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Among gods and kings

On “In the Realm of Gods and Kings: Arts of India: Selections from the Polsky Collections and Metropolitan Museum of Art” at the New York Asia Society.

Gallery chronicle

On “Inventions: Recent Paintings by Caio Fonseca” at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; “Caio Fonseca, New Paintings” at Paul Kasmin Gallery; “Richmond Burton” at Cheim & Read; “Louisa Matthiasdottir: A Retrospective” at Scandinavia House, New York; “Giorgio Morandi, Paintings 1950-“1964” at Lucas Schoormans & “Rackstraw Downes, New Paintings” at Betty Cuningham Gallery.


New York chronicle

On the opening of the New York Philharmonic’s 2004-2005 season under Lorin Maazel, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center under new artistic directors David Finckel and Wu Han, the Philadelphia Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, Traviata, Daphne and Platée at New York City Opera & Otello and Carmen under James Levine at the Metropolitan Opera.

Opera note

On Don Giovianni, Simon Boccanegra, Beatrice and Benedict, Agrippina & La Sonnambula at the Santa Fe Opera.


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Fiction chronicle

Worse yet, real life

A review of Villages, by John Updike; The Plot Against America, by Philip Roth; Oblivion: Stories, by David Foster Wallace; & Heir to the Glimmering World, by Cynthia Ozick.


Shorter notices

A review of Many Are Called, by Walker Evans, introduction by James Agee, foreword by Luc Sante, afterword by Jeff L. Rosenheim.


Thom Gunn, 1929-2004

On the passing of Thom Gunn, a poet who welcomed “Eliot’s ideal of ‘impersonality’ and scorning ‘confessional’ poetry as well as overmuch theory.”