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KNOWING WHEN TO STOP: A Memoir

Rorem, Ned

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ISBN 10: 0684804409 / ISBN 13: 9780684804408
Verlag: Touchstone September 1, 19
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Titel: KNOWING WHEN TO STOP: A Memoir

Verlag: Touchstone September 1, 19

Einband: Paperback

Zustand:Very Good

Auflage: 1st Edition

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One of America's most brilliant composers and diarists recreates the vibrancy, intrigues, and extraordinary accomplishments of the art world, the gay world, and the music world in New York and Paris during the 1940s and 1950s, offering vivid portraits of Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, Paul and Jane Bowles, Truman Capote, and other leading figures of his generation. Photos.

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Rorem is arguably this century's finest American composer of art songs--but better known to readers as the author of the remarkably candid, irresistibly readable The Paris and New York Diaries. Admitting he was a ravishing youth, he scandalized 1940s New York and Paris by his nonstop drinking and avid sex with any man who would share his sheets. He writes brilliantly, illuminating what could be dull moments with unknown people--as well as offering marvelously frank portraits of household names, among them Jean Cocteau, Aaron Copland, Jerome Robbins, Martha Graham, Truman Capote, Virgil Thomson, Igor Stravinsky, Billie Holliday and Paul Bowles. All this, and a constant flicker of outrageous opinions too. One reads on, paralyzed with pleasure by the flashing intelligence, the exact, colorful mot , the endless quotability. Why a memoir, and what does it add to the diaries--especially since it covers only Rorem's first 27 chock-a-block years? "A memoir is not a diary. Diaries are written in the heat of battle, memoirs in the repose of retrospect." So the reader enjoys not only a whirlwind picture of bohemian artistic life during and just after WWII, but a touching self-portrait of an elderly semi-recluse, happily "married" now for decades, utterly abstemious of booze, reliving a madcap youth with only occasional regrets. The reader also enjoys Rorem's quotability: "Minor artists borrow, great ones steal. All art is theft." "People seldom change as they age, they just get more as they always were.""I compose as I do because no one else is making quite the sound I need to hear." Rorem has marvelous fun classifying everything as either German (which he dislikes) or French (which he loves). "This book fails," he concludes, "because it is all Content without Style, and Content is German while Style is French." Wrong. His memoir overflows with both. Photos not seen by PW.
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