Somewhat abbreviated this evening. The article on the new edition of the Bible looks interesting, but there’s been a lot of cooking going on at Farther Along Farm and there are only so many hours. Do scroll all the way to the last article, which is a delight for book lovers. I’m curious to know if anyone has heard of the artist. Also happy to report that we have ‘seasonable’ temperatures. It’s 77˚ on top of the fence post. Hope everyone’s new year has begun well.
THE LOTUS AND THE ROBOT by Arthur Koestler. Like a diver with the bends, Japan now suffers the agonies of its too swift exposure to the machine age.
NEW YORK’S NEW WAVE OF MOVIE MAKERS by Elizabeth Sutherland. American movies and the men who make them have long been derided by European intellectuals as wedded to hackneyed characters and situations in pursuit of the dollar. But in the last few years… have welcomed a new force in movie making, emanating from New York…
Here, film maker Francis Thompson, in his 1958, N.Y., N.Y., used mirrors to create floating skyscrapers.
IN SEARCH OF PARADISE by Santha Rama Rau. A world traveler takes a hard look at the Shangri-La’s of the shrinking globe and finds that a few endure.
CORBUSIER’S CLOISTER by Cranston Jones. “My monastery,” says France’s greatest architect, “descends from the heavens, touching the earth only where it must.”
THE THEATER OF FORM AND ANTI-FORM by Walter Kerr. The playwrights of the nineteen-sixties are tugging from opposite sides at the drama of naturalistic illusion.
THE KNIGHTS OF THE MALTESE CROSS by Edith Simon. Founded to care for the sick in the Holy Land, the Order of St. John became the military arm of the Crusader state. Eight centuries later it still carrie on its rescue work.
ON STAGE: LEONTYNE PRICE by Richard Murphy
ON STAGE: GOLD AND FIZDALE by Jay S. Harrison
POUSSIN by Pierre Schneider. Enthroned in his time, later entombed, the classic French master now speaks across the centuries as a spacious innovator and precursor of modern art.
BOOKS: THE BIBLE IS GIVEN NEW SPEECH by Gilbert Highet. An important new English translation of the Bible is being made.
MOVIES: NEO-REALISMO REVISITED by Jean Stafford.
ADVERTISING: TODAY’S TEMPLE OF TALENT by Stephen White.
THEATER: HUMAN BEINGS AND SUBSTITUTES by Robert Hatch
GARGOYLES FOR THE MACHINE AGE by Iohn Canaday
VOLTAIRE: “HE TAUGHT US TO BE FREE” by Harold Nicolson. Although he was an absolutist, not especially reasonable, and anything but revolutionary, Voltaire fought absolutism, embodied the Age of reason, and made he revolution possible.
YOUR FRIENDLY FIDVCIARY by Oliver Jensen. There isn’t much to hang onto these days. Take banks. … Everyone knew, so very recently, how to tell a bank.
FRASCONI’S BRIO WITH A BOOK. For an artist who habitually pictures himself as a melancholy fellow… Antonio Franconi has created a joyous woodcut world…