Simon on Erik Satie: "The preferred word for Satie's music is depouillement, meaning stripping down, sobriety, concision, or bareness. 'The artist does not have the right to dispose needlessly of the hearer's time.' Satie proclaimed. But no one else's bareness, save that of a Greek statue or Renaissance nude, seems so fully, sensuously self-sufficient." The unique collection displays the wit, humour, wide span of knowledge, and serious engagement with the arts that have made John Simon's work respected and recognised the world over.
John Simon (1925-) was born in Yugoslavia and awarded his PhD in comparative literature from Harvard University. He has written theatre, film, music, and book reviews for many eminent publications, inc. New York, Esquire, Hudson Review, Opera News, and the New York Times Book Review. He is a past winner of the George Jean Nathan Award and the George Polk Award for Film Criticism. He lives in New York City. Ned Rorem is the accomplished composer, diarist, and essayist.