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Lily (joy1) | 717 comments Message from our December Hostess:

Please save a couple of hours from your busy holiday schedule to join us for our traditional holiday gathering for brunch, gift exchange, and discussion of An Object of Beauty by Steve Martin.

Saturday, December 19--arrive between 9:30 and 10:00 am.

Hostess: will supply coffee and juice (plus bubbly to upgrade to a Mimosa or Bellini) and since C. cannot be here, I will bake her delicious egg-chile-cheese breakfast casserole. Please let me know what your culinary contribution will be.

Theme for our gift exchange is (of course) "An Object of Beauty." Bring a wrapped but untagged item. (view spoiler)

RSVPs necessary (soon, please) to determine number of attendees and avoid duplicating menu items.

Though C and JB cannot attend, I hope to see the rest of you. (Out-of-towners: we will be thinking of you and wishing you could be with us!)

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Lily (joy1) | 717 comments A couple of reviews of An Object of Beauty:

A bit of interesting background on Steve Martin from NYT:

A review from the NYT:

Lily (joy1) | 717 comments More on Steve Martin and our book choice:

Martin's personal art collection was on view in 2001 at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas: Works by Picasso, Roy Lichtenstein, David Hockney, and more.


"Right, that's what I think makes art - really great art - great, is that you can never quite sum it up in a sentence," Martin said. "You think you can, but once you have done that, the painting is then dead. It's done.

"So, great paintings live on, because they're not quite explicable," he said.

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Lily (joy1) | 717 comments NPR interview:

Ron Charles at the Washington Post:

For Niki de Saint Phalle link see this instead:

...Since the 1970s, art schools shied away from teaching skills and concentrated on teaching thought. . . . Diversity bounced around like spilled marbles on concrete."

Lily (joy1) | 717 comments Other recent books that have been best sellers or that are by an author we have encountered before and that deal with the NY art world:

By Nightfall by Michael Cunningham The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner

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