19 April 2007

Misha's Straight Talk for PW

I enjoyed this Publishers Weekly interview with Mikhail Baryshnikov about his new picture book, Because. Why?

Because he resolutely disavows much credit for the book, which has his name above the title, deferring all praise to nominal illustrator Vladimir Radunsky.

Because PW's earlier review of the book passed judgment on “Baryshnikov’s buoyant foray into picture books” and “Baryshnikov’s casual text.”

And because its interviewer shows a starry-eyed determination to maintain that illusion--

PW: I think you're being overly modest.

MB: No, I'm telling the truth.

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