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Tod Volpe is the author of Treasures of the American Arts and Crafts Movement, 1890-1920. He lives in New York City.
Posted September 20, 2003
After reading Framed, 'America's Art Dealer To The Stars Tells All' (received for review)I am left with a haunting feeling about the world I was brought up. High society meant great success to the children of the 60's and it appears that Mr. Volpe's memoir is a story with an important message about striving too high, too hard and too fast. But beyond that, there are notions we are all taught to live by, things we are told to believe in, places we are supposed to go and people we should meet. Stardom holds a fast and furious hold on people of our generation as witnessed by the day to day barrage of stardrum that is thrown at us in every direction. What I find fascinating about Tod Volpe's memoir is his ability to talk about himself... to site specific examples of his own life's journey while also shedding life on our own... it takes an experienced eye to do this and I for one, have enjoyed his book immensely. To me it is a tale that almost any person in America will relate to... and although the book is filled with passages that may or not ring true because the author's life and experiences were so rarified, where he came from and what he was striving for, isn't. We all have a dream, as Mr. Volpe expresses in FRAMED and if we pursue that dream with our eyes wide open but heart and mind shut, what we get there if and when we do may not be what it seems. Illusion plays a big part in this book as it does in our lives. It is for this reason, since the mirror cracks in Tod Volpe's tale are we able to see ourselves and what is around us more clearly. I highly recommend this book and feel that it deserves to be placed in the forefront of Barnes & Noble's New Biography and Non-Fiction. And as I read more and more about it in he newspapers and magazines... it seems the rest of New York City agrees with me. Jane Bernard/Author 'Fine Tuning'Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.