Forty-one False Starts

Forty-one False Starts

Essays on Artists and Writers

Book - 2013 | 1st ed
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Contents: Introduction / by Ian Frazier
Forty-one false starts
Depth of field
A house of one's own
The woman who hated women
Salinger's cigarettes
Capitalist pastorale
The genius of the glass house
Good pictures
Edward Weston's women
Nudes without desire
A girl of the Zeitgeist
Advanced placement
The not returning part of it
William Shawn
Joseph Mitchell
Thoughts on autobiography from an abandoned autobiography
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013
Edition: 1st ed
Branch Call Number: 808.02 M
Characteristics: xv, 298 p. ; 22 cm
ISBN: 9780374157692
0374157693

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Oct 26, 2014

Some say the best-written reviews and critiques reveal something about the critic as much as the subject being reviewed. With that criteria, you would think Forty-one False Starts by Janet Malcolm would be brilliant, the writing being so self-absorbed.

To be fair, the title essay was fascinating and engaging, a critique of the larger-than-life artist David Salle told in 41 short sections that give us different facets and points of view on Salle; its unique form is a commentary on the writing/creative process itself. But all the other essays in the collection didn't really keep my attention.

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