Constellation of Genius: 1922: Modernism Year One - Kevin Jackson

Was there something in the water? Had sufficient time passed since the Great War for reflection? Did the muses all wake up? 1922 began with Joyce’s Ulysses and closed with The Waste Land by T.S. Eliot. It was a year in which literature, art, and culture itself changed forever. Context is everything, and by taking us through significant encounters among luminaries such as Virginia Woolf, Charlie Chaplin, Freud, Einstein, Hitchcock, Yeats, Evelyn Waugh, Anna Akhmatova, Proust, Hitler, Churchill, and Louis Armstrong (to name a few of the players in this landmark year), Kevin Jackson makes history delicious and very real in his Constellation of Genius (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $30). Mimicking the frenzied minutiae that defines the modernist era, Jackson reveals every letter, train ride, news story, and high tea so that we might pick up, examine, and reflect that maybe something was in the water, and thank our god, Dada, or radical politics that it was.

National Geographic: Around the World in 125 Years

The stunning three-volume National Geographic: Around the World in 125 Years (Taschen, $499) speaks for itself, but here are a few details: a slip-cased set, this limited edition contains some 1,500 pages of images, from autochromes to Kodachromes to digital photos. The featured photographers include Steve McCurry, Frans Lanting, James Nachtwey, and scores of others. The terrain is global, starting in America and the Antarctic, moving through Europe and Africa, and winding up in Asia and Oceania. The truly ground-breaking photo-essays are complemented by no less pioneering and authoritative articles, which as well as covering nature, travel, and culture, chart the constantly changing story of how we view the world. With full access to National Geographic’s archives, Taschen has delivered a fittingly monumental commemoration on this beloved magazine’s 125th anniversary.

National Geographic. Around the World in 125 Years By Reuel Golden (Editor) Cover Image
By Reuel Golden (Editor)
ISBN: 9783836549981
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
(This book cannot be returned.)
Published: Taschen - October 24th, 2013