Some of the twentieth century's most important artists and writers-from Jackson Pollock to Saul Steinberg, Fairfield Porter to Jean Stafford-lived and worked on the East End of Long Island. The home they made there would affect their creative work for years to come. Pollock found there a connection to nature that inspired some of the most significant painting of our time. James Schuyler and Frank O'Hara found companionship and raw material for their poems on South Main Street and the city train. Willem de Kooning rode his bike every day to Gardiner's Bay, where the light informed every brushstroke he put to canvas from the early 1960s on. Through searching, lyrical vignettes, critic and poet Robert Long mixes storytelling with history to recreate these lives and events that shaped American art and literature.
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by Jeff Long
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"Follow Grover Gardner to the Hamptons of the 1960s, where you'll find American abstract expressionists--De Kooning, Pollock, and others--struggling with their art and their addictions in a famed artist's colony. Gardner, as usual, delivers the prose with depth and alacrity, painting rich word pictures and anecdotes of daily life and the artistic chaos that led to later--often posthumous--fame. With his narrative skills, Gardner takes what could be a mildly informative account and delivers a cinematic audio treatment of these debauched characters, guiding us on a tour of their creative minds through the lens of their daily lives at this time and place. D.J.B. (c) AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine"
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