May 30, 2010



Mark,After reading your review, which was excellent, I got the impression Ms. Cusk was trying to dig her way out of the tunnel she had created. Having three brothers, all failures in their attempts at art, is a very deep hole. Her attempts to shine some light on the subject of art made the well even murkier, as you point out, with those mind-numbing abstractions. It didn't have to be that way. She could have had one of the three failures succeed at something, show the contrast, how through luck or perseverance or a combination thereof (as it happens in real life) one of them created a work of art. An interesting dynamic might have been set in motion, the bitterness and resentment, the envy and regret, the hatred, even, any of which might have unleashed some drama. Even Tolstoy, were he alive, might not have nodded off---as you yourself might have were you not writing a review.

Frederic Beil

What is your street address for review copies?

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