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The 1895 psycho-thriller “The King in Yellow,” by Robert Chambers, is making a comeback. Climbing to #7 on Amazon’s list last week, the book seems to have struck a chord with young people, but not the book selling elites. None of the vendors at the recent Greenwich Village Antiquarian Book Fair had a copy for sale. Most hadn’t even heard of the work. One reason might be that “The King in Yellow” offers a prophetic glimpse of the “Imperial Dynasty of America” — one that delights young people but makes their elders nervous.
In the city of New York the summer of 1899 was signalized by the dismantling of the Elevated Railroads. The summer of 1900 will live in the memories of New York people for many a cycle; the Dodge Statue was removed in that year. In the following winter began that agitation for the repeal of the laws prohibiting suicide which bore its final fruit in the month of April, 1920, when the first Government Lethal Chamber was opened on Washington Square.
“Ah! I see it now!” I shrieked. “You have seized the throne and the empire. Woe! woe to you who are crowned by the crown of the King in Yellow!” The King in Yellow (F. Tennyson Neely, 1895)
LE Observation: The immorality of Nixon/Kissinger realpolitik in 1971, vis-a-vis Pakistan and Bangladesh, is being invoked by ‘human rights’ activists — intent on justifying immoral interventions in places like Libya, Egypt and Syria, as they ‘attempt to bring about a new world from deliberately created chaos.’
Bolshevism (anarchy from the top) is being repackaged as ‘humanitarian intervention.’ The Obama administration is murdering the state of Syria by encouraging and supporting the terrorist forces seeking to remove President Bashar al-Asaad. Messrs. Kissinger and Obama are no better than Charles Taylor — all of whom should be at the Hague, along with both Bushes and Cheney.
Attending Book Expo America in recent years — one couldn’t help but feel a sense of emptiness, even nothingness, as American society disintegrates under a torrent of egos and algos. That said there were signs of life this year especially from some self-published authors we met, including Gary Heyward author of Corruption Officer: Perp With a Badge.
- Hybrid Authors (traditional and self-published) are doing the best.
- Digital Sales have leveled off.
- Publishers are going all out with data-mining, algorithms and social media to push their books.
- Buzzwords: ‘magic,’ ‘revenge’ and ‘doomed.’
Top: Rafael Tovar y de Teresa, Director of CONACULTA; Carlos M. Sada, Consul General of Mexico in New York
Bottom: Felipe Ehrenberg, artist; Mauricio Marcin, curator
Photographs: Stephen Wise
Goodreads, recently acquired by Amazon.com, helps people find books and “bond through sharing magical experiences,” according to Mr. Chandler.
Messrs. Stone and Gladwell both have books coming in October 2013 — The Everything Store and David and Goliath, respectively.
When asked if he planned to get on Twitter to promote his next book, Gladwell replied: “The more of me the better, who says that’s true?”
Photographs: Stephen Wise
Tomas Halik (right), author of Patience With God, spoke this evening at the Czech Center in Manhattan. Fr. Halik worked as a psychotherapist during the Communist regime in Czechoslovakia and at the same time was secretly ordained as a Catholic priest and active in the underground church. In his book Night Of The Confessor (Image Books 2012), Fr. Halik writes: “I would like to share how the present period — this world and its extrinsic and intrinsic aspects — is viewed by someone who is accustomed to listening to others as they acknowledge their faults and shortcomings, as they confide their conflicts, weaknesses and doubts, but also their longing for forgiveness, reconciliation, and inner healing — for a fresh start.”
Photograph: Stephen Wise
Robert Motherwell (1915-1991) was one of the preeminent Abstract Expressionists and a spokesperson for that generation of artists. A 3-volume set dedicated to Motherwell’s life and work has been published by Yale University Press. It is described as the “definitive resource on Robert Motherwell’s paintings and collages, featuring previously unpublished materials and documentation of nearly 3,000 works.”
In 1948 a group of Abstract Expressionists founded a school they called ‘The Subjects of the Artist’. According to Motherwell, the name “was meant to emphasize that our painting was not abstract, that it was full of subject matter.”
“I think that abstract art is uniquely modern — not in the sense that word is sometimes used, to mean that our art has “progressed” over the art of the passed; though abstract art may indeed represent an emergent level of evolution — but in the sense that abstract art represents the particular acceptances and rejections of men living under the conditions of modern times.” RM