Alec Nevala-Lee

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[Fred Astaire] is transcendent. When he dances a question proposes itself: what if a body moved like this through the world? But it is only a rhetorical, fantastical question, for no bodies move like Astaire, no, we only move like him in our dreams…He is “poetry in motion.” His movements are so removed from ours that he sets a limit on our own ambitions. Nobody hopes or expects to dances like Astaire, just as nobody really expects to write like Nabokov.

Zadie Smith, “Dance Lessons for Writers”

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February 23, 2018 at 7:30 am

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Fred Astaire

I do nothing that I don’t like, such as inventing “up” to the arty or “down” to the corny. I happen to relish a certain type of corn…I know that artistry just happens. Believe it or not, there is even an artistic way to pick up a garbage can.

Fred Astaire, Steps in Time

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December 6, 2016 at 7:30 am

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