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As long as I can remember in the nearly 27 years of my short life, is that there has always been a push to get people excited and ready to look ahead for the next election. I distinctly remember in 2012, the call for an “autopsy” as to why the Republican Party had lost, that …

Amnestic Democracy Read More »

Reel Talk videos are a way to get out my ideas in an impromptu, stream of consciousness format that I hope will be something for viewers to think about and stir conversations on the political and cultural issues not just of the day but also for our present age.

Elon Musk now owns Twitter. I’m going to make this short, as the news events are still relatively unfolding. This isn’t the first time we’ve done this, talking about Twitter, which we did when Jack Dorsey left. Prudent Perceptions Digital Anarcho-Tyranny Jack Dorsey’s Gone. Should we celebrate? After all, it is better to stick with …

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[Image: Cosimo Casoni, Untitled, 2021, oil, acrylic, spray paint, fingerprints on canvas, 230 x 200 cm (90 x 78 in)] New exhibition “Post-Vandalism” blends Street Art and fine art in a vigorous, discordant blend. As Matt McMurry shows me around the gallery he co-founded, he speaks passionately and eloquently about the art around us, which …

Street Art comes in from the cold  Read More »

Alexander Adams Images and discussions of public spaces in Paris over the nineteenth century are dominated by certain types: the flâneur, the policeman, the child, the prostitute, the beggar, the crowd. Bridget Alsdorf, associate professor of Art and Archaeology at Princeton University, looks at these types through the perspective of fine art, illustration and photography. …

Gawkers: Art and Audience in Late Nineteenth-Century France Read More »

“People talk about the increased moralism of the Victorian age. What often goes unsaid is that there must have been – and was – quite a lot of decadence and debauchery in the preceding era: the Georgian period. If you want evidence of that depravity, there is no better place to go this winter than …

“Henry Fuseli at the Courtauld” Read More »

“The Line” megaproject was brought to my attention again recently: There has been a lot of commentary around “The Line” that goes like: “It’s dystopia city! The Great Reset!” Well, maybe it is that, too, but I think it’s quite obviously something else—assuming it doesn’t even up just being another failed megaproject, of which there …

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The central premise of the book is that exaggerated doubt in the CIA’s competence, budget cuts, and real intelligence failures led to the major intelligence failures of the 21st century. The book is very fair to its criticized parties, offering a steel-man case for them in turn. In the CIA’s case, the author offers a …

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“One female painter we will hear more of this winter is Paula Modersohn-Becker, about whom Uwe Schneede has written a well-illustrated survey. An exhibition of Modersohn-Becker’s art will open at the Royal Academy (12 November 2022-12 February 2023) alongside art by Käthe Kollwitz, Gabriele Munther and Marianne Werefkin.  “ “A London training “Paula Becker was born in …

“Paul Modersohn-Becker: A Life in Art” Read More »

If you don’t know what I’m referring to, I’ll give a basic overview of events based on how I see it. So you’ll get my biased perspective, obviously, as I cannot speak for the individuals involved in the past few weeks. This is not to defend The Rizoma School or Mrs. Colby, or the Twitter …

Gatekeeping and Witch Trials Read More »