Arts History Update for early March 2015

22 Feb

Arts History Update for early March 2015 by David Cummins

At the weekly Arts History Lecture Series on Fridays in the Texas Tech Museum Jones Auditorium, the lecturer Christian Conrad advised that he is putting his lecture on Renoir on the You Tube platform in several parts, each about 13 minutes in length. Go to and in the search box type christian conrad renoir and you will find six segments of his two lectures on Renoir. Type in christian conrad whistler, and you will find four segments of his lecture on James Abbot McNeill Whistler.

Donald Antrim, Elect Mr. Robinson for a Better World (Viking 1993) Announcing a bold new American voice laced with pitch black humor and as taut as a victim on a rack, this spectacularly provocative debut novel is graceful, electric, a wickedly funny tale of a world made riotous by life’s mysterious and sometimes violent accidents. (Picador paperback $12.02 e-book $10 189 pages ABE Books good $7.49)
The Hundred Brothers: A Novel (Crown Publishing 1997)

A family reunion of 99 brothers–the oldest 90, the youngest 20. The event gives rise to the usual conflicting memories, hurt feelings, rivalries and alliances, but with so many emotions at work, little wonder the reunion explodes. Part comedy, part serious study of family relations. By the author of Elect Mr. Robinson for a Better World. (Picador 2012 paperback $12.18 e-book $10 ABE Books good $3.98 at 208 pages)

The Verificationist: A Novel (Alfred A. Knopf 2000)

A gathering of psychoanalysts and a narrator with a dissociated personality whose vantage point is the ceiling of a pancake house–these are the basic elements of this deadly serious, desperately playful, off-the-wall and perfectly on-target new novel. (Picador 2011 paperback $10.14 e-book $10 ABE Books $3.99 at 189 pages)

The Emerald Light in the Air: Stories (Farrar, Straus & Giroux 2014)

“A masterful story collection–heartbreaking and hilarious–from one of America’s greatest writers Nothing is simple for the men and women in Donald Antrim’s stories. As they do the things we all do–bum a cigarette at a party, stroll with a girlfriend down Madison Avenue, take a kid to the zoo–they’re confronted with their own uncooperative selves. These artists, writers, lawyers, teachers, and actors make fools of themselves, spiral out of control, have delusions of grandeur, despair, and find it hard to imagine a future. They talk, they listen, they hope, they dream. They look for communion in a city, both beautiful and menacing, which can promise so much and yield so little. But they are hungry for life. They want to love and be loved. These stories, all published in The New Yorker over the last fifteen years, make it clear that Antrim is one of America’s most important writers. His work has been praised by his significant contemporaries, including Jonathan Franzen, Thomas Pynchon, Jeffrey Eugenides, and George Saunders, who described The Verificationist as “one of the most pleasure-giving, funny, perverse, complicated, addictive novels of the last twenty years.” And here, at last, is the story collection we have been waiting for, The Emerald Light in the Air, Antrim’s best book yet” (2014 hardcover $16.74) (Picado 2015 paperback $11.60) e-book $10 ABE Books new $17.14

Here is a You Tube video 43 minutes in length of Antrim reading the last story in The Emerald Light in the Air which is the title story

An actor prepares —
Pond, with mud —
Solace —
Another Manhattan —
He knew —
Ever since —
The emerald light in the air.

Donald Antrim, The Afterlife: A Memoir (Farrar Straus & Giroux 2006) family biography

“In the winter of 2000, shortly after his mother’s death from cancer and malnourishment, Donald Antrim, author of Elect Mr. Robinson for a Better World, The Hundred Brothers, and The Verificationist, began writing about his family. In pieces that appeared in The New Yorker and were anthologized in Best American Essays, Antrim explored his intense and complicated relationships with his mother, Louanne, an artist and teacher who was, at her worst, a ferociously destabilized and destabilizing alcoholic; his gentle grandfather, who lived in the mountains of North Carolina and who always hoped to save his daughter from herself; and his father, who married Louanne twice. The Afterlife is not a temporally linear coming-of-age memoir; instead, Antrim follows a logic of unconscious life, of dreams and memories, of fantasies and psychoses, the way in which the world of the alcoholic becomes a sleepless, atemporal world. In it, he comes to terms with–and fails to comes to terms with–the nature of addiction and the broken states of loneliness, shame, and loss that remain beyond his power to fully repair. This is a tender and even blackly hilarious portrait of a family–faulty, cracked, enraging. It is also the story of the way the author works, in part through writing this book, to become a man more fully alive to himself and to others, a man capable of a life in which he may never learn, or ever hope to know, the nature of his origins” (Picador 2007 paperback $13.21) e-book $8
Texas Tech Library PS 3551.N85 Z46 hardcover 196 pages ABE Books good condition $3.45
Flatlands Dance Theatre presents its Spring Concert Friday and Saturday April 10-11, 2015 at LHUCA Firehouse Theatre titled Wanderlust: Think Globally, Dance Locally at 8:00 pm $17 general admission, seniors $12
Friday, April 10 and Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 8:00 pm in the Firehouse Theatre – Wanderlust: Think Globally, Dance Locally ; Our spring concert is comprised of two interdisciplinary works, each exploring travel, adventure, transformation, and the idea of “home.” The first act, called Acts of Absence features performances by esteemed guest artist Sarah Gamblin and the choreography of the Big Rig Dance Collective. The second act, called Nivedita tells the epic tale of Sister Nivedita through music composed and performed by Curtis Peoples and choreography by Ali Duffy, Sarah Mondle, Kyla Olson, and Rachel Ure. You don’t want to miss this exciting evening of live dance and music, digital media, and guest artists from all over the state of Texas. Here is information about Sarah Gamblin and Big Rig Dance Collective
Coffee in the Afternoon
by Alberto Rios Arizona Poet Laureate
It was afternoon tea, with tea foods spread out
Like in the books, except that it was coffee.
She made a tin pot of cowboy coffee, from memory,
That’s what we used to call it, she said, cowboy coffee.
The grounds she pinched up in her hands, not a spoon,
And the fire on the stove she made from a match.
I sat with her and talked, but the talk was like the tea food,
A little of this and something from the other plate as well,
Always with a napkin and a thank-you. We sat and visited
And I watched her smoke cigarettes
Until the afternoon light was funny in the room,
And then we said our good-byes. The visit was liniment,
The way the tea was coffee, a confusion plain and nice,
A balm for the nerves of two people living in the world,
A balm in the tenor of its language, which spoke through
our hands
In the small lifting of our cups and our cakes to our lips.
It was simplicity, and held only what it needed.
It was a gentle visit, and I did not see her again.

Madame Cézanne
Through March 15 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City

“Superb… It is an exhibition not to be missed.”—Wall Street Journal

There are only a few weeks left to view this exhibition of works by Paul Cézanne (French, 1839–1906) that traces his lifelong attachment to Hortense Fiquet (French, 1850–1922), his wife, the mother of his only son, and his most painted model.

Hamline University School of Law, St Paul MN and William Mitchell College of Law, St Paul MN will merge They are only three miles from each other, and will continue at Mitchell’s facility. Both had suffered 40% drops in recent enrollment. University of St Thomas School of Law is also in St Paul The big boy next door is University of Minnesota School of Law in Minneapolis

Paul Stevenson Oles, FAIA Architect Steve Oles is a graduate of Texas Tech University and a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. He spoke at his alma mater on January 28 and an exhibit Prefiguring the Real: Perspectival Visions of Paul Stevenson Oles is in the College of Architecture ninth floor library viewable by the public.

Book Fairs and Festivals in 2015

Savannah Book Festival February 12-15

Tucson Festival of Books March 14-15

Virginia Festival of the Book March 18-22

AWP [Association of Writers and Writing Programs] Conference and Book Fair April 8-11

Los Angeles Times Festival of Books April 18-19

Border Book Festival in Las Cruces April 24-27

BookExpo America and BookCon May 27-31 in the Javits Center in New York City

Chicago Tribune Printer’s Row Literary Festival June 6-7

Bay Area Book Festival in Berkeley June 6-7

Northwest Book Festival in Portland July 25

West Texas Book & Music Festival in Abilene September

Library of Congress National Book Festival September

Texas Book Festival October 17-18

Boston Book Festival October 24

Howard Zinn Book Fair in San Francisco November 14

Miami Book Fair International November 15-22

Lone Star Literary Life will keep us up to date on book fairs, festivals and similar events in and around Texas.

Caprock Writers’ Alliance is a new organization of aspiring and established writers who seek a network and outlet for their literary efforts. To join or learn more e-mail The next meeting is Tuesday February 24 at 7:00 pm at Mahon Library downtown Lubbock where author Sarah Negovetich will speak about her young adult dystopian fiction. Authors who might attend such meetings include Carol Morgan, Bear Mills, Richard Jespers, Barbara Brannon, Kay Ellington, Melissa Brewer, Michelle Kraft and Marilyn Westfall.’-alliance/

Here is an introduction to Lubbock author Richard Jespers and here’s a local book store Hester Books on 34th Street some may not have visited operated by Renee Hester

Another Lubbock author is Thomas J. Nichols, former Chief of Police of the City of Lubbock who authored three mystery books Color of the Prism (2000) Lubbock Public Library 6 copies FIC NICH Adult Fiction $17.95 paper $5 e-book ABE Books good condition $10.87, Voices in the Fog (2008) $19.95 paper $5 e-book ABE Books good $11.08, and Sweet Emily (2012) $17.95 paperback $5 e-book ABE Books new $17.31 incl s&h.


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