John R. Killacky

Book Review: “Thom Gunn: A Cool Queer Life” — A Poet Who Spoke to Unbearable Loss

June 15, 2024
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This is not a dry, academic look at Thom Gunn’s life: the biographer supplies a loving — though at times unflinchingly honest — view of the self-punishing poet.

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Book Review: The Life and Times of Keith Haring, An Iconic Artist

March 5, 2024
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This biography of Keith Haring is a compendium of vivid, first-person narratives that provide an engaging insider’s perspective on the artist’s life.

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Book Review: “Lou Reed: The King of New York” — The First Monarch of Indie/Alt Rock

October 19, 2023
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Will Hermes reveres Lou Reed’s music, and he expounds on his love in this voluminous, well-researched biography.

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Visual Arts Feature: Fluxus Artist Nye Ffarrabas Turns 91 — Celebrating “The Friday Book of White Noise”

June 16, 2023
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Nye Ffarrabas and others in Fluxus created intermedia events that pushed the boundaries of prevailing norms in painting, sculpture, poetry, music, architecture, and theater.

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Television Review: “Nam June Paik: Moon Is the Oldest TV” — An Artist Who Humanized Technology

May 10, 2023
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An avant-garde iconoclast, Nam June Paik once said “It’s an artist’s job to think about the future.”

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