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Dancing in the Dark: Romance, Yearning, and the Search for the Sublime

Barbara L. Ascher

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ISBN 10: 0060174420 / ISBN 13: 9780060174422
Published by HarperCollins, 1999
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Title: Dancing in the Dark: Romance, Yearning, and ...

Publisher: HarperCollins

Publication Date: 1999

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Signed: Signed

Edition: First Edition.

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"Romance is structured yearning. In the romantic moment, we gather and focus that yearning in order to connect with something outside ourselves, believing against all odds that such connection is possible, knowing paradoxically that romance is born in the space between our reach and our grasp."

So begins Barbara Lazear Ascher's Dancing in the Dark. Offering enchantment to a disenchanted age, this mesmerizing new book explores our instinctual, ageless romantic impulse and the essential role of romance in our lives, in nature, and in the arts.

Barbara Ascher's lyrical and provocative prose expands the idea of romance and reveals its powers to redeem passion in our everyday lives. Ascher seeks out the romantic and explores the connections among sex, religion, family, nature, travel, food, music, art, and architecture, offering unforgettable insights that engage the soul and mind.

In her quest for what is transcendent in life, she joins intrepid birders in Central Park, who brave winter cold for a glimpse of the long-eared owl--and for a connection between man and nature. She visits Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater house, and Le Cirque's kitchen to witness sensuous pastrymaking. She travels to great museums to view extraordinary paintings and to discuss romance with Sydney Pollack. She attends a Barbara Cook master class and buys a manual typewriter on which to write. Every page of this book draws us into our deepest humanity.

Dancing in the Dark elevates this vital sentiment to a passion-suffused life force, available to all, composed of hope, reverence for the unattainable, and the desire for more. Friendly, humorous, informative, Dancing in the Dark connects life to art, fact to fiction, and present to past.

About the Author:

Barbara Lazear Ascher is a former attorney who has written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Yale Review, Elle, Vogue, Redbook, Mademoiselle, and numerous other magazines. Her work has been widely syndicated and anthologized and published internationally. Ascher's most recent book, Landscape Without Gravity, is a memoir of her brother, who died of AIDS.

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