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Its 6:00 on a Thursday night in late March, and Norman Siegel is speaking at a small campaign fund-raiser at the Bowery Poetry Club. The Dance Liberation Front organized the event, and the room is filled with a collection of activist types, who some might view as oddballs and misfits but who proudly call themselves deviants for Norm, as one speaker puts it.
On the brink of working class and student insurgency, Guy Debord published The Society of the Spectacle (1967), his best-known text, a work that would become the radical book of the decade, perhaps the most radical radical book ever written. Utterly original in composition, its 221 strange theses give us stirring crescendos of literary power, compelling evocations of an epoch in which unity spelt division, essence appearance, truth falsity.
Art In Conversation
Carolee Schneemann, a multidisciplinary artist, transformed the definition of art in the 1960s, especially discourse on the body, sexuality, and gender.
It has been clear for some time now that the American people love artthe museums are choked with visitors and the art market is boomingbut hate artists, who are widely regarded as elitist troublemakers.
Books In Conversation
Writer and publisher Dennis Loy Johnson is the creator of the literary weblog MobyLives.com and the founder of Melville House Books, which he launched with his wife, Valerie Merians, in 2002.
In March 2003, Jazz at Lincoln Center hosted a forum titled Jazz and Social Protest that drew a predominantly black, standing-room-only crowd.
In her delightful memoir, Dancing with Cuba, Alma Guillermoprieto remembers her first years spent dancing in New York, including early morning practices of Twyla Tharps Medley on Central Parks Great Lawn.