(Alex Witchel’s article appeared in The New York Times, 7/21; via Pam Green.)

When I finished reading “The Hirschfeld Century: Portrait of an Artist and His Age,” I cried.

I cried because it had been too long since a joyous Al Hirschfeld drawing heralded the opening of a Broadway show on the cover of The New York Times’s Arts & Leisure section. I cried because it had been too long since I’d seen Al Hirschfeld at the theater, pen in hand, waiting like a kid for the show to begin. I cried because when I told my 44-year-old brother that I was ­writing about Al Hirschfeld, he looked blank before saying, “The guy with the ­‘Ninas’?”

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/26/books/review/the-hirschfeld-century-portrait-of-an-artist-and-his-age.html?_r=0

View on Amazon: ‘THE HIRSCHFELD CENTURY: PORTRAIT OF AN ARTIST AND HIS AGE’: http://www.amazon.com/Hirschfeld-Century-Portrait-Artist-His/dp/110187497X/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1438444636&sr=8-1-fkmr0&keywords=%E2%80%98THE+HIRSCHFELD+CENTURY%3A+PORTRAIT+OF+AN+ARTIST+AND+HIS+AGE%E2%80%99

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