Lies: A Diary 1986-1999

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Da Capo Press, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 416 pages
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This latest installment of Ned Rorem's diary opens in 1986, when the author is sixty-two, and closes in 1999, when he is seventy-five. Though Rorem remains as energetic as ever during these years--new books written, new music composed--the tone of this volume is autumnal: His life and his world are winding down. He mourns the passing of dear friends, endures the indignities of growing old, and notes with bitterness the collapse of the taste and standards that once defined his artistic circle. As AIDS becomes an epidemic, he traces its grim course through the gay community and through the discourse of the Reagan, Bush, and Clinton years.Lies is an anthology of forms, each entry a carefully chosen, brightly colored tile in a literary mosaic, with all that readers have come to expect from Rorem: erotic fantasies, gratuitous slights, aphorisms, indiscretions, program notes, puns, punditry, and beauty.
 

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Lies: a diary, 1986-1999

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American composer Rorem (Other Entertainment) continues his series of diaries, which have both enchanted and scandalized readers for years. In a more subdued tone, as befits a septuagenarian recently ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
60
Section 3
110
Section 4
115
Section 5
145
Section 6
145
Section 7
145
Section 8
145
Section 11
206
Section 12
223
Section 13
234
Section 14
239
Section 15
262
Section 16
319
Section 17
345
Section 18
367

Section 9
145
Section 10
186
Section 19
387
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About the author (2002)

Ned Rorem has created a body of work that includes four symphonies, four piano concertos, nine operas, and fourteen books. He won the Pulitzer Prize in 1976 for his orchestral suite Air Music. He divides his time between New York City and Nantucket.

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