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When Dave Hickey was twelve, he rode the surfers dream the perfect wave And, like so many things in life we long for, it didnt quite turn out he shot the pier and dashed himself against the rocks of Sunset Cliffs in Ocean Beach, which just about killed him Fortunately, for Hickey and for us, he survived, and continues to battle, decades into a career as one of Americas foremost critical iconoclasts, a trusted, even cherished no nonsense voice commenting on the all too often nonsensical worlds of art and culture Perfect Wave brings together essays on a wide range of subjects from throughout Hickeys career, displaying his usual breadth of interest and powerful insight into what makes art work, or not, and why we care With Hickey as our guide, we travel to Disneyland and Vegas, London and Venice We discover the genius of Karen Carpenter and Waylon Jennings, learn why Robert Mitchum matters than Jimmy Stewart, and see how the stillness of Antonioni speaks to us today Never slow to judgeor to surprise us in doing soHickey powerfully relates his wincing disappointment in the later career of his early hero Susan Sontag, and shows us the appeal to our commonality that weve been missing in Norman Rockwell With each essay, the doing is as important as whats done the pleasure of reading Dave Hickey lies nearly as much in spending time in his company as in being surprised to find yourself agreeing with his conclusions Bookended by previously unpublished personal essays that offer a new glimpse into Hickeys own lifeincluding the aforementioned slam bang conclusion to his youthful surfing careerPerfect Wave is not a perfect book But its a damn good one, and a welcome addition to the Hickey canon....

Title : Perfect Wave: More Essays on Art and Democracy
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ISBN : 0226333132
Format Type : Hardcover
Language : English
Publisher : University of Chicago Press 1 edition October 23, 2017
Number of Pages : 240 pages
File Size : 864 KB
Status : Available For Download
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Perfect Wave: More Essays on Art and Democracy Reviews

  • James A. Woronow
    2019-03-25 08:20

    No where near the joy of 'Air Guitar' but Dave is always insightful and a fun and informing read. The chapter on some song by Karen Carpenter was total self-indulgence and a real 'who cares'. Then there are other chapters that are engrossing and left me wanting to learn more about the person or art.

  • Toyman
    2019-04-19 14:12

    May be the best yet of all of Hickey's great books. Loved it from the very first sentence. Get this book and read it!!!!