After a long hiatus, the Xanadu Gallery book club is back. This time around, we will be reading Van Gogh | the Life by Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith.
Participation is simple, just follow these steps:
1. Register for the book club meeting, which will be held online, Tuesday, August 6th, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. Pacific. Registration and participation are completely free. Just click on the link below or visit: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/874516842
Participation and Registration are Completely Free!
Don’t worry if you aren’t able to attend the meeting live – you will get a recording of the broadcast.
2. Obtain a copy of the book. You can pick up a copy of the book at your local library or bookstore, or order it from Amazon.com. This is a beautifully produced book, and you’ll want it for your library - I ordered the hard-cover with deckled edge.
3. (Optional) Join or Book Club Facebook Page by clicking the Like Button on https://www.facebook.com/XanaduGalleryBookClub. We will be discussing the book throughout our reading on the FB page.
4. (Also Optional) Send a photo of yourself with the book to me at email@example.com (subject: book club photo)- or upload it to the Book Club Facebook Page. By uploading images, we all get to see the other members of the club and it makes the experience more personal.
5. Read the Book! This is a serious biography – clocking in at around 860 pages. If you start reading by May 1st, you should be able to complete the book by reading 10 pages per day.
6. Join the discussion at our book club meeting. You will receive a login email once you register, and then a reminder email closer to the meeting date. At the designated time, simply login to your computer, click on the link and join the discussion. The broadcast will be interactive so you can both listen and join in the discussion.
From the Amazon.com Description of the book:
Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith galvanized readers with their astonishing Jackson Pollock: An American Saga, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for biography, a book acclaimed for its miraculous research and overwhelming narrative power. Now Naifeh and Smith have written another tour de force—an exquisitely detailed, compellingly readable, and ultimately heartbreaking portrait of creative genius Vincent van Gogh.
Working with the full cooperation of the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, Naifeh and Smith have accessed a wealth of previously untapped materials. While drawing liberally from the artist’s famously eloquent letters, they have also delved into hundreds of unpublished family correspondences, illuminating with poignancy the wanderings of Van Gogh’s troubled, restless soul. Naifeh and Smith bring a crucial understanding to the larger-than-life mythology of this great artist—his early struggles to find his place in the world; his intense relationship with his brother Theo; his impetus for turning to brush and canvas; and his move to Provence, where in a brief burst of incandescent productivity he painted some of the best-loved works in Western art.
The authors also shed new light on many unexplored aspects of Van Gogh’s inner world: his deep immersion in literature and art; his erratic and tumultuous romantic life; and his bouts of depression and mental illness.
Though countless books have been written about Van Gogh, and though the broad outlines of his tragedy have long inhabited popular culture, no serious, ambitious examination of his life has been attempted in more than seventy years. Naifeh and Smith have re-created Van Gogh’s life with an astounding vividness and psychological acuity that bring a completely new and sympathetic understanding to this unique artistic genius whose signature images of sunflowers and starry nights have won a permanent place in the human imagination.
Participation and Registration are Completely Free!by