Ghost in the Machine

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art by Diane Landry; photo by Richard Asch


Here I am wandering amidst the wonder that is Diane Landry’s Knight of Infinite Resignation (which made me a lot happier than it did the artist if the title is anything to go by), on display at Mass MoCA as part of their “Oh, Canada” exhibition. I don’t think I’ve ever been in a more kid-appealing museum, although the don’t-touch dictums might be hard to enforce, and there was one thing on display which involved broken glass. The exhibition of Canadian art included lots of things a kid would love–a glowing car, photos of spooky planes (apparently those used for “extraordinary rendition”), a little tent made of felt you could walk into and watch a movie. A life-size diorama of a Tonto- and Lone Rangerish pair looks as much like C.S.I. as it does Brokeback Mountain. But do go, with or without the kids. The Diane Landry installation twinkles and shimmers and buzzes enough to satisfy even Blair Daniels.

One north-of-the-border bonus we had at the exhibition was running into one of our favorite Canadians, Groundwood publisher Patsy Aldana, down to Represent. Oh, I’m sure she wouldn’t put it that way, either.

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Roger Sutton has been the editor in chief of The Horn Book, Inc, since 1996. He was previously editor of The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books and a children's and young adult librarian. He received his M.A. in library science from the University of Chicago in 1982 and a B.A. from Pitzer College in 1978. Follow him on Twitter: @RogerReads.

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