joan Acocella. Her essay, ‘Second Act’, on American ballerina Suzanne Farrell, is one of the giant in-depth profiles that The New Yorker sometimes features. Suzanne Farrell’s heyday at New … Continue reading

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