Red Brick Black Mountain White Clay

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ISBN: 9781101561027
Release Date: 2012-03-15
Number of pages: 304
Author: Christopher Benfey
Publisher: Penguin

Download and read online Red Brick Black Mountain White Clay in PDF and EPUB New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2012 "Beautiful, haunted, evocative and so open to where memory takes you. I kept thinking that this is the book that I have waited for: where objects, and poetry intertwine. Just wonderful and completely sui generis." (Edmund de Waal, author of The Hare with Amber Eyes) An unforgettable voyage across the reaches of America and the depths of memory, Red Brick, Black Mountain, White Clay follows one incredible family to discover a unique craft tradition grounded in America¹s vast natural landscape. Looking back through the generations, renowned critic Christopher Benfey unearths an ancestry--and an aesthetic--that is quintessentially American. His mother descends from colonial explorers and Quaker craftsmen, who carved new arts from the trackless wilds of the frontier. Benfey¹s father escaped from Nazi Europe--along with his aunt and uncle, the famed Bauhaus artists Josef and Anni Albers--by fleeing across the Atlantic and finding an eventual haven in the American South. Bricks form the backbone of life in North Carolina¹s rural Piedmont, where Benfey¹s mother was raised among centuries-old folk potteries, tobacco farms, and clay pits. Her father, like his father before him, believed in the deep honesty of brick, that men might build good lives with the bricks they laid. Nurtured in this red-clay world of ancient craft and Quaker radicalism, Benfey¹s mother was poised to set out from home when a tragic romance cracked her young life in two. Salvaging the broken shards of his mother¹s past and exploring the revitalized folk arts resisting industrialization, Benfey discovers a world brimming with possibility and creativity. Benfey¹s father had no such foundation in his young life, nor did his aunt and uncle. Exiled artists from Berlin¹s Bauhaus school, Josef and Anni Albers were offered sanctuary not far from the Piedmont at Black Mountain College. A radical experiment in unifying education and art, Black Mountain made a monumental impact on American culture under Josef¹s leadership, counting Robert Rauschenberg, John Cage, and Buckminster Fuller among its influential students and teachers. Focusing on the natural world, innovative craftsmanship, and the physical reality of materials, Black Mountain became a home and symbol for an emerging vision of American art. Threading these stories together into a radiant and mesmerizing harmony, Red Brick, Black Mountain, White Clay is an extraordinary quest to the heart of America and the origins of its art.


Red Brick Black Mountain White Clay

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ISBN: 9780143122852
Release Date: 2013
Number of pages: 291
Author: Christopher Benfey
Publisher: Penguin

Download and read online Red Brick Black Mountain White Clay in PDF and EPUB "An unforgettable voyage across the reaches and the depths of memory, Red Brick, Black Mountain, White Clay tells the story of America's artistic birth. Following his family back through the generations, renowned critic Christopher Benfey unearths an ancestry--and an aesthetic--that is quintessentially American. His mother descends from colonial craftsmen, such as the Quaker artist-explorer William Bartram. Benfey's father--along with his aunt and uncle, the famed Bauhaus artists Josef and Anni Albers--escaped from Nazi Europe by fleeing to the American South. Struggling to find themselves in this new world, Benfey's family found strength and salvation in the rich craft tradition grounded in America's vast natural landscape. Threading these stories together into a radiant and mesmerizing harmony, Red Brick, Black Mountain, White Clay is an extraordinary quest to the heart of America and the origins of its art"--Provided by publisher.


A Summer of Hummingbirds

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ISBN: 0143115081
Release Date: 2009
Number of pages: 287
Author: Christopher Benfey
Publisher: Penguin Paperbacks

Download and read online A Summer of Hummingbirds in PDF and EPUB Documents the interactions of many of the nation's most celebrated writers and artists during the Reconstruction Era, told through a metaphorical journey of a hummingbird that illuminates period beliefs about such topics as religion, sexuality, and family.


Degas in New Orleans

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ISBN: 0520218183
Release Date: 1997
Number of pages: 294
Author: Christopher E. G. Benfey
Publisher: Univ of California Press

Download and read online Degas in New Orleans in PDF and EPUB 00 Edgar Degas traveled from Paris to New Orleans during the fall of 1872 to visit the American branch of his mother's family, the Mussons. This war-torn, diverse, and conflicted city elicited from Degas some of his finest paintings. He arrived at a key moment in the cultural history of this most exotic of American cities, still recovering from the agony of the Civil War. This decisive period of Reconstruction, in which his American relatives were importantly involved, was also the time when the American writers Kate Chopin and George Washington Cable were beginning to mine the resources of New Orleans culture and history. Edgar Degas traveled from Paris to New Orleans during the fall of 1872 to visit the American branch of his mother's family, the Mussons. This war-torn, diverse, and conflicted city elicited from Degas some of his finest paintings. He arrived at a key moment in the cultural history of this most exotic of American cities, still recovering from the agony of the Civil War. This decisive period of Reconstruction, in which his American relatives were importantly involved, was also the time when the American writers Kate Chopin and George Washington Cable were beginning to mine the resources of New Orleans culture and history.


The Great Wave

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ISBN: 9780375754555
Release Date: 2004
Number of pages: 332
Author: Christopher Benfey
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks

Download and read online The Great Wave in PDF and EPUB An incisive study of cultural identity and the implications--good and bad--of cultural cross-pollination describes the historical and cultural reciprocity that existed in the era following the Civil War between the United States and Japan, a country looking to reinvent itself as a cosmopolitan modern state. Reprint. 14,000 first printing.


Fin Lady

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ISBN: 9780374154905
Release Date: 2013-07-09
Number of pages: 273
Author: Cathleen Schine
Publisher: Macmillan

Download and read online Fin Lady in PDF and EPUB In the Greenwich Village of 1964, eleven-year-old Fin moves in with his glamorous, careless older sister, and it's hard to tell who's raising whom.


Ancient Light

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ISBN: 9780307960832
Release Date: 2012-10-02
Number of pages: 304
Author: John Banville
Publisher: Vintage

Download and read online Ancient Light in PDF and EPUB The Man Booker Prize-winning author of The Sea gives us a brilliant, profoundly moving new novel about an actor in the twilight of his life and his career: a meditation on love and loss, and on the inscrutable immediacy of the past in our present lives. Is there any difference between memory and invention? That is the question that fuels this stunning novel, written with the depth of character, the clarifying lyricism and the sly humor that have marked all of John Banville’s extraordinary works. And it is the question that haunts Alexander Cleave, an actor in the twilight of his career and of his life, as he plumbs the memories of his first—and perhaps only—love (he, fifteen years old, the woman more than twice his age, the mother of his best friend; the situation impossible, thrilling, devouring and finally devastating) . . . and of his daughter, lost to a kind of madness of mind and heart that Cleave can only fail to understand. When his dormant acting career is suddenly, inexplicably revived with a movie role portraying a man who may not be who he says he is, his young leading lady—famous and fragile—unwittingly gives him the opportunity to see with aching clarity the “chasm that yawns between the doing of a thing and the recollection of what was done.” Ancient Light is a profoundly moving meditation on love and loss, on the inscrutable immediacy of the past in our present lives, on how invention shapes memory and memory shapes the man. It is a book of spellbinding power and pathos from one of the greatest masters of prose at work today. This eBook edition includes a Reading Group Guide.


Black Mountain Days

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ISBN: 0964902087
Release Date: 2003
Number of pages: 542
Author: Michael Rumaker
Publisher: Black Mountain College Museum & art

Download and read online Black Mountain Days in PDF and EPUB In Black Mountain Days, Michael Rumaker has written a touching, poetic memoir of Black Mountain College from 1952 to 1956. What were for the college its final four years were for Rumaker a sequence of journeys of creative and personal discovery that


Print Workshop

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ISBN: 9780307965530
Release Date: 2011-08-03
Number of pages: 176
Author: Christine Schmidt
Publisher: Potter Craft

Download and read online Print Workshop in PDF and EPUB This is a book for low budgets and high ambition. Read it and you will learn how to put images of things onto other things. You will start by rolling up your sleeves. Your shirt will be stained anyways. At some point, you will harness the power of the sun. Go ahead, look inside. You will see that you do not need a fancy studio to print a T-shirt or a picnic blanket. There is no specialized machine required to print anything you want in any room you want. A mural, a dartboard, a deck of cards, these are all possible. In a week or a month, you will wake up to find you know words like acetate and substrate. You will be comfortable talking about ink and shopping at military supply stores. Perhaps most important of all, you will be printing images of things onto other things. From the Trade Paperback edition.


The Last Sane Man

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ISBN: 0300100167
Release Date: 2012
Number of pages: 457
Author: Tanya Harrod
Publisher: Paul Mellon Ctr for Studies

Download and read online The Last Sane Man in PDF and EPUB British studio potter Michael Cardew (1901-1983) was a man of paradox, a modernist who disliked modernity, a colonial servant who despised Empire, and an intellectual who worked with his hands. After graduating from Oxford in 1923, he made majestic slipware alongside legendary potter Bernard Leach.


The Official Book of Me

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ISBN: 9781442494800
Release Date: 2014-01-28
Number of pages: 176
Author: Marlene Wallach
Publisher: Simon and Schuster

Download and read online The Official Book of Me in PDF and EPUB Take care of yourself with style using this ultimate wellness guide, tailored to tweens and packed with tips, quizzes, and advice from a modeling agency executive. Would you rather feel great, or look great? You don’t have to choose with The Official Book of Me, because this collection of guidance for healthy and happy living will help you radiate beauty inside and out. A custom-cultivated combination of the best info from the previously published My Self and My Life, both from Wilhemina Kids & Teens modeling agency president Marlene Wallach, The Official Book of Me covers a broad spectrum of wellness information. From healthy nutrition and exercise habits to the art of negotiating and relaxation techniques, the content of this indispensible book will help you discover your uniqueness and be the best you can be.


Hold Still

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ISBN: 9780316247740
Release Date: 2015-05-12
Number of pages: 496
Author: Sally Mann
Publisher: Little, Brown

Download and read online Hold Still in PDF and EPUB NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEARThe New York Times, Washington Post, The San Francisco Chronicle, Vogue, NPR, Publishers Weekly, BookPage A revealing and beautifully written memoir and family history from acclaimed photographer Sally Mann. In this groundbreaking book, a unique interplay of narrative and image, Mann's preoccupation with family, race, mortality, and the storied landscape of the American South are revealed as almost genetically predetermined, written into her DNA by the family history that precedes her. Sorting through boxes of family papers and yellowed photographs she finds more than she bargained for: "deceit and scandal, alcohol, domestic abuse, car crashes, bogeymen, clandestine affairs, dearly loved and disputed family land . . . racial complications, vast sums of money made and lost, the return of the prodigal son, and maybe even bloody murder." In lyrical prose and startlingly revealing photographs, she crafts a totally original form of personal history that has the page-turning drama of a great novel but is firmly rooted in the fertile soil of her own life.


The High Places

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ISBN: 9781444776744
Release Date: 2016-05-05
Number of pages: 288
Author: Fiona McFarlane
Publisher: Hachette UK

Download and read online The High Places in PDF and EPUB By the author of The Night Guest, a collection of fourteen scintillating short stories: surprising, wise, thought-provoking and superbly wrought. Ranging in setting from Australia to Greece, England to a Pacific island, they focus on people: their hopes, fears, dreams and disappointments, and their relationships - between ill-matched friends, daughters and mothers, fathers and sons, married couples and sisters. Some are eccentric, like the widower who believes his dead wife's mechanical parrot speaks to him, or the research scientist convinced that Charles Darwin visits him on his remote island; others delude themselves, like the mistress of a married man who thinks she's freer than her married sister. All are confronted with events that make them see themselves and their lives from a fresh perspective. It is what they do as a result that is as unpredictable as life itself.


A Man of Parts

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ISBN: 9781101544266
Release Date: 2011-09-15
Number of pages: 448
Author: David Lodge
Publisher: Penguin

Download and read online A Man of Parts in PDF and EPUB A riveting novel about the remarkable life—and many loves—of author H. G. Wells H. G. Wells, author of The Time Machine and War of the Worlds, was one of the twentieth century's most prophetic and creative writers, a man who immersed himself in socialist politics and free love, whose meteoric rise to fame brought him into contact with the most important literary, intellectual, and political figures of his time, but who in later years felt increasingly ignored and disillusioned in his own utopian visions. Novelist and critic David Lodge has taken the compelling true story of Wells's life and transformed it into a witty and deeply moving narrative about a fascinating yet flawed man. Wells had sexual relations with innumerable women in his lifetime, but in 1944, as he finds himself dying, he returns to the memories of a select group of wives and mistresses, including the brilliant young student Amber Reeves and the gifted writer Rebecca West. As he reviews his professional, political, and romantic successes and failures, it is through his memories of these women that he comes to understand himself. Eloquent, sexy, and tender, the novel is an artfully composed portrait of Wells's astonishing life, with vivid glimpses of its turbulent historical background, by one of England's most respected and popular writers.


Frances and Bernard

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ISBN: 9780547858258
Release Date: 2013-02-05
Number of pages: 208
Author: Carlene Bauer
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Download and read online Frances and Bernard in PDF and EPUB Frances and Bernard meet in the summer of 1957. Afterward, he writes her a letter. Soon they are immersed in the kind of fast, deep friendship that can change the course of our lives. They find their way to New York and, for a few whirling years, each other. The city is a wonderland for young people with dreams: cramped West Village kitchens, parties stocked with the sharp-witted and glamorous, taxis that can take you anywhere at all, long talks along the Hudson as the lights of the Empire State Building blink on above. Inspired by the lives of Flannery O’Connor and Robert Lowell, Frances and Bernard imagines, through new characters with charms entirely their own, what else might have happened. In the grandness of the fall, can we love another person so completely that we lose our dreams? In witness to all the wonder of kindred spirits and bittersweet romance, Frances and Bernard is a tribute to the power of friendship and the people who help us discover who we are.