Art Garfunkel once envisioned a simple life as a mathematics teacher. He earned a master’s degree and was on his way to becoming a Ph.D. That plan was derailed when he and Paul Simon became famous as the folk-rock duo Simon & Garfunkel.
“What Is It All but Luminous” is a charming book of prose and poetry. In it, he reveals his thoughts and feelings about his turbulent life.
Garfunkel’s accomplishments are many: With Paul Simon, he won six Grammy Awards, the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. As a solo singer, he scored three Top 20 hits. He also won acclaim for his film roles in “Catch-22” and “Carnal Knowledge.”
In 1970, S&G broke up after dominating the pop charts for five years. In 1981, he performed with Simon before more than 500,000-plus fans in New York’s Central Park.
Garfunkel’s poems in “Luminous” are witty, candid and imaginative. He comes through as a highly intelligent man trying to make sense of his extraordinary life.