What does it mean today to experience a work of art? In a culture of triviality and cynicism, at the mercy of the superfluous and ephemeral, where can we turn to find the genuine, the sincere, the truly accomplished?
The thirty essays in See What I See are the fruits of a lifetime spent grappling with these questions. By turns lyrical and arch, nostalgic and impassioned, they seek answers in the achievements of the masters as well as in less likely places. For Greg Gerke, aesthetic experience is found as often in the human body as in poetry or prose, as much in being in the world as on celluloid or canvas: in the yearnings, confusions, hopes, and pleasures of a life fully lived.
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Table of Contents
THE WRITING LIFE
- Living Words
- On or About
- On Influence
- A Year With Wallace Stevens
- 'A Rabbit as King of the Ghosts'
- Doses of Medicine
- Stylized Despair
- Going Steady With Gertrude
- How to Live, What to Read
- The Sound Is the Story
- Remembering William H. Gass
- The Self That Did So Much
- William Gaddis and American Justice
- William Gaddis' Compositional Self
- Envy, the Unsuccessful Writer's Friend
- Return to Enigma
- The One and Only Autobiographical Writer
- Why Write?
- Paris Doesn't Belong to Us
- On Eating Combos
THE SILVER SCREEN
- Does Eric Rohmer Have the All of Me?
- Bergman's Spell
- Rossellini's Bergman
- All Naked, All the Time
- Pain Pays the Income of Each Precious Thing
- Mr. Fincher and Monsieur Dreyer
- Paul Thomas Anderson: An Autocritique
- Toni Erdmann and the Anti-Hollywood Ending
- Take This Waltz, Then Move On?
- Mr. Turner, Boyhood, and Criticism