Frieda! Sidelines buyer and book cover fanatic since 2009.
To me, Franzen has always been a fluid read. No showboating. No fancy lingo. He just gets to the story without being pedantic. The Crossroads faith-full family is experiencing, and reminiscing about, the mosaic of growing up. The adults—the father is a pastor, the mother is a mom—”sin,” and then “redeem” themselves, only to “sin” again. The sons and daughter do the same within a winter season in ’70s Chicago. No Bible thumping or preaching. This is a complicated family’s story and a good read.
The History of Bones caught my eye because John Lurie was a teensy weensy part of my cinema and music development. While I hated Stranger Than Paradise the first time I saw it, I caught on by the second time and loved it! Down by Law? Loved it! John’s book is like a non-sequitur-laden diary. Back and forth through time, sharing his life as a musician and actor living in the Lower East Side and everywhere else. I enjoyed imagining the streets where I lived, in Alphabet City, were the same ones where Lurie lurked several years before me.
One thing, among innumerable things, that artists may not tell you is they need encouragement 24–7. Well, I do. Make Your Art … provides ideas and methods you can use to encourage yourself 24–7.
Never thought about the "counter culture" decked out, festooned, with jewelry that made a statement. I love this book. I've made jewelry and art. My paintings, on angry days, are political. I copied Artemesia Gentilleschi
I love reading about artists. Ninth Street Women is amazing. Helen Frankenthaler was one of these artists. I'm not a fan of her work being referred to as "feminine". She was an Abstract Expressionist with a vagina.
This book spells out what a f'd up country we are and how the entitled, even if they're not rich, will vote against their own best interest. As long as the people they don't approve of aren't getting fair treatment they're happy to shoot themselves in the foot. Facinating read!
This book is an epic read rivaling my dreams. It's surreal, cultish, Tim Burton's Big Fish mixed with Arkham Assylum mixed with a Mark Ryden painting. It is highly readable, not abstract or high falutin. Fun!
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