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BIOGRAPHY

· Biografie van Frans Kellendonk door Jaap Goedegebuure · The Great Nadar. The Man Behind the Camera by Adam Begley · Mirjam Van Hengel: Een knipperend ogenblik. Biografie Remco Campert · René van Stipriaan: De hartenjager. Leven, werk en roem van Gerbrandt Adriaensz. Bredero · Alessandro Baricco: Smith & Wesson · Conan Doyle for the defense. The True Story of a Sensational British Murder, a Quest for Justice, and the World’s Most Famous Detective Writer by Margalit Fox · R. Crumb’s Dream Diary · Bettina Röhl: „Die RAF hat euch lieb“. Die Bundesrepublik im Rausch von 68 – Eine Familie im Zentrum der Bewegung · David Lynch & Kristine McKenna: Room to Dream · Patti Smith: The New Jerusalem – Bilingual edition – Nexus Library · David Hajdu: Positively 4th Street · Robert Lowell, Setting the River on Fire. A Study of Genius, Mania, and Character by Kay Redfield Jamison

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Biografie van Frans Kellendonk door Jaap Goedegebuure

Frans Kellendonk (1951-1990) is een van de belangrijkste schrijvers van zijn generatie: geroemd om de stilistische kwaliteit van zijn werk, spraakmakend én omstreden vanwege zijn niet zelden controversiële thematiek.

Wat betekende het voor Kellendonk dat hij als telg uit een geslacht van ambachtslieden letteren en wijsbegeerte ging studeren? Hoe verging het hem nadat hij het katholieke Nijmegen achter zich had gelaten en in Amsterdam koos voor het ongebonden bestaan van schrijver en vertaler?

In deze biografie schetst Jaap Goedegebuure Kellendonks intellectuele ontwikkeling en laat hij zien hoe persoonlijke ervaringen werden omgevormd tot verhalen en romans met een algemenere geldigheid. Voor dit levensverhaal maakte hij gebruik van tot nu toe gesloten archieven en recentelijk opgedoken brieven en documenten. Ze werpen nieuw licht op een briljante stilist en een verbeten karakter.

Kellendonk
Een biografie
Auteur: Jaap Goedegebuure
Uitgeverij: Querido
NUR: 321
Hardcover
ISBN: 9789021409979
Publicatiedatum: 25-09-2018
1e druk
Taal: Nederlands
Bladzijden 552 pp.
Bindwijze: Hardcover
Genre: Biografieen literair
Publ. datum 25-9-2018
Prijs: € 29,99

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The Great Nadar. The Man Behind the Camera by Adam Begley

A dazzling, stylish biography of a fabled Parisian photographer, adventurer, and pioneer.

A recent French biography begins, Who doesn’t know Nadar? In France, that’s a rhetorical question. Of all of the legendary figures who thrived in mid-19th-century Paris—a cohort that includes Victor Hugo, Baudelaire, Gustave Courbet, and Alexandre Dumas—Nadar was perhaps the most innovative, the most restless, the most modern.

The first great portrait photographer, a pioneering balloonist, the first person to take an aerial photograph, and the prime mover behind the first airmail service, Nadar was one of the original celebrity artist-entrepreneurs. A kind of 19th-century Andy Warhol, he knew everyone worth knowing and photographed them all, conferring on posterity psychologically compelling portraits of Manet, Sarah Bernhardt, Delacroix, Daumier and countless others—a priceless panorama of Parisian celebrity.

Born Gaspard-Félix Tournachon, he adopted the pseudonym Nadar as a young bohemian, when he was a budding writer and cartoonist. Later he affixed the name Nadar to the façade of his opulent photographic studio in giant script, the illuminated letters ten feet tall, the whole sign fifty feet long, a garish red beacon on the boulevard. Nadar became known to all of Europe and even across the Atlantic when he launched “The Giant,” a gas balloon the size of a twelve-story building, the largest of its time. With his daring exploits aboard his humongous balloon (including a catastrophic crash that made headlines around the world), he gave his friend Jules Verne the model for one of his most dynamic heroes.

The Great Nadar is a brilliant, lavishly illustrated biography of a larger-than-life figure, a visionary whose outsized talent and canny self-promotion put him way ahead of his time.

Adam Begley is the author of Updike. He was the books editor of The New York Observer for twelve years. He has been a Guggenheim fellow and a fellow at the Leon Levy Center for Biography. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, The Financial Times, The London Review of Books, and The Times Literary Supplement. He lives with his wife in Cambridgeshire.

“Irresistible. . . . A richly entertaining and thoughtful biography. . . . Begley seems wonderfully at home in the Second Empire, and shifts effortlessly between historical backgrounds, technical explanation, and close-up scenes, brilliantly recreating Nadar at work.” —Richard Holmes, The New York Review of Books

The Great Nadar
The Man Behind the Camera
By Adam Begley
Arts & Entertainment
Biographies & Memoirs
History
Paperback
Jul 10, 2018
256 Pages
$16.00
Published by Tim Duggan Books
ISBN 9781101902622

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Mirjam Van Hengel: Een knipperend ogenblik. Biografie Remco Campert

‘Eigenlijk wil ik gewoon elke morgen wakker worden en niks weten en gaan schrijven.’

Dat zegt Remco Campert, de virtuoos terloopse dichter die altijd zijn vinger aan de pols van de tijd heeft gehouden.

Het verhaal van zijn leven loopt van de naoorlogse avant-garde via feestende jongeren rond het Vondelpark en toenemende publieke zichtbaarheid naar de stilte van een werkkamer. Er was de afwezige vader, er kwamen en gingen grote liefdes, maar altijd bleef het schrijven, dicht op de eigen huid.

Mirjam van Hengel, die eerder het succesvolle Hoe mooi alles (2014) publiceerde over de liefde tussen Leo en Tineke Vroman, sprak wekelijks met Campert en kreeg inzage in al zijn papieren.

Ze schreef een portret over de man die al meer dan een halve eeuw het Nederlandse literaire landschap kleurt, die even graag alleen is als in gezelschap, even lui als productief, even opgeruimd als melancholiek, even betrokken bij de wereld als onverstoorbaar zichzelf.

Mirjam van Hengel (1967) studeerde Nederlandse letterkunde aan de Universiteit Utrecht. Ze was jarenlang redacteur bij uitgeverij Van Oorschot en uitgeverij Querido en is poëzieprogrammeur bij onder meer De Nieuwe Liefde. In 2014 verscheen haar boek Hoe mooi alles. Leo en Tineke Vroman, een liefde in oorlogstijd, dat lovend werd ontvangen en bewerkt tot theaterstuk.

Remco Campert (1929) is dichter, romancier en columnist. Voor zijn poëzie ontving hij onder meer de Reina Prinsen Geerligsprijs, de Poëzieprijs van de gemeente Amsterdam, de Jan Campertprijs, de P.C. Hooft-prijs en De Gouden Ganzenveer. In 2015 werd hij bekroond met de Prijs der Nederlandse Letteren. De vader van Remco Campert was de dichter Jan Campert, die ‘Het Lied der Achttien Dooden’ schreef, zijn moeder de actrice Joeki Broedelet. Voorjaar 1950 richt Remco Campert met Rudy Kousbroek het tijdschrift Braak op. In juli van hetzelfde jaar wordt de redactie uitgebreid met Lucebert en Bert Schierbeek. Na het verschijnen van de bloemlezing Atonaal in 1951, onder redactie van Simon Vinkenoog, worden de daarin opgenomen dichters onder wie Gerrit Kouwenaar, Jan G. Elburg en Hugo Claus, aangeduid als de Vijftigers.
Remco Camperts verhalen en romans worden gewaardeerd door een groot publiek en boeken als Het leven is vurrukkulluk (1961) en Tjeempie! of Liesje in luiletterland (1968) staan nog steeds op de leeslijsten.
In 1976 ontvangt hij de P.C. Hooftprijs voor zijn poëzie: ‘Het hele poëtische oeuvre van Remco Campert overziend, is de jury onder de indruk gekomen van de persoonlijke kroniek van de jaren 1950-1970 die erin is neergeschreven. De hachelijke en belachelijke feiten van deze levensperiode zijn door de dichter onvergetelijk geboekstaafd.’
Van 1989 tot 1995 leest Campert met Jan Mulder en Bart Chabot in theaters voor uit eigen werk. Van 1996 tot 2006 schrijft Campert samen met Mulder een gezamenlijke column op de voorpagina van de Volkskrant, CaMu. Sinds 2012 heeft hij in deze krant een eigen wekelijkse column en daarnaast zijn ‘Somberman’, over het gelijknamige personage dat hij voor het eerst opvoerde in Somberman’s actie, het Boekenweekgeschenk van 1985. In 2004 verscheen Een liefde in Parijs, zijn eerste roman in meer dan tien jaar, die zeer lovend werd besproken en uitgroeide tot een grote bestseller. Het Parool schreef: ‘Hier is de meester aan het werk.’ In 2006 volgde Het satijnen hart, een weemoedig portret van een schilder die tot op hoge leeftijd niet kan kiezen tussen liefde en kunst.
De afgelopen vijf jaar verschenen onder meer de roman Hôtel du Nord (2013), de dichtbundels Licht van mijn leven (2014, met litho’s van Ysbrant) en Verloop van jaren: 40 poëtische notities (2015). Het fotoboek De ziel krijgt voeten (2013), maakte hij met zijn dochter Cleo Campert. Zijn verzamelde columns voor de Volkskrant zijn te lezen in Het verband tussen de dingen ben ik zelf (2012), Te vroeg in het seizoen (2014), Vandaag ben ik een lege kartonnen doos (2015), Zonder roken bij mij geen poëzie (2016) en Somberman op drift (2016). In 2016 verscheen eveneens Campert & Campert, een bundeling van alle stukken van Remco én zijn vader Jan Campert in Elsevier. Recent verscheen de dichtbundel Open ogen (2018).   (Bron: Bezige Bij)

Titel: Een knipperend ogenblik.
Portret van Remco Campert
Auteur: Mirjam Van Hengel
Biografie
Taal: Nederlands
Uitgever: Bezige Bij, De
Druk: 1e
Aantal pagina’s 512
Uitvoering: Gebonden
Verschenen: 23 augustus 2018
Presentatie: 5 september 2018
ISBN 9789403122908
€ 29,99

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René van Stipriaan: De hartenjager. Leven, werk en roem van Gerbrandt Adriaensz. Bredero

Het leven van Gerbrandt Adriaensz. Bredero (1585-1618) was kort maar ongekend vruchtbaar.

In nauwelijks acht jaar schreef hij honderden gedichten en liederen die tot de mooiste uit de Nederlandse literatuur behoren, en meer dan tien toneelstukken die nog altijd sprankelen van leven. Zijn kluchten, het blijspel Moortje en vooral de onweerstaanbare Spaanschen Brabander hebben door de eeuwen heen vele duizenden mensen onvergetelijke uren bezorgd.

Wie was Bredero? Het is een van de grote vragen van de Nederlandse literatuur. Over zijn leven is weinig bekend, zijn werk is heel concreet alledaags, maar tegelijkertijd ook raadselachtig.

Hoe hield hij zich overeind in het van energie en spanning bruisende Amsterdam? In De hartenjager ontrafelt René van Stipriaan de mythen en mysteries rond een van de meest getalenteerde en vrijmoedige auteurs uit het Nederlandse taalgebied: zijn afkomst, zijn vriendschappen en liefdes, zijn enorme productiviteit en zijn plotselinge dood. Weinig is wat het lijkt.

René van Stipriaan (1959) is auteur van Het volle leven en stelde Ooggetuigen van de Gouden Eeuw en, met Geert Mak, Ooggetuigen van de wereldgeschiedenis samen. In augustus verschijnt De hartenjager, over het leven en werk van Bredero.

Auteur: René van Stipriaan
De hartenjager.
Leven, werk en roem van Gerbrandt Adriaensz. Bredero
Non-Fictie – biografie
Taal: Nederlands
Uitgever: Em. Querido’s Uitgeverij BV, Amsterdam
Publicatiedatum: 21-08-2018
ISBN 9789021409528
NUR: 321
359 pagina’s
illustraties
Met literatuuropgave, register
Prijs: € 24,99
Hardcover

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Alessandro Baricco: Smith & Wesson

«Maintenant je résume : on attendait un tas de choses de la vie, on n’a rien fait de bien, on glisse peu à peu vers le néant, et ce dans un trou paumé où une splendide cascade nous rappelle tous les jours que la misère est une invention humaine et la grandeur le cours naturel du monde.»

Année 1902, Tom Smith et Jerry Wesson se rencontrent au pied des chutes du Niagara. L’un passe son temps à rédiger des statistiques météorologiques ; l’autre à repêcher les corps engloutis par les rapides.

Rencontre exceptionnelle, comme celle que les deux types font avec Rachel Green, jeune journaliste prête à tout pour dénicher le scoop du siècle, même à embarquer Smith et Wesson dans son projet loufoque : plonger dans les chutes du Niagara et s’en sortir vivante. Tout le monde en rêve, personne ne l’a jamais fait. Il ne reste alors qu’à se glisser dans un tonneau, défier les lois de la physique et sauter.

Nous avons tous besoin d’une histoire mémorable, d’un exploit hors norme pour réaliser quelque chose qui nous soit vraiment propre.

Alessandro Baricco (1958): Prix Médicis étranger 1995

Alessandro Baricco:
Smith & Wesson
Trad. de l’italien par Lise Caillat
Collection Du monde entier, Gallimard
Parution : 17-05-2018
160 pages
140 x 205 mm
Genre : Littérature Italiennes
Pays : Italie
Époque : XXe-XXIe siècle
ISBN : 9782070179039
Code distributeur : A17903
Prix €16,00

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Conan Doyle for the defense. The True Story of a Sensational British Murder, a Quest for Justice, and the World’s Most Famous Detective Writer by Margalit Fox

For all the scores of biographies of Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of the most famous detective in the world, there is no recent book that tells this remarkable story—in which Conan Doyle becomes a real-life detective on an actual murder case.

In Conan Doyle for the Defense, Margalit Fox takes us step by step inside Conan Doyle’s investigative process and illuminates a murder mystery that is also a morality play for our time—a story of ethnic, religious, and anti-immigrant bias.

In 1908, a wealthy woman was brutally murdered in her Glasgow home. The police found a convenient suspect in Oscar Slater—an immigrant Jewish cardsharp—who, despite his obvious innocence, was tried, convicted, and consigned to life at hard labor in a brutal Scottish prison.

Conan Doyle, already world famous as the creator of Sherlock Holmes, was outraged by this injustice and became obsessed with the case. Using the methods of his most famous character, he scoured trial transcripts, newspaper accounts, and eyewitness statements, meticulously noting myriad holes, inconsistencies, and outright fabrications by police and prosecutors. Finally, in 1927, his work won Slater’s freedom.

Margalit Fox, a celebrated longtime writer for The New York Times, has “a nose for interesting facts, the ability to construct a taut narrative arc, and a Dickens-level gift for concisely conveying personality” (Kathryn Schulz, New York). In Conan Doyle for the Defense, she immerses readers in the science of Edwardian crime detection and illuminates a watershed moment in the history of forensics, when reflexive prejudice began to be replaced by reason and the scientific method.

A senior writer at The New York Times, Margalit Fox is considered one of the foremost explanatory writers and literary stylists in American journalism. As a member of the newspaper’s celebrated obituary news department, she has written front-page send-offs of some of the leading cultural figures of our age. (Conan Doyle for the Defense is in many ways a fond belated obituary for the long-overlooked Oscar Slater, an immigrant everyman treated inexcusably by history.) Fox’s previous book, The Riddle of the Labyrinth, won the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing. She lives in Manhattan with her husband, the writer and critic George Robinson.

Conan Doyle for the Defense
The True Story of a Sensational British Murder, a Quest for Justice, and the World’s Most Famous Detective Writer
By Margalit Fox
Illustrated
Hardcover
Published by Random House
Random House
$27.00
Jun 26, 2018
352 Pages
ISBN 9780399589454

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R. Crumb’s Dream Diary

For more than 40 years, legendary American artist Robert Crumb has documented his nightly dreams in a meticulously kept private journal.

This material has stood as a guarded secret in a career defined by an impish compulsion to publically self-disclose. All of the artist’s well-documented preoccupations are present and accounted for—rampant egomania, insatiable lust, profound self-disgust, the sad beauty of old America, the moral bankruptcy of new America and the fool’s errand quest for spiritual enlightenment—but here they are entirely untamed, springing forth from forces beyond even his control.

Published for the first time, the complete Dream Diaries offer readers a deep, dark look under the hood of one of America’s most aggressively dynamic comedic voices.

Widely considered the greatest cartoonist of the 20th century, Robert Crumb (born 1943) drew comics from a very young age. After a brief career in greeting-card design in Cleveland, in 1965 the young artist discovered LSD, and headed for San Francisco, where he published Zap Comix 1, reinventing the comics medium. In 1994 he was the subject of an acclaimed documentary film by Terry Zwigoff. His adaptation of The Book of Genesis was published in 2009 and the original art for the project was exhibited internationally, most notably at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, in 2009, and as part of the 55th Venice Biennale in 2013. His most recent books include Bible of Filth, Art & Beauty Magazine and (with Aline Kominsky-Crumb) Drawn Together. Crumb lives and works in Southern France.

R. Crumb’s
Dream Diary
Edited by Ronald Bronstein & Sammy Harkham
Elara Press
Compiles forty years of never-before-published somnambulant mindspray from one of the most unique thinkers in comics.
The first and only book on Crumb’s writings
containing 15 illustrations.
US $25.00
Hardcover
500 pgs
Publication: Sep 25 2018
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1942884338
ISBN-13: 978-1942884330

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Bettina Röhl: „Die RAF hat euch lieb“. Die Bundesrepublik im Rausch von 68 – Eine Familie im Zentrum der Bewegung

Bettina Röhl über ihre letzten gemeinsamen Jahre mit ihrer Mutter Ulrike Meinhof

Brauchte die Bundesrepublik die Revolte von 68? Ist 68 gar das Jahr einer „Neugründung“ der heutigen Bundesrepublik? Die APO-Bewegung – und ihre „Speerspitze“, die RAF – ist das wohl meist beschriebene Thema der neueren politischen Geschichte des Landes. Mit bisher unbekannten Fakten und den Stimmen neuer Zeitzeugen unterlegt, liefert Bettina Röhl, die als Kind die Gründung der RAF hautnah miterlebte, eine spannende Analyse und erzählt die scheinbar bekannte Geschichte neu. Bei ihren Recherchen fand Bettina Röhl zahlreiche bisher unveröffentlichte Briefe, Dokumente und Fotos, die den Leser die damalige Zeit hautnah miterleben und nachvollziehen lassen.

Bettina Röhl wurde 1962 in Hamburg geboren, wo sie 1982 Abitur machte. 1986 begann sie neben ihrem Studium der Geschichte und Germanistik ihr Volontariat bei der Zeitschrift TEMPO. Sie arbeitete für Spiegel TV, Welt online, Cicero, Wirtschaftswoche und viele andere Medien und veröffentlichte zahlreiche Buchbeiträge. 2001 wurde sie mit ihren Veröffentlichungen zu Joschka Fischers Gewaltvergangenheit in stern und BILD bekannt. Nach „So macht Kommunismus Spaß“ ist „Die RAF hat euch lieb“ ihr zweites historisch-biographisches Buch über die linke Geschichte der Bundesrepublik.

Bettina Röhl
„Die RAF hat euch lieb“
Die Bundesrepublik im Rausch von 68
Eine Familie im Zentrum der Bewegung
Gebundenes Buch mit Schutzumschlag,
640 Seiten,
13,5 x 21,5 cm mit 16 S. Bildteil
ISBN: 978-3-453-20150-7
€ 24,00
Verlag: Heyne Verlag
Erschienen: 10.04.2018
Sprache: Deutsch

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David Lynch & Kristine McKenna: Room to Dream

David Lynch – co-creator of Twin Peaks and writer and director of groundbreaking films such as Eraserhead, The Elephant Man, Blue Velvet and Mulholland Drive – opens up about a lifetime of extraordinary creativity, the friendships he has made along the way and the struggles he has faced – sometimes successful, sometimes not – to bring his projects to fruition.

Part-memoir, part-biography, Room to Dream interweaves Lynch’s own reflections on his life with the story of those times, as told by Kristine McKenna, drawing from extensive and explosive interviews with ninety of Lynch’s friends, family members, actors, agents, musicians and collaborators. Lynch responds to each recollection and reveals the inner story of the life behind the art.

David Lynch advanced to the front ranks of international cinema in 1977 with the release of his first film, the startlingly original Eraserhead. Since then, Lynch has been nominated for three Best Director Academy Awards for The Elephant Man, Blue Velvet and Mulholland Drive, was awarded the Palme d’Or for Wild at Heart and has established himself as an artist of tremendous range and wit. In 1990, Twin Peaks mania swept the world when his groundbreaking television series premiered on ABC. A new season of Twin Peaks aired in May 2017 to widespread acclaim.

Kristine McKenna is a widely published critic and journalist who wrote for the Los Angeles Times from 1977 to 1998. Her profiles and criticism have appeared in Artforum, The New York Times, Artnews, Vanity Fair, The Washington Post and Rolling Stone Magazine.

“Everybody has theories about what the show is about, which is great, and it wouldn’t matter if I explained my theory. Things have harmonics, and if you’re true to an idea as much as you can be, then the harmonics will be there and they’ll be truthful even though they may be abstract” David Lynch in the New York Times on his new book, Room to Dream.

Room to Dream
David Lynch & Kristine McKenna
Hardcover
592 pages
Publisher: Canongate Books;
Main edition (19 Jun. 2018)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1782118381
ISBN-13: 978-1782118381
Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 4.8 x 24 cm

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Patti Smith: The New Jerusalem – Bilingual edition – Nexus Library

The New Jerusalem, the latest book by Patti Smith – poet, punk legend and author of the bestsellers Just Kids and M Train – is now available for order. A stunning long prose poem in the tradition of St. John and William Blake, The New Jerusalem presents a prophetic vision of art and humanity, faith and freedom; a vision of escape from the rituals of power and the mechanisms of social control.

Illustrated with colour photographs and art work by Patti Smith, this beautiful hardbound volume is a true collector’s item and will be irresistible to bibliophiles. With an introduction by Rob Riemen exploring the connection between art and spirituality in Patti Smith’s poem and in art more broadly, The New Jerusalem can serve as a reminder of the prophetic power of poetry and a guide to all who need it in these times of resistance.

The New Jerusalem was presented at the Nexus Symposium with Patti Smith ‘An Education in Counterculture’, 26 May 2018 in Amsterdam.

The New Jerusalem, the new book by poet and punk legend Patti Smith. This long prose poem in the tradition of John’s Revelation and the poetry of William Blake shows a prophetic vision of art and humanity, faith and freedom; an image of the escape from the rituals of power and the mechanisms of social control.

This beautiful bilingual (English & Dutch), bound edition features color illustrations and photos by Patti Smith and is irresistible to the real bibliophile. The introduction by Rob Riemen discusses the relationship between art and spirituality in the poem by Patti Smith and in art in a general sense.

Patti Smith
United States, 1946
Patti Smith is a singer and poet. As the ‘Godmother of Punk’, she protested against social conventions, mindless factory labour and the commercialised world with her powerful and controversial music. She grew up with the music of Bob Dylan, lived together with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe and became a familiar face in the turbulent art scene of New York City. In 1974 Smith started performing with guitarist Lenny Kaye, forming the core of The Patti Smith Group. Her debut album Horses (1975) is considered to be one of the most influential albums in the history of rock music. With Bruce Springsteen she wrote Because the Night, her biggest hit. In addition to many albums, Smith also published poetry and books, including Just Kids (2010), her award-winning autobiography on life in New York in the seventies and her relation with Mapplethorpe.

Rob Riemen
The Netherlands, 1962
Rob Riemen is the founder and president of the Nexus Institute, established in 1994. He has also been editor-in-chief of the journal Nexus since its creation in 1991. In Nexus, prominent and original thinkers and writers reflect on important contemporary issues in essays on art, culture, politics and society. Riemen is the author of Nobility of Spirit. A Forgotten Ideal (2008), on the ideals of European humanism, translated into eighteen languages, and To Fight Against this Age (2018), with essays on the eternal return of fascism and on the European spirit.

The New Jerusalem – Bilingual edition – Nexus Library
ISBN: 9789090309798
Publisher: Nexus Institute
Publication Date: May 26th, 2018
Pages: 76
By Patti Smith, Rob Riemen (Introduction By), Onno Kosters (Translator)
Bilingual English-Dutch, hardbound, illustrated colour edition
Translation Onno Kosters (The New Jerusalem), Liz Waters (introduction)
The New Jerusalem is available for sale in the United States at:
McNally Jackson, New York City
Book Culture, New York City
Strand Bookstore, New York City
Rizzoli Bookstore, New York City
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David Hajdu: Positively 4th Street

The story of how four young bohemians on the make – Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Mimi Baez, and Richard Farina – converged in Greenwich Village, fell into love, and invented a sound and a style that are one of the most lasting legacies of the 1960s

When Bob Dylan, age twenty-five, wrecked his motorcycle on the side of a road near Woodstock in 1966 and dropped out of the public eye, he was recognized as a genius, a youth idol, and the authentic voice of the counterculture: and Greenwich Village, where he first made his mark as a protest singer with an acid wit and a barbwire throat, was unquestionably the center of youth culture.

So embedded are Dylan and the Village in the legend of the Sixties–one of the most powerful legends we have these days–that it is easy to forget how it all came about. In Positively Fourth Street, David Hajdu, whose 1995 biography of jazz composer Billy Strayhorn was the best and most popular music book in many seasons, tells the story of the emergence of folk music from cult practice to popular and enduring art form as the story of a colorful foursome: not only Dylan but his part-time lover Joan Baez – the first voice of the new generation; her sister Mimi – beautiful, haunted, and an artist in her own right; and her husband Richard Farina, a comic novelist (Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up To Me) who invented the worldliwise bohemian persona that Dylan adopted–some say stole–and made as his own.

David Hajdu
Positively 4th Street
The Lives and Times of Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Mimi Baez Farina, and Richard Farina
illustrated
English
24x209x141 mm
2011
ISBN10 0312680694
ISBN13 9780312680695
Picador USA
328 pages
paperback

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Robert Lowell, Setting the River on Fire. A Study of Genius, Mania, and Character by Kay Redfield Jamison

In this magisterial study of the relationship between illness and art, the best-selling author of An Unquiet Mind, Kay Redfield Jamison, brings an entirely fresh understanding to the work and life of Robert Lowell (1917-1977), whose intense, complex, and personal verse left a lasting mark on the English language and changed the public discourse about private matters.

In his Pulitzer Prize-winning poetry, Robert Lowell put his manic-depressive illness (now known as bipolar disorder) into the public domain, creating a language for madness that was new and arresting. As Dr. Jamison brings her expertise in mood disorders to bear on Lowell’s story, she illuminates not only the relationships among mania, depression, and creativity but also the details of Lowell’s treatment and how illness and treatment influenced the great work that he produced (and often became its subject).

Lowell’s New England roots, early breakdowns, marriages to three eminent writers, friendships with other poets such as Elizabeth Bishop, his many hospitalizations, his vivid presence as both a teacher and a maker of poems—Jamison gives us the poet’s life through a lens that focuses our understanding of his intense discipline, courage, and commitment to his art. Jamison had unprecedented access to Lowell’s medical records, as well as to previously unpublished drafts and fragments of poems, and she is the first biographer to have spoken with his daughter, Harriet Lowell. With this new material and a psychologist’s deep insight, Jamison delivers a bold, sympathetic account of a poet who was—both despite and because of mental illness—a passionate, original observer of the human condition.

Kay Redfield Jamison is the Dalio Family Professor in Mood Disorders and a professor of psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, as well as an honorary professor of English at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. She is the author of the national best sellers An Unquiet Mind, Night Falls Fast, and Touched with Fire, and is the coauthor of the standard medical text on bipolar disorder, Manic-Depressive Illness: Bipolar Disorders and Recurrent Depression. Dr. Jamison is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Royal Society of Edinburgh and is a recipient of the Lewis Thomas Prize, the Sarnat International Prize in Mental Health from the National Academy of Medicine, and a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship. She is married to Thomas Traill, a cardiologist at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

Robert Lowell, Setting the River on Fire
A Study of Genius, Mania, and Character
By Kay Redfield Jamison
Literary Figure Biographies & Memoirs
Paperback
Feb 06, 2018
560 Pages
$18.95
Published by Vintage
ISBN 9780307744616

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