Memories of Ned Rorem (10.23.1923 – 11.18.2022)

Memories of Ned Rorem (10.23.1923 – 11.18.2022)

I was at work on my biography of Man Ray in the fall of 1984, chatting with Virgil Thomson at his rooms in the Chelsea Hotel, and he urged me to call upon the composer Ned Rorem — “Man knew him in Paris in the ’50’s,” Thomson told me. I...
Dance became truly modern @ NYPL/Lincoln Center

Dance became truly modern @ NYPL/Lincoln Center

Anne Souder (Soloist) and Xin Ying (Principal) of the Martha Graham Dance Company brought NB’s new MG biography to life with their vivid performances of Ekstasis and Medea — and MGDC Artistic Director Janet Eilber’s astute questions — before an...

Today I put all of my MG research in the attic

Fourteen linear feet of handwritten research notes from countless library and archival sessions; printed out transcribed notes from listening to audiotaped interviews and sitting with Martha Graham dancers in cafes and studios and homes; downloaded typo-riddled...