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MarvinRand-CaliforniaCaptured1MarvinRand-CaliforniaCaptured2Those smitten by “Mid-Century Modern” will find plenty to like in “California Captured” (Phaidon, 2018), a book of photographs by Marvin Rand (1924-2009), documenting the work of architects whose buildings help mythologize a place and time.

Roth“Is it me? Is it me  Me Me Me! It has to be me—but is it!” Philip Roth, The Conversion Of the Jews (1959)

Philip Roth (1933-2018) made identity issues — particularly Jewish identity — the centerpiece of his oeuvre, and with it behavior that ultimately undid the ‘self’ he sought to achieve.

Many of the disgraced men in recent times followed Roth’s notions of freedom.

 

riflemanHamletIt’s become fashionable for ‘elite’ schools in the U.S. to dump Shakespeare from their curriculum, and with it the lessons to avoid bad behavior and tragic-waste outcomes (To be rather than not to be). But judging by the way things are (not), most parents and teachers didn’t get those lessons either.

LeeChild17Lee Child in action on the sidelines of Thrillerfest XII.

Morgam-ThoreauThis Ever New Self: Thoreau and His Journal, billed as “the most comprehensive exhibition devoted to the life of one of America’s most influential authors and thinkers, Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862),” is at the Morgan Library and Museum through September 10.

“All this is perfectly evident to the observant eye, thus each wind is self-registering.” Thoreau (last journal entry)

AntiquarianBookFair17aAntiquarianBookFair17cThe New York Antiquarian Book Fair runs through March 12 at the Park Avenue Armory.

charlottebronte2charlottebronteCelebrating the two-hundredth anniversary of Charlotte Bronte’s birth, The Morgan has assembled an exhibition of material related to her life (1816-1855) from its own archives and those in England. The centerpiece of the show, which runs through January 2, 2017, is a portion of the original Jane Eyre manuscript.

 

KeysOfTheKingdom“As you know from the congressional inquiry, two years before the attack, bin Laden threatened the kingdom with revolution unless al-Qaeda’s operatives were given access to and support from the Saudi’s agents in the U.S. The old king capitulated.” Senator Bob Graham, Keys to the Kingdom, (Vanguard Press, 2011)

The ‘principles’ underlying the U.S./Saudi relationship are not only unsound but evil, with decades of slaughter to show for it. The latest being the destruction of Yemen and Syria. Those who have sought for Assad to “go” have brought hell to Syria and likely to themselves.

On a day that saw President Obama received coldly in Saudi Arabia and 500 refugees drown while fleeing murderous wars initiated by Saudi Arabia and supported by the U.S., one can only hope that the next U.S. president will freeze Saudi assets, halt weapon sales, and establish a no-fly zone over that country. But that would be unlikely if Hillary Clinton is the next president, given the enormous sums gifted to the Clinton Foundation by the House of Saud.

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BookFair2016BookFair2016aThe 2016 New York Antiquarian Book Fair is at the Park Avenue Armory through April 10.

“In nature’s infinite book of secrecy
A little I can read.”
Shakespeare, Anthony & Cleopatra

LeftBankBooks1LeftBankBooks3LeftBankBooks2Last day for Left Bank Books.

Photographs: Stephen Wise

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