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Ray Carney, Why Art Matters:
A collection of essays, interviews, and lectures on life and art,
softbound, approximately 150 pages (60,000 words). Available for $15.
A collection of essays, interviews,
and lectures on art, life, and film that appeared in Visions and
Moviemaker magazines between 1993 and 1999. The collection includes
the celebrated The Rules of the Game, Fake Independence
and Real Truth, The Path of the Artist, and many additional
pieces. This packet reprints the complete texts of many items that are
published only in excerpts on this web site.
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Ray Carney, Necessary
ExperiencesWhat art can show us about ourselves and our culture,
softbound, approximately 140 pages (40,000 words). Available for $15.
A collection of essays and
interviews on art, life, and independent film that appeared in Filmmaker,
Moviemaker, The Daily Telegraph, and other places between
1999 and 2002. Ray Carney talks with Jim McKay, Cynthia Rockwell, Jake
Mahaffy, and others about the lessons he learned while working on his
Cassavetes on Cassavetes book, and with Shelley Friedman about
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Ray Carney, What's Wrong
with Film Courses, Film Criticism, and Film ReviewingAnd How to
Do It Right, softbound, approximately 150 pages (50,000 words). Available
An unpublished book-length
interview conducted in 2002 in which Ray Carney talks about his experiences
as a writer and classroom teacher, and his views of the American media
and American film reviewers.
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Carney has the longest and most ambitious essay he has ever written about
film and philosophy in the following book. The essay is more than 40,000
A Modern Mosaic: Art and Modernism in the United States, Edited by
(University of North Carolina Press, 2000), 225 b&w illustrations, paperback,
472 pages. This
book is available directly from this site for $29.
The modernist movement
has shaped our era as has no other. This insightful collection of
original essays explores the impact of modernism on American culture
and the ways in which modernism remains a key to understanding American
art and society.
An impressive cast of
scholars examines works and their creators across the whole spectrum
of artistic expressionófiction and poetry, painting and sculpture,
architecture, dance, photography, and film. In fresh and provocative
essays they explore how the ideas of modernism helped shape such
artistic expressions as the writings of the Harlem Renaissance,
the paintings of Edward Hopper, New Deal public art projects, and
George Antheil's Ballet Mecanique. Extensive use of color and black-and-white
illustrations results in a book that is as appealing visually as
it is stimulating intellectually.
The contributors are
Casey Nelson Blake, Robert Cantwell, Ray Carney, Thomas Fahy, Lucy
Fischer, John F. Kasson, William E. Leuchtenburg, Lucinda H. MacKethan,
Randy Martin, Carol J. Oja, Miles Orvell, Joan Shelley Rubin, Jon
Michael Spencer, and Maren Stange.
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discussion of American painting and culture by Ray Carney, see:
"When Mind is a Verb: Thomas Eakins and the Doing of Thinking,"
in Morris Dickstein (ed.) The Revival of Pragmatism: New Essays
in Social Thought, Law, and Culture (Durham, NC: Duke University
Press, 1998), 5 photographs, paperback, 464 pages. This book
is available directly from this site for $25.
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