PRINT Summer 2015


Summer Reading


I’ve spent countless hours listening to Bob and Ray, first on the original radio broadcasts, later on cassette tape or CD compilations of their greatest routines. I don’t know of any other comedy as mesmerizing or closer to the spirit of art—that ability to make a whole world out of a few ingredients. I love them extravagantly. Bob and Ray, Keener Than Most Persons by David Pollock (Applause Books) is the first behind-the-scenes study of how the duo generated their material and shaped it into such casual sublimity. I’m cheating a little, as this under-the-radar book came out in 2013—but isn’t humor always in season?

David Salle is a New York–based artist.


When I saw Einstein on the Beach more than thirty years ago, I experienced for the first time the stunned sensation that I had witnessed something tremendous in the art of our time. The 2012 production at the Brooklyn Academy of Music confirmed that reaction. I read in the program that the 1976 tour had put Robert Wilson and Philip Glass deeply in debt; as a result, Glass, then thirty-nine, went back to driving a cab in New York. Floored by that image, I wondered, “Did they realize what they had done?” I couldn’t get the question out of my mind. I can’t wait to find out if Glass’s new memoir, Words Without Music (Liveright), holds the answer.

Ann Temkin is the Marie-Josée and Henry Kravis Chief Curator of painting and sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.