Archive for March 16th, 2012
Well, it’s been an interesting week. The Icon Thief is out in stores—including the Harris Teeter supermarket in Arlington, Virginia, where the photo above was taken—and it seems to be doing fine. I recently got my first look at the cover art for City of Exiles, which looks fantastic, and I’m hoping to post it here as soon as my publisher signs off. Work on The Scythian continues at a reasonable pace. And if that weren’t enough, I had the best meal of my life, Community is back on the air, and I just received word that The Icon Thief will probably be picked up for publication in Italy. (This is especially exciting because it’s my first foreign rights sale and my first translation, and it means that the odds of Umberto Eco at least hearing about my novel just incrementally increased. More details to follow soon.)
Best of all, on Sunday, I have an opinion piece appearing in the Los Angeles Times to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of a singular event in art history. On March 18, 1912, under intense pressure from his family and the Parisian art establishment, Marcel Duchamp, then only twenty-six years old, took a taxi from his studio to an exhibition at the Salon des Indépendants, where he withdrew his controversial painting Nude Descending a Staircase. This decision, and its surprising consequences, would forever shape the career of the man who would later be hailed as the most influential artist of the twentieth century. Over the weekend, I’ll be talking a bit more about Duchamp’s decision and its larger significance, and for the full story, you can check out my essay in a couple of days. Hope you enjoy it!