From a cuneiform tablet to a Chicago prison, from the depths of the cosmos to the text on our T-shirts, Lawrence Weschler finds strange connections wherever he looks. The farther (and further) one travels (through geography, through art, through science, through time), the more everything seems to converge -- at least, it does through Weschler's ...
From a cuneiform tablet to a Chicago prison, from the depths of the cosmos to the text on our T-shirts, Lawrence Weschler finds strange connections wherever he looks. The farther (and further) one travels (through geography, through art, through science, through time), the more everything seems to converge -- at least, it does through Weschler's giddy, brilliant eyes. Weschler combines his keen insights into art (both contemporary and Renaissance), his years of experience as a chronicler of the fall of Communism, and his triumphs and failures as the father of a teenage girl into a series of articles -- complemented by color photos and illustrations throughout -- that are sure to illuminuate, educate, and astound.
Very Good. Collectible. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. 232 pp., illus. (some col. ); 24 cm. Near fine. Firm binding, clean inside copy. Light edgewear to wraps. OVERSIZE! No priority/international, except by special arrangement. CONTENTS: Introduction; EXEMPLARY INSTANCES: Echoes at Ground Zero; The view from the prow of the Getty; Cuneiform Chicago; Helen Levitt: Ilium of the Bowery; Ziggurats of perception; Expressions of an absolute; Gazing out towards; Magritte standard time; WOMEN'S BODIES: Found triptych; Girls in their turning; Languorous landscapes; Face as torso, torso as face; Fathers and daughters; The darling little being; Images without texts; POLITICAL OCCASIONS: The graphics of solidarity; The contras and the Battle of Algiers; How suddenly it can all just end; Modern times; Allegories of Eastern Europe; Loving or leaving Bosnia; Pillsbury doughboy messiahs; A field of blackbirds; Life against death; Mona Lewinsky; Those wacky Htoo twins; Thumb in the eye; TREES, NEURONS, NETWORKS: Trees and eyeballs; Branching out yet further; Compounding unscientific postscript; CODA/CREDO: We join spokes together in a wheel.
Very Good. No Jacket. Inscribed by Author(s) 1st Printing. 8vo-over 7¾-9¾" tall. pp. 232. Inscribed by the author on the title page: "Everything Right Now. This Minute! With brimming admiration for Robert Edsal, " Lawrence Weschler. 2006. Blue cover boards with silver gilt lettering and photograph illustrations are clean with some shelf wear especially at corners. Some darkening to edge of text block. Interior pages are clean and unmarked. Binding is solid. As issued without a dust jacket.
Fine. No DJ as Issued. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" Square. Signed by Author Navy blue cloth boards with pictorial paste-on wraparound. Illus. in color and B&W. Signed by Weschler on title page with "Surprise Delight" and "2006", plus profile sketch of a man. 237 pp.
Publishers Weekly, 2005-11-28 From the general mass of heavy-handed, pompous writing about art, Weschler's graceful collection of essays and interviews stands out like a rare bloom. Charming, idiosyncratic and deeply intelligent, the book will likely captivate even readers who usually bypass the art history section of bookstores. The topic at hand is convergence: the visual rhyme between seemingly disparate images, and the way those rhymes stimulate new understanding of the scenes depicted. Take for example, Weschler's talk with photographer Joel Meyerowitz, in which they discuss the similarity between the latter's photo of firemen on a break at ground zero and an anonymous shot of Union soldiers during the Civil War. Looking at the two images, Meyerowitz recalls, "I had the same sense of history repeating itself, people assembled after carnage or destruction or before battle, and they're dispersed in a way that is casual, from fatigue or just..." Elsewhere, Weschler (Mr. Wilson's Cabinet of Wonder) examines Polish history through the posters of its Solidarity Movement and compares the doughy physiognomies and political careers of two conservative leaders: Newt Gingrich and Slobodan Milosevic. It's his light touch that allows Weschler to get away with such parallels; he never pushes a point too far. All he does is articulate his own evocative visual and philosophical connections; we can make of them what we will. Color photos. (Feb.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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