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An Emergency in Slow Motion by William Todd Schultz
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Sep 30, 2011

it was ok

Very depressing...comparing Arbus to Sylvia Plath. I think Arbus was a tortured genius, whose demons were made worse by medication and bad relationships. This book was full of a lot of psychobabble, not just a telling of her life. I also found the lack of photographs annoying; when the author described one, I had to go online to look it up to see exactly what he was describing. That was quite annoying.

If Arbus had lived in a different era, perhaps her suicide could have been prevented by better therapy and meds. But then -- would she have had the impact on the photographic world that she did?

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Reading Progress

September 30, 2011 – Shelved
March 3, 2012 – Started Reading
March 3, 2012 –
page 45
17.58% "pretty slow going...not impressed so far"
March 5, 2012 – Finished Reading

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