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“Only someone who deeply loves and understands the Metropolitan Museum could deliver such madcap, funny, magical, tender, intimate fables and stories.” —Maira Kalman, artist and bestselling author of The Principles of Uncertainty From a writer who worked at the Metropolitan Museum for more than twenty-five years, an enchanting novel that shows us the Met that the public doesn't see. Hidden behind the Picassos and Vermeers, the Temple of Dendur and the American Wing, exists another world: the hallways and offices, conservation studios, storerooms, and cafeteria that are home to the museum's devoted and peculiar staff of 2,200 people--along with a few ghosts. A surreal love letter to this private side of the Met, Metropolitan Stories unfolds in a series of amusing and poignant vignettes in which we discover larger-than-life characters, the downside of survival, and the powerful voices of the art itself. The result is a novel bursting with magic, humor, and energetic detail, but also a beautiful book about introspection, an ode to lives lived for art, ultimately building a powerful collage of human experience and the world of the imagination.
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In Migrancy, Culture, Identity, Iain Chambers unravels how our sense of place and identity is realised as we move through myriad languages, worlds and histories. The author explores the uncharted impact of cultural diversity on today's world, from the 'realistic' eye of the painter to the 'scientific' approach of the cultural anthropologist or the critical distance of the historian; from the computer screen to the Walkman and 'World Music'. Migrancy, Culture and Identity takes us on a journey into the disturbance and dislocation of culture and identity that faces all of us to explore how migration, marginality and homelessness have disrupted the West's faith in linear progress and rational thinking, undermining our knowledge, history and cultural identity.
This box set includes volume one of The Metropolitan Opera Stories of the Great Operas and The Guide to Recorded Opera. The Metropolitan Opera Stories of the Great Operas is the definitive opera story collection, the only one now authorized by the Metropolitan Opera. Written by John W. Freeman, associate editor of Opera News magazine, this 584-page volume provides: *The complete plots of 150 different operas, including lists of roles and premiere dates. *Biographical information on all of the 72 different composers represented, as well as historical background material on each opera. *Easy access to the stories through both a table of contents listed by composer and an alphabetical index by opera title. *A foreword by the Met's music director and principal conductor, James Levine, and an introduction by Peter Allen, host of the Texaco/Met radio broadcasts and the “Live from the Met” telecasts. Whether for quick, pre-performance reference or an evening of browsing through favorite stories, this volume is an invaluable addition to every opera-lover's library. The Guide to Recorded Opera, the only such volume authorized by the Metropolitan Opera Guild, offers a wealth of invaluable information for the opera lover. *Casts, dates, and compact disc availability for all the complete recordings of 150 different operas. *Critical evaluation by an outstanding authority of each complete recording of each opera. Recommendations for the best recordings of every work. *Access to the reviews facilitated by two tables of contents: one organized alphabetically by composer, the other by title. *A detailed index by artist. Whether it is used for recommendations on which recording to buy, or for a bird's-eye view of the recording history of a specific opera, the Guide to Recorded Opera will prove an indispensable addition to the opera lover's library.

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