by James Franco
Two more books for the summer are Jennifer Egan’s A Visit From the Goon Squad and Martha Buskirk’s Creative Enterprise. The first is a book of fiction that anyone interested in how we’ve been living in this country for the past 30 years will enjoy. It is the perfect blend of accessible writing, innovative design and literary pedigree. The other book is about contemporary art. It’s not for everyone, but if you’re interested in how that confusing thing called the ‘art world’ operates, it is a great guide. Buskirk examines the heterogeneous contemporary art world where everything from performance instructions to diamond encrusted skulls is sold for big money. It breaks down the art business and art-making in a way that will enlighten ignorant scoffers and challenge inside practitioners.
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