Thursday, March 18, 2010

BotD: Secret Lives of Great Artists

. . . . True Tales of Murder, Forgery, Trickery and Great Art

This was a holiday gift from a dear friend - the kind of friend who loves a good scandal and better art as much as I do!

This is one of those universal books for anyone who can read the language. It is clever, witty, full of character and characters and each little tale is short and concise. It's the kind of book you can keep in the bathroom to read while you're brushing your teeth or keep in the car for those interminable roadblocks.

It's also the kind of book that can make you sound smarter at cocktail parties - most people probably don't know that Michelangelo thought bathing would make you ill and had trouble keeping assistants because of his ridiculously foul odor.

Do people who don't live in tarabuland still have cocktail parties? You know, those civilized affairs where you count how many people can fit in your abode and you invite two less than that many. Where people arrive at 7 and leave at 9 and expect h'ors doeurves and canapes, but not a meal. Where people don't yak in the azaleas on the way out.

Do these affairs still exist? I sure hope so.

1 comment:

Marlene said...

Sounds like a very interesting book. To answer your question I have not heard of anyone having a cocktail party in ages. I think it has been replaced with the Wine Tasting Party.

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