IN THE REVIEW

Poussin in Texas

Poussin, The Early Years in Rome: The Origins of French Classicism September 24–November 27, 1988.

an exhibition at the Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, Texas,, Catalog of the exhibition by Konrad Oberhuber, foreword by Edmund P. Pillsbury
To see the early works of one of the greatest of seventeenth-century painters inside a late work by one of the greatest of twentieth-century architects has its own heady appropriateness. In their art Nicolas Poussin and Louis Kahn, the architect of the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, aimed at …

The Professor Knows

Is There a Text in This Class? The Authority of Interpretive Communities

by Stanley Fish
Stanley Fish is a prominent professor of English who now teaches at Johns Hopkins University; he is a seventeenth-century scholar of distinction and a force among those literary critics who not merely assert but exercise the broader claims of their subject. In Is There a Text in This Class? he …

Was Freud a Crypto-Biologist?

Freud, Biologist of the Mind: Beyond the Psychoanalytic Legend

by Frank J. Sulloway
Freud, Biologist of the Mind is not a modest work. With four appendices and a compendious bibliography it runs to over six hundred pages. Nor is its author, Frank J. Sulloway, a modest writer. In the “Preface and Guide to the Reader” he tells how in writing the book he …

The Cabinet of Dr. Lacan

Ecrits: A Selection

by Jacques Lacan, translated by Alan Sheridan

The Four Fundamental Concepts of Psycho-Analysis

by Jacques Lacan, edited by Jacques-Alain Miller, translated by Alan Sheridan
It is commonly said, by way of depreciating Freud, that he left us not a new science of man but a new picture of man. He opened our eyes. This is to give Freud less than his due, but also more. For there is no complete picture of man that …

Trouble in Freedonia

The Cultural Contradictions of Capitalism

by Daniel Bell
To the tardy reviewer each new notice that comes his way may offer a temptation to revise his estimate, up or down. Keeping up with the critical acclaim that has greeted Professor Daniel Bell’s The Cultural Contradictions of Capitalism, I have had to ask myself, over and over again, what …

Art & Life With the Rich

Self-Portrait with Donors: Confessions of an Art Collector

by John Walker

Another Part of the Wood: A Self-Portrait

by Kenneth Clark
Though it can have been no part of their original intention, both these books unexpectedly make one think. Cast in a form appropriate to the recollections of a diner-out, they still lead one to ask such questions as: What is art? What is justice? even What is a life? When …