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"BANKING CAN GO TO H E DOUBLE L"

"The best biography I have ever read" is what James Dickey called Black Sun, Geoffrey Wolff’s biography of poet, editor, and sun worshipper Harry Crosby.

I can’t disagree, and I say this having read Mark Stevens and Annalyn Swan’s de Kooning: An American Master, which James Dickey should probably call “the second best biography I have ever read.”

Here’s a little Harry, from Black Sun:

It was like him to prefer the celebration of a corpse to the christening of a child. Death focused his bravery and carelessness. He sought the society of people who were exacting, and especially the society of exacting women because he found them rich in secrets. Harry enjoyed secrets: “When I like people immensely, I never tell their names to anyone. It is like murdering a part of them.”