Christopher Benfey

Christopher Benfey

Christopher Benfey is the Mellon Professor of En­glish at Mount Holyoke. His most recent book is IF: The Untold Story of Kipling’s American Years.
 (February 2021)

John Cage and Merce Cunningham, France, 1970

The Opposite of Ordinary


a documentary film directed by Alla Kovgan

Dancing with Merce Cunningham

by Marianne Preger-Simon, with a foreword by Stuart Hodes and an afterword by Alastair Macaulay

Diary: How to Improve the World (You Will Only Make Matters Worse)

by John Cage, edited by Joe Biel and Richard Kraft, with an afterword by David W. Rose

Love, Icebox: Letters from John Cage to Merce Cunningham

with a foreword, commentary, and afterword by Laura Kuhn

Merce Cunningham: After the Arbitrary

by Carrie Noland

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July 2, 2020 issue

Vincent van Gogh: Flowering Plum Orchard (After Hiroshige), 1887

Is It Like Japan Yet?

Van Gogh and Japan

by Louis van Tilborgh, Nienke Bakker, Cornelia Homburg, Tsukasa Kōdera, and Chris Uhlenbeck, with a contribution by Claire Guitton

Japan’s Love for Impressionism: From Monet to Renoir

edited by the Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany

December 20, 2018 issue

Robert Frank: Sick of Goodby’s, 1978; from The Lines of My Hand

Coffins and Jukeboxes

American Witness: The Art and Life of Robert Frank

by R.J. Smith

Robert Frank: Film Works

edited by Laura Israel

The Lines of My Hand

by Robert Frank

August 16, 2018 issue

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