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At best, “De Kooning’s Bicycle” opens a door to two famous American’ artists, a Pulitzer Prize winning writer and some lesser known painters and writers that live in the Hampton’s in the 1950s and 60s; at worst, a listener is puzzled by snippets of information that reveal little about the subject and less about the author’s perspective.
A suggestive thread weaves through Long’s vignettes in “De Kooning’s Bicycle”; i.e. artistic creativity seems linked to self-destructive behavior. This trite and banal inference diminishes the book’s appeal. Life is difficult for every human being, not just creative artists and writers. The monumental difference is that creativity in any field of endeavor gives one a chance to live forever.
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