[William Todd Schultz] ☆ An Emergency in Slow Motion [poland PDF] Read Online ¼ I have always enjoyed the weird and quirky world of Diane Arbus Her photography is never dull I had high hopes for this book, but unfortunately, it was less biography andpsychoanalysis than I thought it would be Although, the phrase inner life in the title should have clued me in Also, it s a bit of a bummer that none of Arbus photos appear in the book, but I m sure that hasto do with the Arbus estate than the authors intentions Overall, a decent read, just not as captivating as I d hoped First Reads Win So excited Been in the mood for something uber artsy fartsy This should fit the bill nicely Huzzah It is believed by many that God, The Divine One, acts as both Creator and Destroyer If so, it follows that all living beings have a spark of this duality inside us and that the Spirit of God is so powerful in some, it burns with a radiant need to create something great while destroying itself in the process Think of a volcano at one and the same time, it is building upon itselfby diminishing itself The great photographer, Diane Arbus, seems to have been one of these exalted beings, able to capture with ease arresting and memorable images yet unable, most of the time, tocapture herself from herself and her own inner dybbuks In An Emergency in Slow Motion , esteemed author, William Todd Schultz, attempts to excavate and then to dissect, in fascinating ways, the duality that made Arbus Arbus By his own admission, and his humility adds to this Diane Arbus Was One Of The Most Brilliant And Revered Photographers In The History Of American Art Her Portraits, In Stark Black And White, Seemed To Reveal The Psychological Truths Of Their Subjects But After She Committed Suicide In , At The Age Of Forty Eight, The Presumed Chaos And Darkness Of Her Own Inner Life Became, For Many Viewers, Inextricable From Her WorkIn The Spirit Of Janet Malcolm S Classic Examination Of Sylvia Plath, The Silent Woman,William Todd Schultz S An Emergency in Slow Motion Reveals The Creative And Personal Struggles Of Diane Arbus Schultz Veers From Traditional Biography To Interpret Arbus S Life Through The Prism Of Four Central Mysteries Her Outcast Affinity, Her Sexuality, The Secrets She Kept And Shared, And Her Suicide He Seeks Not To Diagnose Arbus, But To Discern Some Of The Private Motives Behind Her Public Works And Acts In This Approach, Schultz Not Only Goes Deeper Into Arbus S Life Than Any Previous Writer, But Provides A Template With Which To Think About The Creative Life In GeneralSchultz S Careful Analysis Is Informed, In Part, By The Recent Release Of Some Of Arbus S Writing And Work By Her Estate, As Well As By Interviews With Arbus S Psychotherapist An Emergency in Slow Motion Combines New Revelations And Breathtaking Insights Into A Must read Psychobiography About A Monumental Artist The First New Look At Arbus In Twenty Five Years William Todd Schultz s psycho biography, An Emergency in Slow Motion, The Inner Life of Diane Arbus , is a psychological interpretation of Diane Arbus interior life and how it influenced her photographic work Conversely, Schultz also looked at how Arbus work her subject matter may have affected her psyche Most of the author s resources came from previously published books and articles He added a few personal interviews, one with Ms Arbus psychologist, Helen Boigon, and the other with one of her potential photographic subjects, the Kronhausens Having a background in photography and a personal interest in it, I own and read the same material Schultz used to conduct his study Mainly, Patricia Bosworth s 1984 biography of Diane Arbus and two of her photography books, issued This was a Goodread s win, entered under the mistaken impression the book was about another photographer.
Schultz has written a psychobiography, a field used extensively for analysis of Nazi leaders but presumably developed during the ensuing years It s not clear what restrictions on access to materials were placed on Schultz, although Arbus estate evidently placed severe limitations on earlier writing projects.
My personal preference is for facts names, dates, places but the author has woven together some interesting theories about Arbus implosion I suspect it would take another psychologist to judge the theories, but the fact that Arbus managed 48 years seems remarkable to me.
Aside from personal preference, I felt the author should have devoted some space to Arbus children, who clearly would have been components of her emotional life Schultz did speak with the elder daughter about h I listened to this book in one sitting literally, I was sitting in my car driving from Anchorage to Haines Junction and it was an intense experience I knew little about Diane Arbus before listening to Mr Schultz s account, and that deficit has definitely been remedied I also understand muchabout art, photography, suicide, psychology, Sylvia Plath, Kurt Cobainthis book covers a lot of territory, all of it interesting I believe there isto know about Ms Arbus, but I appreciate Mr Schultz s approach.
Addendum I do think that Mr Schultz left some areas curiously unexplored Ms Arbus was a woman living in a time that would have frowned on with her sexuality to put it mildly and that issue was never adequately addressed Mr Schultz does touch on her compulsion to have sexual experiences with strangers, but doesn t discuss the issue with any depth I was highly impressed with this novel In spite of never having heard of Diane Arbus before reading this novel, I was sucked into the history and knowledge Schultz divulged I was fascinated to read of her art, relationships, and emotional trauma Not only does Schultz investigate, factually, what would have caused Arbus to lead down the path of suicide, but he also analyzes how her actions may have been a result of her emotional dysfunction I was concerned An Emergency in Slow Motion would read like a textbook, but I found it to be fast paced and highly intriguing.
I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in Diane Arbus life, Sylvia Plath, or other emotionally struggling artists It s likely I ll pick up another psychobiography written by William Todd Schultz.
FTC Disclosure I received a copy of this book through the Goodreads I enjoyed the book because I am a fan of Diane Arbus, however those unfamiliar with her work or with Bosworth s biography on Diane Arbus will be absolutely bored This book is a psychiatric point of view of Diane Arbus s life and work and how those two string together The books main focus is on Arbus s suicide and her lifestyle leading up to her suicide The one aspect of the book that I found cringe worthy is the last chapter The last chapter focused on Sylvia Plath and to me it seemed to force their connection as different artist with the same revelations before their suicides and how their work was the best work for each individual before their death I just didn t see where Sylvia Plath fit in when she wasn t mentioned at all thro
I won this book from First Reads not knowing much about Diane Arbus other than knowing from museum exhibits her intense, confrontational photographs the twins, the carnival freaks, the Jewish giant at home with his parents and vaguely remembering hearing something about her as an artist who committed suicide An Emergency in Slow Motion is not a traditional biography Schultz terms it a psychobiography, an attempt to delve into the psychology of Diane Arbus, in other words What drove her to create art What in her unconscious was she trying to either confront or avoid These are the questions Schultz uses as his guides, and miraculously, he somehow manages to get you inside Diane Arbus s head.
To the extent that you can be in someone else s head I ll admit I was at first pretty dubious of Schultz s attempt Psychobiography sounded to me like The psychology of Diane Arbus interesting, but a little too academic for me I wish it had beenbiography and less analysis Edited to add that there is not a single picture inside this book Apparently her estate is not very share friendly While the author does describe the pictures he s referring to pretty well, it just does not compare to getting to see the actual picture.