What Is It All but Lu­mi­nous: Notes from an Un­der­ground Man

Art Gar­funkel Knopf

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Art Gar­funkel once en­vi­sioned a sim­ple life as a math­e­mat­ics teacher. He earned a master’s de­gree and was well on his way to be­com­ing a PhD. That plan was de­railed when he and Paul Si­mon be­came fa­mous as the folk-rock duo Si­mon & Gar­funkel. What Is It All but Lu­mi­nous: Notes from an Un­der­ground Man is a charm­ing book of prose and po­etry printed in a dig­i­tal­ized ver­sion of his hand­writ­ing. In it, he re­veals his thoughts and feel­ings about his tur­bu­lent life.

Gar­funkel’s ac­com­plish­ments are many: With Paul Si­mon, he won six Grammy Awards and the Grammy Life­time Achieve­ment Award and was in­ducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. As a solo singer, he scored three Top 20 hits. He also won ac­claim for his film roles in Catch-22 and Car­nal Knowl­edge.

In 1970, S&G broke up after dom­i­nat­ing the pop charts for five years. His po­ems in Lu­mi­nous are witty, can­did and wildly imag­i­na­tive. He comes through as a highly in­tel­li­gent man try­ing to make sense of his ex­tra­or­di­nary life.

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