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Art and Madness by Anne Roiphe
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Jul 29, 2011

This book gives you quite a romp through the late 50s, early 60s in the New York City art world. I'm not sure how to rate it because while I found it interesting, it was also somewhat depressing to see how young women threw their lives and energy into the men, supporting them through their creative endeavors, drinking binges and womanizing. As the author put it..."all the women there were like the flowers on the tables at a wedding, wilting, waiting to be thrown out". It's well written and it jumps around chronologically but paints a picture of that unique NY art scene in the early 60s. The author, Ann Roiphe, shares so honestly about her life and how she finds her way through this time. I walked away relating to all her experiences...the wild parties, the searching for herself and finally discovering her own beautiful talent.

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