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FUNNY ART

Northampton artist Nanette “Nanny” Vonnegut inherited the off-beat sense of humor that her father, the novelist Kurt, was known for. Consider her newest body of work, from her pencil self-portrait as a tattoo queen to an oil painting titled “Clowns in the Wilderness,” that would make a great New Yorker cartoon: “Clowns in the Wilderness,” showing three clowns around a lakeside campfire. At William Baczek Fine Arts in Northampton, along with sculptures by Gina Kamentsky.

ANOTHER GOOD BET

I can’t believe the great stuff I keep discovering at the book drop-off at the Northampton Recycling Center on Locust Street. In recent months I’ve found the Jane Hamilton novel “Disobedience,” David McCullough’s “1776,” and the brutal Holocaust memoir “The Cap.” This is a mini-library well worth a visit.

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