The Work of Genius

This month's issue offers "First Drafts" from a variety of artists. Among them is Chuck Close. When we were pulling this together, I got a call from the web team asking me to moderate a discussion between Chuck and Paul Simon. I was initially alarmed because I didn't think I knew any of Close's work. Then I went to his studio and realized I knew quite a bit of it.


Anyway, listening to him and Paul Simon talk about how they work was an honor above honors. We've got a series of clips from the interview up here. Below is one of my favorites.

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Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent at The Atlantic, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues. He is the author of the memoir The Beautiful Struggle.

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