Staff Recommendation: Pierrot Le Fou

One of the most important French New Wave filmmakers, Godard’s tenth feature is an intricate and puzzling tale of a couple’s cross-country escape from the Organisation de l’Armée Secrète, a French paramilitary organization. In typical Godard fashion, this film features fourth wall breaks and shots that will make anyone pay attention to the characters more than the plot. Godard’s first film in color has a somewhat different feel than his previous black-and-white efforts, but is sure to keep viewers hooked if they have love for French New Wave cinema.

Pierrot Le Fou

Directed by Jean-Luc Godard

Greenfield DVD GD1724

Recommended by Isabella Braun, Work Study Assistant, Music Library

Staff Recommendation: Art Brut in America: The Incursion of Jean Dubuffet

A beautiful group of works of 38 outsider artists from the collection of Jean Dubuffet including drawings, manuscripts, letters, paintings, assemblages, embroideries and sculptures.

The book explores the influence of these works in the US and on abstract expressionism. It highlights Dubuffet’s interest in art that was non-Western and celebrated creators who are mainly outside of artistic culture.

“We witness here the artistic process in all it’s purity, raw, reinvented on all its levels by the maker, starting solely from his own impulses…” Jean Dubuffet as translated by Alfonso Ossorio

 

Recommended by Barbara Danin, Greenfield Library Acquisitions and Administrative Coordinator
Recommended by Barbara Danin, Greenfield Library Acquisitions and Administrative Coordinator

Staff Recommendation: A Visit from the Goon Squad

Simply put, I flat out loved this book. Centered around a music industry executive and his assistant, Egan tells a rich and layered story about time, age, love, and failure, with music acting as a connective thread through it all. Each chapter is dedicated to a different character and perspective, and while this could be a gimmick in lesser hands, Egan is able to weave these storytelling threads together into a narrative that crackles and pulsates, with a fresh and insightful discovery on every page. Highest recommendation!

A Visit from the Goon Squad

by Jennifer Egan

Call # 813.54 Eg13v

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Recommended by Mike Sgier Visual Resources Assistant Visual Resources and Special Collections

 

 

 

 

 

 

Staff Recommendation: Blood Meridian

Set in Mexico and the American Southwest in the 1850s, Blood Meridian is loosely based on the infamous Glanton Gang, a troop of mercenaries who were hired to hunt down Apaches but later had a bounty placed on them for their brutality. At the center of the novel are two figures, The Kid, a nameless drifter who joins and defects from the gang, and Judge Holden, one of the leaders of the gang who turns out to be a malevolent force of nature. McCarthy’s incredible writing is lush and rich, especially in his depictions of the natural landscape, but he contrasts this with brutal, violent imagery, in the process stripping down the mythic notions of the American West.

Blood Meridian

by Cormac McCarthy

813 M4595b 2010

Recommended by Mike Sgier, Visual Resources Assistant
Recommended by Mike Sgier,
Visual Resources Assistant

 

Staff Recommendations: Introducing Aesthetics: A Graphic Guide

Introducing Aesthetics: A Graphic Guide
Christopher Kul-Want & Piero
Greenfield Open Stacks — 111.85 W198i 2010

If you want to understand or get a clearer picture of all that Aesthetics entails, pick up the book: Introducing Aesthetics: A Graphic Guide. This graphic novel breaks Aesthetics into 1-2 page subtopics, such as: Art & Reality; the Gaze; and the Medium is the Message to name a few. It takes you through an historical journey and introduces you to the many concepts and people associated with this branch of philosophy in a way that inspires further reading. It will stimulate your curiosity, or at least, leave you less muddled on this topic.

Recommended by Mary Louise Castaldi, Reference Librarian, Greenfield Library
Recommended by
Mary Louise Castaldi,
Reference Librarian,
Greenfield Library