GRETCHEN SCHMID writes reviews and criticism about art, music, dance, and literature in translation. She works as a literary sub-agent and lives in Brooklyn.
The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone is a work of art history and art criticismamong several other genresbut it contains very few images. At the beginning of each chapter, we find just a single black-and-white photograph of the principal artist who will be discussed.
Gauguin is one of six artists featured in Jamie James’s new group biography-essay-memoir-history book, The Glamour of Strangeness: Artists and the Last Age of the Exotic. The other five artists, like Gauguin, fled their dull or stultifying home countries in search of new, more “exotic” homes, whose very strangeness would allow them to reach new creative frontiers.
On a recent trip to Ecuador, I met a couple whose marriage took place in both French and German. She was from Berlin and he was from Paris. They each spoke the other’s language fluently, if not flawlessly, and had decided to enforce an alternate-day system.