Here’s how this week’s arts and culture column begins:
“All the Beauty in the World: A Museum Guard’s Adventures in Life, Loss and Art” (Simon & Schuster, $27.99) is Patrick Bringley’s best-selling memoir about the decade he spent working at New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art.
When the book begins, his beloved older brother has just died. Into the narrative Bringley weaves his grief, his wonder, his wide-ranging curiosity about art. The tone is hopeful, wryly self-reflective, and human in its widest range.
Bringley is well-educated, a voracious reader, and an indefatigable researcher.
Far from considering the work of a museum guard beneath him, however, he considers his job at the Met a great honor.
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