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A Decade of Negative Thinking: Essays on Art, Politics, and Daily Life Paperback – January 25, 2010
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About the Author
Mira Schor is a painter, writer, and teacher living in New York. She is the author of Wet: On Painting, Feminism, and Art Culture and an editor of The Extreme of the Middle: The Writings of Jack Tworkov (forthcoming) and M/E/A/N/I/N/G: An Anthology of Artists’ Writings, Theory, and Criticism, also published by Duke University Press. Schor is a recipient of the College Art Association’s Frank Jewett Mather Award in Art Criticism.
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P. Brown, Brooklyn, NY
I loved this book of essays by Mira Schor. She has an engaging, witty way of weaving personal observations and anecdotes into her writing. Not only is this book full of brilliant insights and intelligent ideas, it is enjoyable to read.
Schor covers a variety of subjects--feminism, politics, and art--treating them all with originality and humor. One hilarious segment offers like-minded liberals a fresh perspective on the inglorious years of the Bush administration. Descriptions of parodies from television, YouTube, and emails satirize the times with a light touch, allowing the reader to visualize the situations and appreciate the jokes.
As a painter, I am attracted to Schor's ideas about the current art world and some of its absurdities. I am validated by her intelligent, well-documented arguments supporting "Modest Painting," that is, paint-on-canvas art. Another wonderful essay is "Weather Conditions In Lower Manhattan," written after 9/11. It describes the tragic occurrence on that day and the following weeks from Schor's point of view and is a compelling and moving essay--a classic worth treasuring as a remembrance.
Even the footnotes throughout the book provide an abundance of fascinating information and make good reading in themselves.
I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in contemporary life and art!