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  • ISBN-13: 9781413481358
  • Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
  • Publication date: 8/28/2005
  • Pages: 244
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.55 (d)

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  • Posted December 14, 2009

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    Musings of a Cultural Polymath

    The title of this book, "Creative Genius", could easily be applied to the author who is a living, breathing Renaissance man interested in Everything. This book is especially brilliant because it is written in a masterfully quiet, subdued manner without bluster, without pretence. The author is the heir to John Ruskin and the style of "Creative Genius" is reminiscent, not of Nietzche (though Mr Conte is renowned Nietzsche scholar) but of Ruskin and not the Ruskin of "Modern Painters" or "Stones of Venice" but the Ruskin of the late fragment "Praeterita", one of Proust's stylistic models. And Mr Conte is a kind of Proust because it is to Proust that one goes to be entertained with an encyclopedic knowledge of literature, music, and the plastic arts. . . . The insights into the painters of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries are stunning. For example, Mr Conte finds in Caravaggio who was an exact contemporary of Shakespeare and Cervantes a precursor of Jean Genet-- both were homosexuals and both were thieves. Sartre, who wrote the massive psycho-biography "Saint Genet Criminel et Martyr" (1952) says in 600 pages what Mr Conte elegantly says in a paragraph. . . . . The only fault that I see in the book is a too limited appreciation of some major composers most notably Mahler. Mr Conte has a limited tolerance for Mahler. But so does Klemperer who conducted the Second Symphony but could not stand the others. . . . I wouldn't know how to improve this urbane, understated compendium of little notes put together with such good taste and freshness. The next step for Mr Conte would perhaps be a formal treatise on the arts like Kant's "Critique of Judgement" or Edmund Burke's treatise on the sublime. And Mr Conte is one of the few modern authors who could make such a book interesting and enjoyable for the cultivated reader.

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