Contemporary

Curator, Tear Down These Walls

Author: 
Roberta Smith - The New York Times
Feature Type: 
Articles
Tradition: 
Contemporary

"A modest proposal for this country's great repositories of pre-20th century American art"....

Death Denial: Does our terror of dying drive almost everything we do?

Author: 
Marc Parry - The Chronicle Review
Feature Type: 
Articles
Tradition: 
Contemporary

Does fear of death explain the development of art, religion, language, economics, science, and almost all of human behavior?

Equipment for Living: Poetry's Complex Consolations

Author: 
Michael Robbins - Poetry Magazine
Feature Type: 
Articles
Tradition: 
Contemporary

The consolations of poetry are not benign illusion or false hope. Poetry is equipment for living, an education in reconciling ourselves to our fates.

Poetry & Truth

Author: 
David Yezzi
Feature Type: 
Articles
Tradition: 
Contemporary

We don’t look to poems for factual truths. Poetry is truest when it attends to something beyond facts: the education of our emotions.

Heaven is a Place on Earth: Popular Culture Has More To Say About The Afterlife Than Religion

Author: 
John Gray reviews Greg Garrett’s Entertaining Judgement: the Afterlife in Popular Imagination.
Feature Type: 
Reviews
Tradition: 
Contemporary
Related Course: 
*Part III: Seminar

From Gilgamesh on, the afterlife has taken many guises. Our view is an incoherent projection of needs and impulses, irreconcilably at odds.

I am in Love with Poetry

Author: 
Andrew O’Hagan - The Guardian
Feature Type: 
Articles
Tradition: 
Contemporary

When the times are brutal and the news is all lies, great poets experience our loneliness for us.

From Wit to Twit(ter)

Author: 
Joseph Epstein - Commentary
Feature Type: 
Articles
Tradition: 
Contemporary

Wit can be charming or mean, whimsical or incisive. Done well, it mocks pretension, false self-esteem, snobbery. Wit is vital – and in decline

Philosophy in a Clown Suit

Author: 
Paul A. Cantor - The Weekly Standard
Feature Type: 
Articles
Tradition: 
Contemporary
Related Course: 
*Part III: Seminar

An unexpected key to understanding culture.

When the Art Is Watching You

Author: 
Ellen Gamerman - Wall Street Journal
Feature Type: 
Articles
Tradition: 
Contemporary

At today’s museums, all eyes aren’t just on the art. They’re on the visitors. Museums are mining detailed information from visitors, raising questions about the use of Big Data in the arts

When Giving Is All We Have

Author: 
Alberto Ríos
Feature Type: 
Poems
Tradition: 
Contemporary

When Giving Is All We Have

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