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Merce Cunningham, Who Reinvented Dance, Dies at 90

This article originally appeared in the Culture section of Bloomberg News on July 27, 2009. July 27 (Bloomberg) -- Merce Cunningham, the American choreographer revered for his continual reinvention of dancing, has died. He was 90. He died in his sleep last night in his Manhattan apartment, according to Leah Sandals, a spokeswoman for the Merce Cunningham Foundation. A compelling dancer himself, Cunningham created a body of work that questioned the traditional premises of dancing, providing unique answers that were both baffling and … [Read more...]

Pen Pals: Personal Indulgences No. 14

During a time in my life when I was feeling sad and isolated, and my own immediate circle--splendid, stimulating, and supportive people though it contained--was not offering me a certain kind of sensibility I craved, I had the maverick idea of augmenting my circle of friends with people I did not know but who were writers like me, so in some way kindred souls. These writers might have lived in times and places very different from my New York contemporary situation, but all such were permissible, the whole affair taking place in my … [Read more...]

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