"A modest proposal for this country's great repositories of pre-20th century American art"....
Does fear of death explain the development of art, religion, language, economics, science, and almost all of human behavior?
The consolations of poetry are not benign illusion or false hope. Poetry is equipment for living, an education in reconciling ourselves to our fates.
We don’t look to poems for factual truths. Poetry is truest when it attends to something beyond facts: the education of our emotions.
From Gilgamesh on, the afterlife has taken many guises. Our view is an incoherent projection of needs and impulses, irreconcilably at odds.
When the times are brutal and the news is all lies, great poets experience our loneliness for us.
Wit can be charming or mean, whimsical or incisive. Done well, it mocks pretension, false self-esteem, snobbery. Wit is vital – and in decline
An unexpected key to understanding culture.
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
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