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Diane Arbus: A Biography

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2011

    Did you even like her?

    Why choose to write about an artist you don't seem to like? While dense with material about her life, there are early overtones of anti-semeticism in discussion of her family and a sense that Bosworth is a distant viewer, reportage.

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  • Posted May 16, 2009

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    too much info/not enough info

    This book is packed with details that reveal very little about its subject. It's the superficial saga of her life, seeming to cover everything, but just scratching the surface. I knew very little about Ms Arbus before reading it. Now I know where all she lived and what all she did, but not why she did anything. I didn't like the woman presented in this book. I didn't feel sorry for her, or admire her, or understand her, or relate to her at all. Furthermore, I couldn't even come to appreciate her work, as not one of her photographs was shown in this book. So, was she a tortured, frustrated, self-important, obsessive, hedonistic, boring woman who killed herself so she wouldn't have to face growing up and getting old. This book made me want to read a better book to find out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2000

    Highly recommended

    This selection is very well written and a smooth read. It offers insight into the psyche of a wonderful and tortured artist while providing a fascinating glimpse into the New York art world of the 1950's. Never a dull moment.

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