REMAKE IT NEW
The Lure of Heresy
by Peter Gay
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Modernist culture may have become a museum piece and épater le bourgeois a harmless little slogan, but critics and historians seem unwilling to say good-bye to all that. Earlier this year, the omnivorous Australian critic Clive James weighed in with Cultural Amnesia: Necessary Memories from History and the Arts, a sprawling, ruminative homage to modernismVienna style in all but name.
The latest installment to thud onto shelves is Peter Gay’s Modernism: The Lure of Heresy from Baudelaire to Beckett and Beyond. If James’s freewheeling meditation bops along with all the energy of its unruly subjects, Gay has opted for a more staid, straightforward approach. He admits his take is selective, but you could have fooled me: His aim is comprehensiveness, and he has written a panoptic survey of the modern movement in
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