From the Editor’s Desk: The Mess at the Met — Resolved?

Frank in action in a scene from "Frank."

Frank in action in a scene from “Frank.”

Despite commentary to the contrary, Jonathan Blumhofer thinks that in the negotiations between the Met management and the unions there was a winner and a loser. John Taylor has contributed an interesting piece on a volume by one of the leading Romanian poets of the 20th century, Gellu Naum. “Naum does not use the heterogeneous juxtapositions of surrealism to create something jocular, absurd, prankish, or gratuitously paradoxical,” argues Taylor, “but to fashion a new kind of symbolic order that draws on autobiographical material.” Design is on the mind of Mark Favermann, who comments on the overdue creation of Design Museum Boston. Gerald Peary finds the film Frank to be an eccentric entertainment about musicians on the edge of sanity. And there is a review of a production (via New Hamphsire’s Peterborough Players) of Granville-Barker’s The Voysey Inheritance, a splendid (and timely) study of a family struggling to put their lives together after the death of its patriarch — a turn-of-the-century Bernie Madoff.

Bill Marx

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