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Image above: Vik Muniz

A Bar at the Folies-Bergère after Édouard Manet, from the Pictures of Magazines 2 series, 2012.

Out of the refuse of modern life—torn scraps of outdated magazines, destined for obscurity—Muniz has assembled an ode to one of the first paintings of modern life. Édouard Manet’s A Bar at the Folies-Bergère, painted in 1882, explores the treachery of nineteenth-century Parisian nightlife through the depiction of a bartender attending to a male patron reflected in the mirror behind her. Muniz plays on Manet’s style, replacing Manet’s visible brushstrokes with the frayed edges of torn paper and lending the work immense visual interest.

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DOG STAR is the creation of a high school English teacher in New York City. This blog began in 2008 as an online community for a journalism class and has since evolved into a curated site on the creative arts, arts-related news and a guide to free and low-cost events for teens. Our mission is to offer teens real-life options for enjoying all the creative arts in New York City. May wisdom guide you and hope sustain you. The more you like art, the more art you like!

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Sunday, October 4, 2015

Stories from the Road (Junot Diaz)

In "The End of the Tour," Jason Segel stars as David Foster Wallace on a life-changing promotional trip. We asked authors to recount their own memorable moments from the road. Here, they write about empty chairs and packed houses; readers asking for fashion advice; and poignant connections between writer and audience.
Junot Díaz

I remember my first book event in Boston. Two people attended, one of them my boy Shuya. Despite all the empty chairs, he said, I’m proud of you, brother. I remember the young woman at Union Square, how she had been planning to buy a book for her boyfriend but then spotted him at the head of the line holding hands with another girl. Will you still sign a book for him? she asked, tears in her eyes. Tell him he’ll never see me again. I remember all the teachers who brought their students to my readings, the ones who didn’t want to ask questions and the ones who had written them out for me. I remember the two Navajo brothers who’d had it rougher than most and how eager they were to talk about books; and the doña in London who had been living in that city more than 20 years and wanted the audience to know there were Dominicans in London, yes there were.
But what I remember most are the young people. Especially the kids of color, who spend their lives erased. Looking for themselves in books, in the literature, in the canon, and not finding anything. Not a trace. I don’t like to read, they tell me, but I read your book to the end.
I remember one young Dominican woman in particular, from Lawrence, Mass., with a nose piercing that looked infected. After a long silence she said, You saved my life, you really really did. Embarrassed, she hurried to go and I tried to say something, anything. Books saved my life too, they did. They really really did.
But words failed me.

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