May 7th, 2008

Chris Keeley

Bright Shiny Morning (Hardcover)

One of the most celebrated and controversial authors in America delivers his first novel—a sweeping chronicle of contemporary Los Angeles that is bold, exhilarating, and utterly original. 


Bright Shiny Morning (Hardcover)



Dozens of characters pass across the reader's sight lines—some never to be seen again—but James Frey lingers on a handful of LA's lost souls and captures the dramatic narrative of their lives: a bright, ambitious young Mexican-American woman who allows her future to be undone by a moment of searing humiliation; a supremely narcissistic action-movie star whose passion for the unattainable object of his affection nearly destroys him; a couple, both nineteen years old, who flee their suffocating hometown and struggle to survive on the fringes of the great city; and an aging Venice Beach alcoholic whose life is turned upside down when a meth-addled teenage girl shows up half-dead outside the restroom he calls home.

Throughout this strikingly powerful novel there is the relentless drumbeat of the millions of other stories that, taken as a whole, describe a city, a culture, and an age. A dazzling tour de force, Bright Shiny Morning illuminates the joys, horrors, and unexpected fortunes of life and death in Los Angeles.



About the Author

James Frey is originally from Cleveland. He is the author of A Million Little Pieces and My Friend Leonard. He lives in New York.

Chris Keeley

Richard Serra’s Paris Moment

Richard Serra’s Paris Moment 

May 7, 2008

Serra’s Monumental Vision, Vertical Edition

PARIS — France is making a fuss this week over Richard Serra, the 68-year-old American bantamweight who fashions elegant, gargantuan art out of steel.

On Wednesday Mr. Serra opens the annual solo show called Monumenta in the echoing Grand Palais; the city of Paris has restored one of his earlier works to its proper place in the garden of the Tuileries; and he has been made a commander of the Order of Arts and Letters of the French Academy — a two-rank leap from his previous knighthood, the starter kind usually given to singers like Kylie Minogue, who recently received hers.

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A little catharsis was finally reached in the half-hour of encores, with the three-guitar scrum of “

May 7, 2008
Music Review | 'Radiohead'

Thom Yorke and Company, Kicking Off a Tour With a Lush Miasma

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Radiohead played the first concert of its North American tour here at the Cruzan Amphitheater on Monday night, and nobody onstage was tan. “We’ve just spent the last three days in Miami Beach,” said Thom Yorke, the band’s lead singer, looking incredulous. “What’s going on there? Some kind of reconstruction. For once I was proud to be white, pale and English.”

It sounded as if he were talking about plastic surgery, of which you might guess he takes a dim view. There’s a line in a recent Radiohead song, “House of Cards”: “The infrastructure will collapse.” Could be about unstable marriages; could be about roads and bridges; could be about human bodies and their augmentations. What is a Radiohead song not about, at least by extension? Mr. Yorke’s lyrics tend to start inside, with a particular ache or a feeling of dread, and then move outward, toward a disturbing image or forebodings and predictions: of another ice age, of hurricanes, of violence.

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Andrews and Ueda at Roq La Rue Gallery in Seattle

Andrews and Ueda at Roq La Rue Gallery in Seattle

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Seattle's Roq La Rue Gallery is holding an exhibition of new phantasmagoric paintings by Esao Andrews and Fuco Ueda. The show opens this Friday, May 9, and runs until June 7. Above left, Ueda's "Gumball" (acrylic and shell powder on canvas, 10" x 14"). Above right, Andrews's "Virile Influenza" (oil on wood panel, 18" x 24"). Link to exhibition page, Link to Ueda online gallery, Link to Andrews online gallery 

http://www.roqlarue.com/showpages/May2008/Esao/

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Chris Keeley

or years collectors and the news media have been speculating about when prices would finally top out

For years collectors and the news media have been speculating about when prices would finally top out. Spring sales estimates don’t suggest pessimism. The auction houses clearly hope that things will play out as they did three months ago in London, when, despite global economic queasiness, a Francis Bacon triptych sold for $51.6 million. Now two Bacon triptychs, whose owners no doubt want to capitalize on that high, are going on the block, at estimates of $25 million to $35 million (Christie’s, shown above) and a whopping $70 million (Sotheby’s).