The Writer PBS Series, Channel 17
Lawrence Weschler, long-time writer for the New Yorker, chronicles the work and antics of currency artist J. S. G. Boggs in Boggs: A Comedy of Values (1999, ISBN 0-226-89395-2). Toby Lester, writing in The Atlantic Monthly, says ". . .the book, like the artist, challenges people to pause and consider the extent to which the economic bedrock of everyday life is in part a confusing welter of artistic abstractions. It's a work that is at once informative, entertaining, and provocative--a reading experience, one might say, of rather good value."
Weschler is also the author of Calamities of Exile (1998), essays on the lives of three political exiles and their opposition to totalitarian regimes, and Mr. Wilson's Cabinet of Wonder: Pronged Ants, Horned Humans, Mice on Toast and Other Marvels (1995), which was a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. In 1998 he was a recipient of the prestigious Lannan Literary Award
"Lawrence Weschler is a wonderful writer--his writing has humor, intelligence, tolerance, curiosity, and a kind of lightly held grace." - Larry McCurtry
"Against a disparate background (trompe l'oeil painting, the Secret Service, ritual sacrifice, the Swiss equivalent of Chanukah gelt, etc.), Lawrence Weschler spins the tale of the fascinating J. S. G. Boggs, artist and philosophical con man. Weschler's purposely rich and wonderfully elaborate tale is delivered with professorial, infectious, handwringing glee." - Ricky Jay
"A fascinating story of artistic dare-deviltry, and of the shared delusion we call money. Mr. Weschler is an excellent writer." - Ian Frazier
"One thing that makes Lawrence Weschler different from most writers is the sheer glee he communicates. This book is complete pleasure. It's also a perfect mix of funny and serious: a little frolic with someone who does things that seem irresistibly fun, and, at the same time, raise vast questions about something we all take for granted. I found myself reaching into my wallet, pulling out a ten-dollar bill and just staring at it, trying to see the blank paper under the green and black ink, trying to understanding what makes money money." - Ira Glass, Host of This American Life
Additional works by Lawrence Weschler