28 Artists & 2 Saints by Joan Acocella

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Here is a dazzling collection from Joan Acocella, one of our most admired cultural critics: thirty-one essays that consider the life and work of some of the most influential artists of our time (and two saints: Joan of Arc and Mary Magdalene). Acocella writes about Primo Levi, Holocaust survivor and chemist, who wrote the classic memoir, Survival in Auschwitz; M.F.K. Fisher who, numb with grief over her husband’s suicide, dictated the witty and classic How to Cook a Wolf; and many other subjects, including Dorothy Parker, Mikhail Baryshnikov, and Saul Bellow. Twenty-Eight Artists and Two Saints is indispensable reading on the making of art—and the courage, perseverance, and, sometimes, dumb luck that it requires.

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About Joan Acocella

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Joan Acocella is a staff writer for The New Yorker, where she covers dance and books. She has also written for The New York Review of Books and The Wall Street Journal. She is the author of the critical biography Mark Morris; Creating Hysteria: Women and Multiple Personality Disorder; and Willa Cather and the Politics of Criticism. She edited the unexpurgated Diary of Vaslav Nijinsky and, with Lynn Garafola, André Levinson on Dance. Acocella was a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship. She lives in New York.
Published February 12, 2008 by Vintage. 560 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Self Help, Literature & Fiction, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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It’s the rare poet who can slip nimbly from Lacanian fable to slang and cheerfully explain away infidelity as a case of mistaken identity: “Neither for revenge / nor for lack of love, but because love deep as this sees the beloved / wherever it looks.” ♦.

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