September 14, 2011

weekend-reads Being Good Ancestors

Reflections of Arts Funding since World War II Afterword to the twenty-fifth anniversary edition of The Gift Around 1978 I wrote a letter to a poet I had never met, Robert Hass, telling him how much I liked an essay about James Wright that he had just published in a little magazine. Hass kindly wrote back and, among other things, told me that The Kenyon Review was about to start publishing again after a hiatus of almost a decade. I took the hint, and sent the editors a chapter of a book I was in the midst of writing about art's place in a commercial culture. Thus it was that the first chapter of The Gift was published in the first issue of the Review's “new series.” I worked on The Gift from 1977 to 1982, and it was finally published in 1983. It contains very little topical detail from those years, my hope at the time being to write what might be called a “prophetic essay,” a rather grand way of saying that I intended to describe something that was the case, no matter the

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Longitudinal Study

By JP Grasser

Reflections of Arts Funding since World War II Afterword to the twenty-fifth anniversary edition of The Gift Around 1978 I wrote a letter to a poet I had never met, […]

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