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The Sight of Death: An Experiment in Art Writing Paperback – April 15, 2008
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His response to these paintings and his own emotions dwells on "Affliction, misfortune, distress-of course Landscape with a Snake matters preeminently, and has held my attention so long, because it is my example of a coming to terms with the horror of nature that posits a "Huerte, huerte" ["Today, today" referring to Bach's Actus Tragicus] here in the horror, now in the moment of revulsion."
The horrors, to me, are smallish in the whole of Poussin's landscapes, somewhat like Breughel's Landscape with the Fall of Icarus.
I am not moved by Clark's socio-philosophy, but his writing is fluid and personal to some extent.
Oh, yes, page 103. Nothing Professor Clark did. The publisher, on the other hand, needs to be made aware that pages 103-118 are missing and pages 119-134 were inserted twice. This means that anyone who buys this book online runs the risk of receiving a poor copy. Of course, the missing pages most likely can be had from the publisher, but even so the interruption is pretty annoying. I wouldn't mind so much if the writing was bad or banal (or both), but Professor Clark's book has legs and is deserving of better care from the publisher.
On the other hand, one can have a surrealistic good time trying to make sense out of the sentence created by the missing pages: "Various corrections, then, as I check my intuitions against the facts; but the point about the screen of trees in Snake can just about stand -- at worms always lurking in buds) into something else."