Wednesday, September 17, 2014 Elul 22, 5774
Known for her novels, it's her essays that really resonate
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In 1989, in the preface to her second collection of essays, Metaphor & Memory , Cynthia Ozick stated that "a fiction writer who also writes essays is looking for trouble." What she meant is that the essays will likely be scoured by critics for certain "clues" that will then be used as evidence for or against the fiction. I understand...
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An anthology celebrates film criticism as a legitimate form of literary expression
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In October 1944, the poet W.H. Auden wrote a fan letter to writer James Agee, sent via The Nation magazine where Agee was a regular contributor. Dear Sirs: I do not care for movies very much and I rarely see them; further, I am suspicious of criticism as the literary genre which, more than any other, recruits epigones, pedants without...
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The first edition of Photos That Changed the World appeared in 2000, one of various volumes put out by the great art and photography publisher Prestel to commemorate both the accomplishments and tragedies of the 20th century, in this instance as they were captured in still photography. There's a new edition of the work out this year, and the only...
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Excess cuts short a flourishing artistic life
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That fabled slice of Paris known as Montparnasse, where art and bohemianism flourished in the early years of the 20th century, was often called a "little international republic," and an "artistic Babel." These descriptive terms referred to the presence of a precocious, talented and highly ambitious band of foreign painters who made the neighborhood their artistic home in the first,...
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I am a deep and abiding fan of Stanley Kubrick's films -- at least the early ones, before the bloat of "2001: A Space Odyssey" sent his career on a different trajectory altogether. And like most fans, I'm well aware, even when it comes to the films I hold less dear, that they're filled with striking images. You can begin...
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