Joy Setton

Joy Setton

Of Franco-American nationality, Joy Setton is a professional dilettante and an amateur writer living in New York.


Cindy Sherman at the MoMA

Photographers, Real and Imagined

May 04 2012

After finishing a series of photographs, Jed Martin feels like he never wants to take another shot. So does Cindy Sherman. There are other similarities


Untitled (The Cow Jumps Over the Moon), 1937–38 by Willem de Kooning

Of Oil and Oil Paints

Jan 20 2012

The de Kooning show just closed at MoMA, and I just finished reading The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World by

Cultural Caviar

The Year Is Almost Over—Is the World?

Dec 30 2011

Things aren’t looking too good these days, says Slavoj Zizek in his latest book, Living in the End Times. The underlying premise of the present


Art Basel Miami 2011

Hanging by a Thread

Dec 08 2011

In Miami Beach on Monday morning, the convention center was strewn with cardboard, Scotch Tape, Styrofoam peanuts, and other packing litter. The hotel bars were


1956 Cadillac Eldorado

From Black Robes to White Coats

Nov 30 2011

I just drove to Kansas and back, 2600 miles listening to the radio and pondering American industry, the heartland, affairs of the heart, and other

Cultural Caviar

The Most Brutal Species

Nov 06 2011

David Grossman. To the End of the Land. Vintage (reprint edition), 2011. 672pp. Dave Grossman. On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in


What is and What Doesn’t Have to Be

Sep 13 2011

On Lake Geneva I float, looking at France across the water, where the grass is not greener but the prices are much lower. I don’t


Silvio Berlusconi

Stock Characters and Stock Prices

Sep 04 2011

On the blue Mediterranean I float, reading: It’s only now that we realize that the gleaming wealth of the past years was shored up by

Apocalypse Now

Of Drama and Drachmas

Aug 25 2011

On the blue Aegean I float, reading: Greek cities were at least for a while taken over by populist strongmen swept into power partly by


The Effluent Society

Aug 02 2011

It is summer in the city and the smell of trash rises from the hot streets. There is trash on the sidewalks, trash in the


Of Confucius and Confusion

Jul 20 2011

In his new book On China, Henry Kissinger looks at what makes China what it is. In his new book The Origins of Political Order,

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Jonathan Franzen

The Freedom to Be Middling

Jul 05 2011

Freedom by Jonathan Franzen came out last year, but since it has been called the novel of the century, I suppose it is still relevant.

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Alexander McQueen

Objets d′Art: Nothing More Than Objets

Jun 14 2011

I usually go to art shows to look at fashion, but last week I went to a fashion show to look at art. The actress

Cultural Caviar

Of Novels and Novelty Acts

May 24 2011

According to reviewers, Jennifer Egan’s novel A Visit From the Goon Squad is "€œvirtuosic,"€ "€œshape shifting,"€ "€œstartlingly new,"€ and it "€œturns the novel on its

Cultural Caviar

Literature’s Most Influential Hussy

May 05 2011

She lives on credit and lusts after entertainment, whether emotional or commercial. She derives her pleasure solely from seeing her reflection in the gleam of

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Donald Rumsfeld

Donald Rumsfeld: Known, Unknown, and Better Left Unsaid

Apr 18 2011

Nixon in China, John Adams's opera based on Richard Nixon's détente-seeking 1972 visit to the People's Republic, has Kissinger pirouetting, Chairman and Madame Mao dancing

Cultural Caviar

Gauche Contre Droite: The Lévy-Houellebecq Letters

Apr 06 2011

Last week we nostalgically suggested that culturally, things might have been better in the past. This week we will nostalgically infer that they might be


Fran Lebowitz

Fran Lebowitz is Always Right

Mar 23 2011

Fran Lebowitz doesn’t write anymore. Does it have something to do with having known success at a young age and seeing so many people buying


Lynda Benglis

Art: Scene and Unseen

Mar 17 2011

Thursday night is opening night at the Chelsea galleries in New York. But, an art opening is not a good place to look at art


Thomas Bernhard

Bernhard the Happy Nihilist

Mar 04 2011

"€œYou must come visit us in Vienna,"€ said Mrs H. as we lunched at Cecconi's in Miami Beach. "€œOh, Vienna, yes, I"€™ve been thinking of