June 04, 2007

Candour

"[Lincoln] Kirstein once defined American style [...] as 'a leanness, a visual asceticism, a candour, even an awkwardness which is itself elegant [...]'" (quoted in a recent NRYB).

Even fifty years ago, it's hard to imagine anyone saying that with a straight face, but Kirstein wasn't exactly noted for his sense of humour.

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