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Dark Glasses and Bifocals

Stanley Cavell, The World Viewed, Reflections on the Ontology of Film (New York: The Viking Press, 1971), 174 pages, softbound.

Stephen Koch, Star-Gazer, Andy Warhol’s World and His Films (New York: Praeger Publishers, Inc.), 155 pages, 51 black-and-white illustrations, hardbound.

HOLDING IN CHECK THE ADAGE about books and their covers, I find myself fascinated by the very look of the two works lying before me. The cover of the one called The World Viewed is white with very thin, very decorous lettering. A handdrawn eye, with half its pupil black-and-white and the other half prismatically colored, separates its major title from the smaller, but similarly reticent lettering of the subhead, which reads. “Reflections on the Ontology of Film”; and then after a small space comes, “Stanley Cavell,” the name of its author. The cover of the other book is chaotic and inelegant—an art director’s

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