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“A pas de deux is a dialogue of love. How can there be conversation if one partner is dumb?” — Rudolf Nureyev

Joan Acocella, dance critic for The New Yorker: Almost everyone who describes Nureyev eventually compares him to an animal. They bore you to death with this, but it was true. Rudolf Nureyev’s solo debut on American TV, 1963 All quotes … Continue reading

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Recommended: Biographies

For starters: My recommended Fiction books My recommended Non-Fiction books BIOGRAPHIES: American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson, by Joseph Ellis I’ve written a lot about Joseph Ellis’ work here. While I love David McCullough’s work so much, Ellis is … Continue reading

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Stuff I’ve Been Reading

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these. Here are some of the things I’ve read recently – or am in the process of reading. — I love Imogen Sara Smith’s writing, and I’m not just saying that … Continue reading

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2009 Books Read

A pathetic showing when you consider how much I normally read (2008, 2007, 2006, 2005), but whatever, I did what I could. I did not read a book, not one word, from about March to August. Or, that’s probably wrong … Continue reading

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Nureyev: A Portrait of the Artist

I finally finished Julie Kavanagh’s masterpiece of a biography. It only took me almost a year. Tremendous book. Not only eloquent on all of the events and characters in Nureyev’s life – but absolutely beautiful on Nureyev’s PROCESS, and who … Continue reading

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Nureyev and Gender

I still can’t really read, but here are some Nureyev images, since he’s been on my mind. I am halfway through the Nureyev book, and hopefully I’ll get to finish it some day. I love the androgyny of Nureyev in … Continue reading

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“We only lived when we danced.” – Rudolf Nureyev

“They seemed aware of each other even when their backs were turned. When their eye met, a message was passed.” — Alexander Bland on Rudolf Nureyev and Margot Fonteyn “To see Fonteyn was one thing. To see Nureyev was another … Continue reading

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Book Meme: Pick One

Hard to pick one answer for each. Got this from Ted. One book you’re currently reading: I am only reading one. I cannot read fiction right now. I can barely read, if you want to know the truth, but I … Continue reading

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“Even his walk made him different from everyone else.”

I’m reading Nureyev: The Life, by Julie Kavanagh right now, and it is superb!! I don’t know anything about ballet, and know very little about the ballet world itself – and while the bare bones of Nureyev’s story are familiar … Continue reading

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The Dancer Who Could Pause In Mid-Air:

Joan Acocella writes: Almost everyone who describes Nureyev eventually compares him to an animal. They bore you to death with this, but it was true. New biography of Rudolf Nureyev is out – and I must read it. All 700 … Continue reading

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