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Art, Literature, Music

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Sep 2

Dance! Images of the Bates Dance Festival by Arthur Fink ’64. The cover photo with the dancer’s skirt puffed out like a pumpkin gives an idea of what catches Arthur Fink’s eye when he photographs da
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Jun 25

Music Direction for the Stage, A View from the Podium by Joseph Church ’74. Joe Church, who directed the music of such Broadway shows as The Lion King and The Who’s Tommy, lays out everything music d
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Nov 23, 2018

Outrider by Anne Waldman ’62 Through poems, essays, and interviews, Anne Waldman defines the poetics of the outrider movement, where poets travel alongside the mainstream, just far enough out to be a
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May 22, 2018

Pipers at the Gates of Dawn by Jonathan Cott, ’60?. Jonathan takes the evocative notion of children’s writers as pipers from Wind in the Willows and a poem by Blake. The beloved pipers who are the
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Dec 30, 2017

· J.-K. Huysmans, Novelist, Poet, and Art Critic by Annette Kahn (te). Through close textual analysis of the work of this late nineteenth-century Decadent writer, Annette shows us a brilliant but
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Sep 2

The World of Bruegel c. 1525-1569 by Timothy Foote’45? and the Editors of Time-Life Books. I had always thought of Bruegel as an acolyte of Bosch, and in part he was; but I learned from this book th
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Mar 15

Jamaican Folk Tales and Oral Histories by Laura Tanna ’65. This book merges popular culture and traditions with an academic appreciation for scholarship concerning myth and legend. The heart of the
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Nov 23, 2018

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight/ Patience/ Pearl: Verse Translation by Marie Borroff 40’s?. These three works are all by an anonymous fourteenth century poet referred to as Gawain/poet, a contemporar
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Feb 17, 2018

Metaphor and Shakespearean Drama, Unchaste Signification by Maria Fahey Maria’s first chapter, an examination of the literature on metaphor from Aristotle on down, impresses with its thorough scholar
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Dec 30, 2017

· The Life of Schubert by Christopher Gibbs (’76). Christopher takes a close look at what we know about Schubert, his family, friendships, the evolution of his work, and the various myths that ha
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Sep 2

How to Kill a Dragon, Aspects of Indo-European Poetics by Calvert Watkins ’52?. The erudition which went into this book is mind-boggling. Consider that to reconstruct proto Indo-European, the unwrit
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Mar 15

The Accidental Masterpiece, On the Art of Life and Vice Versa by Michael Kimmelman ’76. If Montaigne could see this book, he would be very proud that he invented the essay. Michael’s essays on art
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May 22, 2018

How to Read a Poem. . .and Start a Poetry Circle by Molly Peacock ff. This is a book of stunning generosity, which conveys the interplay of life, teaching, and poetry; it gives the readers the go-ah
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Dec 30, 2017

· Touching Liberty, Abolition, Feminism, and the Politics of the Body by Karen Sánchez-Eppler (’77) I found this book when I googled Karen’s name. I remembered a beautiful poem she wrote over for
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Dec 30, 2017

· Portraits, Talking with Artists at the Met, the Modern, the Louvre, and Elsewhere by Michael Kimmelman (‘76). I remember Michael as a classical pianist, and he still is – you can hear him play