Essays

Essays

May 25th 2014

History is the story of the struggle of the psychologically normal majority of humanity to free ourselves from the tyranny of a psychologically disordered minority who are marked by their innate propensity for violence and greed.

May 22nd 2014

Part I – Watershed Moments

May 20th 2014

While we all rightly celebrate the protections afforded free speech by the First Amendment and are thankful, as President Obama said recently at the annual White House Correspondents Dinner, "We really are lucky to live in a country where reporters get to give a head of state a hard time on a da

May 20th 2014

Born in 1899, Lucio Fontana was an artistic child of the early 20th century: after being classically trained as a sculptor in his father's studio, he experimented with the major movements of his youth, including Cubism, Futurism, and Surrealism, as he became a painter.

May 16th 2014

Who said these words? “You just don’t invade another country on a phony pretext in order to assert your interests.”

May 13th 2014

The time is ripe for Christians to make a major refocus and become serious about the kingdom of God on earth, which Jesus set out to establish and which was the reason for his arrest, trial and execution by Roman officials.

May 8th 2014

I had the flu when I reread To the Lighthouse, more than 30 years after my first reading, and I was struck in the haze of fever by my frailty in the face of illness and aging and by Virginia Woolf’s poetic vision of life and death and what it all means.

May 4th 2014

John Nava, one of America's pre-eminent realist artists, is the subject of a small show of twelve portraits -- paintings, monotypes and Jacquard tapestries -- now on view at the Vita Art Center in Ventura.

May 1st 2014

“Ukraine – his Ukraine – was dead, a corpse. No, it was worse. It was gone. It had disappeared, vanished. It had been extinguished and obliterated by the Russians.

Apr 26th 2014
In the New York Times Book Review, Adam Kirsch laments a lost love -- the poetry of T.S. Eliot.
Apr 21st 2014

The sensible Joe Nocera is concerned: Apple has lost its creative mojo.

Apr 19th 2014

Christina Baker Kline is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Orphan Trainand four other novels: 

Apr 19th 2014

On Sunday, April 13, the day before Passover, a man named Frazier Glenn Cross, known as Glenn Miller, is alleged to have shot and killed three people outside two Jewish facilities in Overland Park, Kansas.

Apr 19th 2014

LeRoy Neiman’s paintings, posters and famed handlebar mustache made him one of the most recognizable artists of our time. 

Apr 17th 2014

Next Sunday is Easter.  At 6:30 a.m.

Apr 16th 2014

Catherine Ryan Hyde is the author of 24 published and forthcoming books, including Where We Belong, Walk Me Home, When You Were Older, Don’t Let Me Go, When I Found You, and Second Hand Heart. Forthcoming are Take Me With You, and Pay It Forward: Young Readers Edition.

Apr 14th 2014
One of the biggest events in Robert Mankoff’s life was the day Nancy Pelosi stole a caption from his cartoon and used it without attribution.
Apr 10th 2014

In the introduction to his excellent history of modern art, George Heard Hamilton observed that:

Apr 10th 2014

First, a rant: Every year, the Pulitzer Prize Board announces the nominees and winners in mid-April. The nominees and winners are announced the same day. There is no Nominations Day followed a few weeks or months later by Announcement Day. There is only Announcement Day.

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