Given the glut of autobiographies, a provocative subject alone isn't enough to snag a reader's attention, although, admittedly, the title of Charles Rowan Beye's new memoir, My Husband and My Wives, is certainly arresting. It's Beye's charming raconteur's voice, however, and his refusal to bend anecdotes into the expected "lessons" that really make this memoir such a knockout.
Beye won me over in his "Introduction" when he admitted that, looking back at the long span of his life — he's now over 80 — the big question he still asks himself is, "What was that all about?"
Back to school means homework, sports, and often times, a barrage of invitations to birthday parties and bar mitzvahs. Guest host Celeste Headlee talks about how parents can best handle sticky social situations from gifts to guest lists. She speaks with moms Karen Grigsby Bates, Leslie Morgan Steiner, Dani Tucker and Aracely Panameno.
Set during Prohibition, Live by Night is Dennis Lehane's fast-paced chronicle of Joe Coughlin, son of a corrupt Boston police superintendent and self-described outlaw. The book follows Joe from his days as a small-time gangster in Boston through a hitch in prison, where he earns the friendship of an Italian mobster.
The best memoirs transcend the strictly personal. New York Times columnist Alex Witchel's book All Gone, about one of the hottest topics among baby boomers — caring for our aging parents — comes across as boomerish in a bad way: self-absorbed and immature, as if she's the first to suffer this sort of stress and loss.
Alfredo Ramos Martinez painted <em>Head of a Nun</em>, tempera on newspaper, in 1934.
Credit Gerard Vuilleumier / The Alfredo Ramos Martinez Research Project, Reproduced by Permission
Felix Gonzalez-Torres' untitled 1991 work consists of a stack of papers, each with a tiny excerpt from <em>The New York Times</em> printed in the center. Visitors are invited to take a piece of paper from the work home with them.
Credit James Franklin / The Felix Gonzalez-Torres Foundation, Courtesy of Andrea Rosen Gallery
In his 1912 collage <em>Guitar, Sheet Music, and Glass,</em> Pablo Picasso included a fragment of the French paper <em>Le Journal</em><em>.</em>
Credit 2012 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS)
Marine Hugonnier's 2005 work,<em> Art for Modern Architecture (Homage to Ellsworth Kelly),</em> makes a collage of a week's worth of front pages and cutouts from an art book.
Credit National Gallery of Art
In <em>The Good News, </em>Jim Hodges covers the Aug. 6, 2008, edition of a newspaper published in Amman, Jordan, in 24-carat gold.
Credit Courtesy of Gladstone Gallery, New York, Copyright Jim Hodges
In his 1970 work <em>Untitled (Diver)</em>, Paul Thek uses acrylic on newspaper. The newspaper buckles under the paint, making waves beneath the diver.
The print newspaper industry may be struggling, but newsprint is alive and well on the walls of a new exhibition at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. The show is called "Shock of the News" — and it examines a century's worth of interaction between artists and the journals of their day.