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Elizabeth Peyton

ELIZABETH PEYTON

I was going to write about two books I got at the bookstore yesterday: Journey to the Abyss: The Diaries of Count Harry Kessler, 1880–1918 (Vintage) and Janet Malcolm’s Forty-One False Starts: Essays on Artists and Writers (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), which both look like great, engrossing reads, but . . . then I was reminded that I still haven’t even gotten around to the Victoria and Albert Museum’s “David Bowie is” catalogue. Edited by the exhibition’s curators, Victoria Broackes and Geoffrey Marsh, the volume includes so many amazing writers—Jon Savage, Camille Paglia, and others. And the pictures! They are mesmerizing, considering Bowie from many different directions, but not from a distance. Bowie’s story is so moving, so far inside of us. . . . It’s incredible to see the love so pronounced, so emphatic, that led to the creation of the show and

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