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Anthology: Ten Years of TQ – Books, Jim Houghton & Melanie Wudl

There have been many a writer from TQ who have been involved in the exploration of reading and the testaments thereof, but I wanted to focus on two of the more prolific pen persons, Jim Houghton and Melanie Wudl. While Jim has set his mind to historical essays ranging from Rock&Roll memoirs to investigations surrounding financial conspiracies, Melanie's focus has been more personal, individualizing investigations. But there are more to all the Books included in these Ten Years of TQ. So please take your time to explore all the authors featured such as Errol Morris, Stephen Batchelor and Claire Messud. On the Road with Reason The Swerve, by Stephen Goldblatt (Norton, 2011), Betraying Spinoza: The Renegade Jew Who Gave Us Modernity, … [Read more...]

Bad Boys and Good Girls

The Artist's Life — Two provocative books about individual artist's lives came out early this year —Bad Boy-My Life On and Off the Canvas (Crown Publishers, 2013) an autobiography of painter Eric Fischl written with Michael Stone, and The Woman Upstairs, (Alfred A. Knopf, 2013), a novel by author Claire Messud. Since I read them in sequence, the question arose as to how one book based on facts, and another a work of fiction frames the experience of the contemporary artist. Fischl, an ultra successful painter in the mid-1980's opens his autobiographical account with a coke and alcohol fueled traffic incident in New York after the opening of his retrospective at the Whitney to commemorate five years of unrelenting good fortune, … [Read more...]