Friday, December 26, 2014 Tevet 4, 5775
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SPEAKING VOLUMES It was said of Agnes Lewis, the self-taught Scottish scholar of Middle Eastern languages and cultures, and her equally learned twin sister, Margaret Gibson, that they hurried down a street or hallway "like ships in full sail." They looked much alike -- same rounded frame, thick lips, hawkish eyes. Both, it is said, were vain about their "dainty...
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Freud said you need both, and Anne Roiphe discovered it was so
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SPEAKING VOLUMES I don't think I've ever read a memoir by a living writer that includes a preface by the author's child. This seems like a device from another century, affixed to manuscripts found after death. But such is the case with the very alive Anne Roiphe's newest book Art and Madness: A Memoir of Lust Without Reason , published...
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A tribute to 40 years of artistry at the Met
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SPEAKING VOLUMES The Hal Leonard Corporation, which is known for making lovely books about musical matters and releasing them under its various imprints, has outdone itself with its salute to James Levine's 40th anniversary at the Metropolitan Opera. (In this case, the imprint is Amadeus Press and the book is, not surprisingly, titled James Levine: 40 Years at the Metropolitan...
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Early paintings by Eva Hesse chart a difficult period in her brief life
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SPEAKING VOLUMES It seems that every season or so, a new book appears about the great artist Eva Hesse, and with each volume, we learn something new about her and her artistic output. Many of these books have been produced by the inestimable Yale University Press, which would have pleased the late artist since the publishing company's standards, especially when...
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A researcher looks at how technology is transforming our sense of self
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SPEAKING VOLUMES Thirty years ago, author Sherry Turkle joined the MIT faculty to study computer culture. A psychoanalytically trained psychologist, she wanted to explore how machines were affecting our sense of self. Back then, she explains in her new book, Alone Together , the world still retained "a certain innocence" in the realm of computing and interactivity. Children's electronic toys...
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