Joy Setton

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Of Franco-American nationality, Joy Setton is a professional dilettante and an amateur writer living in New York.


Cultural Caviar

Photographers, Real and Imagined

Photographers, Real and Imagined

May 04, 2012

After finishing a series of photographs, Jed Martin feels like he never wants

Cultural Caviar

Of Oil and Oil Paints

Of Oil and Oil Paints

January 20, 2012

The de Kooning show just closed at MoMA, and I just finished reading The Quest:

Lit Crit

The Year Is Almost Over—Is the World?

The Year Is Almost Over—Is the World?

December 30, 2011

Things aren’t looking too good these days, says Slavoj Zizek in his latest

Cultural Caviar

Hanging by a Thread

Hanging by a Thread

December 08, 2011

In Miami Beach on Monday morning, the convention center was strewn with

Lit Crit

From Black Robes to White Coats

From Black Robes to White Coats

November 30, 2011

I just drove to Kansas and back, 2600 miles listening to the radio and

Lit Crit

The Most Brutal Species

The Most Brutal Species

November 06, 2011

David Grossman. To the End of the Land. Vintage (reprint edition), 2011.

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What is and What Doesn’t Have to Be

What is and What Doesn’t Have to Be

September 13, 2011

On Lake Geneva I float, looking at France across the water, where the grass is

Commerce

Stock Characters and Stock Prices

Stock Characters and Stock Prices

September 04, 2011

On the blue Mediterranean I float, reading: It’s only now that we realize

Apocalypse Now

Of Drama and Drachmas

Of Drama and Drachmas

August 25, 2011

On the blue Aegean I float, reading: Greek cities were at least for a while

Trash

The Effluent Society

The Effluent Society

August 02, 2011

It is summer in the city and the smell of trash rises from the hot

Lit Crit

Of Confucius and Confusion

Of Confucius and Confusion

July 20, 2011

In his new book On China, Henry Kissinger looks at what makes China what it is.

Lit Crit

The Freedom to Be Middling

The Freedom to Be Middling

July 05, 2011

Freedom by Jonathan Franzen came out last year, but since it has been called

Fashion

Objets d′Art: Nothing More Than Objets

Objets d′Art: Nothing More Than Objets

June 14, 2011

I usually go to art shows to look at fashion, but last week I went to a fashion

Lit Crit

Of Novels and Novelty Acts

Of Novels and Novelty Acts

May 24, 2011

According to reviewers, Jennifer Egan’s novel A Visit From the Goon Squad is

Lit Crit

Literature’s Most Influential Hussy

Literature’s Most Influential Hussy

May 05, 2011

She lives on credit and lusts after entertainment, whether emotional or

Lit Crit

Donald Rumsfeld: Known, Unknown, and Better Left Unsaid

Donald Rumsfeld: Known, Unknown, and Better Left Unsaid

April 18, 2011

Nixon in China, John Adams’s opera based on Richard Nixon’s

Cultural Caviar

Gauche Contre Droite: The Lévy-Houellebecq Letters

Gauche Contre Droite: The Lévy-Houellebecq Letters

April 06, 2011

Last week we nostalgically suggested that culturally, things might have been

Cultural Caviar

Fran Lebowitz is Always Right

Fran Lebowitz is Always Right

March 23, 2011

Fran Lebowitz doesn’t write anymore. Does it have something to do with having

Cultural Caviar

Art: Scene and Unseen

Art: Scene and Unseen

March 17, 2011

Thursday night is opening night at the Chelsea galleries in New York. But, an

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Bernhard the Happy Nihilist

Bernhard the Happy Nihilist

March 04, 2011

“You must come visit us in Vienna,” said Mrs H. as we lunched at