Art: Portrait of the Autist As a Young Man

Dear Little Sister,

Please excuse my silence. Ever since I, a fortunate exchange student, arrived in New York I have been absorbed in the comprehension of American art, beside which the hours we spent committing the Thousand Sutras to memory seem, as they say here, a "snap." Last week I went to an exhibition by a young artist from California. His name is Chris Burden, and though he is only 29, many consider him a sadhu. It is at the Ronald Feldman Gallery, a known place of refuge for distinguished fakirs like Joseph Bueys, who, unlike our own sadhus in India, wears...

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