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Every Force Evolves a Form: Twenty Essays

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Guy Davenport demonstrates his unparalleled critical vision as he interprets art, literature, and culture

In this collection of 20 essays, Guy Davenport applies his insightful gaze and critical wisdom to topics including modern art and the effects of the automobile on contemporary society. His work ranges from “What Are Those Monkeys Doing?” in which he links the paintings
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Unknown Binding, 171 pages
Published January 1st 1987 by North Point Press
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Eric
Mar 14, 2013 Eric rated it it was amazing
Shelves: criticism, essays
A core of three intense near-manifestoes – “The Artist as Critic,” “The Scholar as Critic,” “The Critic as Artist” – surrounded by occasional essay-reviews which show us Montaigne’s Italian journey (a “medicine-and-book-laden coach set out for Rome…”), the props and repertoire of third-century Alexandrian mimes, Nabokov teaching Don Quixote at Harvard (“Nabokov was lecturing in the hotbed of Spanish romanticizing. Lowell and Longfellow had invented a Spain which has stuck in the American imagina ...more
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Feb 02, 2008 Josh rated it it was amazing
Shakers + Charles Ives + Joyce + Levi-Strauss.
Says hilarious old man things about cars.
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Aug 19, 2011 Robespierre Cat rated it it was amazing
I thought this book was terrific. I was meeting a fellow for lunch and I picked it up at a used bookstore and the day had a magical quality free of the deadening reality of all the gunk in my ordinary life. It carried that on for pages. If you like essays you'll like it.
Dyche Mullins
Jun 10, 2016 Dyche Mullins rated it really liked it
My second favorite book of essays by Davenport (after "Geography of the Imagination"). The title --a quote from Mother Ann Lee-- is great, but it is the cover art that really captures the essence of the book. The cover depicts a Celtic copy of a Roman coin in which the copyist has misread the head of a Roman emperor as a highly stylized horse. The unifying theme of the essays in this collection is the power of art and imagination to preserve and transmit culture; as well as the inevitable mutati ...more
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Oct 30, 2008 Ashish rated it it was amazing
A beautiful cover for a beautiful book - I find it impossible to resist the North Point Press titles almost on the strengths of their visual appeal - here one of my favorite literary critics gets to range far and wide on anything that crosses his fancy - and almost all of it sings and soars.
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