Q&A Kevin Smokler, author of Practical Classics, a journey through re-reading the classic books of our high school reading assignments, and taking a new joy in them in adulthood. Having just finished a month-long project for the New Haven Review of reading a classic short story each day for a month, and then writing about them, this book struck me as a fascinating long-form variation on my short project. Herewith is an interview with Smokler about his book and project.
The Secret History of Art – Noah Charney on Art Crimes and Art Historical Mysteries
One of The Secret History of Art’s former students, Kirsten Hower, is the inventor of a clever new handmade, wearable fashion statement for students, fans, and enthusiasts of art crime and its study. She hand-paints shoes (and other items of clothing on request) with reproductions of famous stolen art, and the results are impressive. We spoke to her about her inspiration.
The Secret History of Art writes the popular weekly interview series, How I Write, for The Daily Beast. Select interviews in the series that do not run in The Daily Beast appear here. This one, with French translator and author Jacqueline Raoul-Duval, is offered in French and English (with thanks to Dr Diane Joy Charney in the translation). Learn about Raoul-Duval’s habits, writing techniques, tips, and her latest hit book, Kafka in Love.
“Secret sauce” may be defined as an “elusive quality that makes something distinctive or special, giving it an advantage against rivals.” It may also be defined as a “sauce the recipe of which is secret.”
As the sun clips through the heavy mist, the dew-damp ferns brush against my feet, on the forested slope of the alpine woodland through which I walk at the ungodly hour of 6am. Beside me walks my mother-in-law, stooped in concentration, oblivious to everything around her, including my complaints of lack of coffee and sodden trousers. She is a master mushroom hunter, and she is on the trail.
This weekend the New York Times featured an article about the Art Loss Register, a for-profit organization part-owned by auction houses, which helps people and institutions recover stolen art. The article was interesting and made clear why so many people within the world of art investigation, policing, and security find the ALR to be problematic.