Art Gar­funkel

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Rock icon Art Gar­funkel’s new mem­oir, “What Is It All but Lu­mi­nous (Notes From an Un­der­ground Man),” is a Jack­son Pol­lock drib­bling of six decades of mem­o­ries, con­fes­sions, con­quests, re­grets, po­etry and gos­sipy name-drop­ping pre­sented in a va­ri­ety of type­faces that sug­gest hand­writ­ing (per­haps il­lus­trat­ing a per­sonal touch, but also the willy-nilly, back-of-a-match­book flow of Gar­funkel’s stream of con­scious­ness). Here is Arthur play­ing punch ball on his block in Queens and meet­ing Paul Si­mon in el­e­men­tary school (“like Dean in ‘Rebel With­out a Cause’ he played the fringe”); there is Art mus­ing on grow­ing fric­tion with Si­mon, coun­sel­ing John Len­non on whether to re­unite with Paul McCart­ney, start­ing his act­ing ca­reer, bat­tling de­pres­sion af­ter his girl­friend’s sui­cide, strug­gling with his voice and re­unit­ing with Si­mon. Snark­i­ness and sor­row bump into each other. Hu­mor and ten­der­ness duel, some­times in the same mo­ment: “The bed­sore doc­tor needed some­one to brace my brother. So I came up against his back and ro­tated him on his hip, while the hideous wound was re­ban­daged. There, in his bed, on my el­bow, I pushed my neck and my cheek into the back of his shoul­der. I felt I be­longed there — kid brother be­hind his brother’s wing. I held him and kissed his neck and be­hind his ear. Death was present. The smell was in his mouth — cancer was al­most done with its work. It was un­prece­dented that I would hold him, here at the end of life at last. The wound was dressed. We re­turned him in place. Af­ter a time he gave an in­di­ca­tion. I leaned my ear to his mouth. ‘Is there some­thing you need, Jules?’ I said. ‘Money,’ he said.” Much of Gar­funkel’s book feels like the start­ing point to con­ver­sa­tions that should be fin­ished, which he may be en­cour­aged to do on Sun­day, when he will sit down with Shel­ton G. Berg, dean of the Frost School of Mu­sic at the Uni­ver­sity of Mi­ami, a Mi­ami Book Fair event spon­sored by Books and Books at Mi­ami-Dade Col­lege. Ad­mis­sion re­quires a voucher that you’ll re­ceive with the pur­chase of the book from Books and Books. The book and voucher cost $29.91 and each voucher ad­mits two peo­ple. When: 4-5:30 p.m. Sun­day Where: Chap­man Con­fer­ence Cen­ter at Mi­ami Dade Col­lege, Wolf­son Cam­pus, 300 NE Sec­ond Ave., Mi­ami Cost: $29.91 (with voucher that ad­mits two peo­ple) Con­tact: Mi­amiBookFair.com, Book­sAndBooks.com Con­cert: Gar­funkel is sched­uled to per­form at Fort Laud­erdale’s Parker Play­house on Jan. 18. Tick­ets cost $42.50-$98. Go to Park­erPlay­house.com.

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