In the Garret

In the Garret

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"In the Garret," by Carl Van Vechten, is the essay set to the music of dish-rattling in a table d'hote restaurant. Mr. Van Vechten, one of the most readable and breeziest essayists of the day, refuses to sit in any chair. When he writes he runs. If he does sit for a moment, it is on the bar in some old tavern or on top of a trolley-car at Forty-Seventh and Broadway. Therefore he writes. He eats and gallivants; therefore he lives.
He is a connoisseur of the vivid and the odd, of the flashing and the grotesque. His essays are the Midnight Frolics of a joyous, pagan soul. He is what Bohemia ought to be-Burgundy, charlotte russe and cymbalum. He has a magnificent way of being unimportant. His touch is light and artistic. His culture is Hunekeresque. His scholarship is musicianly, sometimes jazzy. "In the Garret" is a full meal-from soup to "nuts."
There are varieties on any old theme-Oscar Hammerstein, Philip Thicknesse (an admirable and life-size Van Vechten of the eighteenth century), Mimi Aguglia, Holy Jumpers, Sir Arthur Sullivan, Gluck, Salome, and Darktown. "La Tigresse," a "New York Night's Entertainment," contains a tribute to our city that ought to be read by every Kansan. Mr. Van Vechten loves New York from the soles of its subway to the crown of its Woolworth Tower. He loves it above all other cities because it is unique. It is the whirling dervish of the planet. Impenitent, materialistic, cacophonic, Babelian old New York, ratifying no amendments whatsoever and going to the dogs like a radiant Jezebel! Baudelaire gave Victor Hugo a new thrill of horror; New York has given the world a new and magical diabolism. We are the Holy Jumpers of civilization. "Nothing in New York is incongruous because everything is," says Mr. Van Vechten. If London is Handel, New York is the Beethoven of discords. Mr. Van Vechten himself ought to compose the great American opera, "Tout Gotham." And bring Gabriele D'Annunzio here to do the singing words.
-"The Bookman," Volume 51 [1920]"
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  • Paperback | 348 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 20.07mm | 594.2g
  • Createspace
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1508562466
  • 9781508562467

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