Second Tuesdays, 12pm
Meet at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café (55 Haywood Street, Asheville 28801)
This monthly discussion is a place to exchange ideas about readings that relate to artworks and the art world, and to learn from and about each other. Pick up some tasty local fare at the Malaprop’s Café to make the most of your midday break! Books are available at Malaprop’s for a 10% discount.
If you would like to receive more information about Discussion Bound, please email Kristi McMillan, Adult Programs Manager, to add your name to our email list.
Fall-Winter 2018-2019 Programs
Looking at Mindfulness: Twenty-Five Paintings to Change the Way You Live by Christophe André
“Stop doing, stop moving, stop twisting and turning.” These are the first steps toward inner calm and increased mental clarity, says psychiatrist and leading meditation practitioner André, who in this book guides us through the art of mindfulness, beginning with art itself. Looking at Mindfulness collects classic and esoteric paintings, from Rembrandt to Hopper to Magritte, and offers a lucid commentary on the inner workings of each. André describes the dynamic on the canvas, and turns to the viewer’s own reactions, exploring the connection between what we see and what we feel. Moving beyond the art on the page, André teaches us what it means to consider our surroundings, our daily interactions and obligations, and their effect on our inner well-being. The paintings are a visual and tangible first step to understanding mindfulness and the benefits of living in the moment. In practicing mindfulness, within ourselves and out in the world, each of us can make immediate, meaningful, and permanent changes in our well-being and the well-being of others. Beautifully written, wonderfully accessible for any novice or expert, Looking at Mindfulness delivers practical steps and a comprehensive understanding of the practice and meaning of mindfulness and meditation. An authentic and effortless voice, André brings clarity to what it means to live mindfully and how we can make a more conscious effort to do so.
The Painted Word by Tom Wolfe
Tom Wolfe (1930-2018) was one of the founders of the New Journalism movement and the author of such contemporary classics as The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test and The Right Stuff, as well as the novel The Bonfire of the Vanities. As a reporter, he wrote articles for The Washington Post, the New York Herald Tribune, Esquire, and New York magazine, and is credited with coining the term “The Me Decade.” Among his many honors, Wolfe was awarded the National Book Award, the John Dos Passos Award, the Washington Irving Medal for Literary Excellence, the National Humanities Medal, and the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.
In The Painted Word, Wolfe trains his satirical eye on contemporary art with a dazzling and keen wit. He addresses the scope of contemporary art from Abstract Expressionism through Pop, Op, Minimal, and Conceptual Art. The Painted Word is Tom Wolfe “at his most clever, amusing, and irreverent” (San Francisco Chronicle). Moderated by Tim Lewis.
My Soul Has Grown Deep: Black Art from the American South by Cheryl Finley, Randall Griffey, Amelia Peck + Darryl Pinckney
My Soul Has Grown Deep considers the art-historical significance of contemporary black artists working throughout the southeastern United States. These paintings, drawings, mixed-media compositions, sculptures, and textiles include works ranging from the profound assemblages of Thornton Dial to the renowned quilts of Gee’s Bend. Nearly 60 remarkable examples are illustrated alongside insightful texts that situate them in the history of modernism and the context of African American experience in the 20th-century South. This study simultaneously considers these works on their own merits while also making connections to mainstream contemporary art. The authors illuminate shared artistic practices, including the novel use of found or salvaged materials, the artists’ interest in improvisational approaches across media, and a thoughtful consideration of the cultural and political history of the American South during and after the Civil Rights era. These diverse works tell the compelling stories of artists who overcame enormous obstacles to create distinctive and culturally resonant works of art. Moderated by Kristi McMillan, adult programs manager.
Save Me the Waltz: A Novel by Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald
Save Me the Waltz is the story of Alabama Beggs, a young Southern girl who meets and falls in love with David Knight during World War I. The two inevitably get married, and David goes on to become a successful painter. When the family moves to the French Riviera, Alabama takes up ballet, determined to find her own success. When she lands her solo debut in the opera Faust, cracks in their marriage become evident.
Save Me the Waltz is the only novel by Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald. Published in 1932, she wrote it in six weeks while hospitalized for schizophrenia. It is a semi-autobiographical account of her relationship with author F. Scott Fitzgerald, providing insight into their life and marriage. During the years when he was working on Tender Is the Night, she was preparing her own story that parallels the narrative of her husband’s. Save Me the Waltz is a vivid and moving story; through the confessions of a famous, slightly doomed glamour girl of the affluent 1920s, it captures the spirit of an era.
Moderated by Lisa Nanney, professor of American literature + Kristi McMillan, adult programs manager; planned in conjunction with Celebrate Zelda! 2019.