Jan
11

Virgil & Dante

A bust (1861) of Dante with his master and guide Virgil by Baron Henri de Triqueti at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

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Nov
18

Friday Fist Pump: La guerre est finie

This week I’ve been thinking not about the film La guerre est finie but about the early 1990′s and the music made in the uncertain glow of the Cold War’s end.  (It was the end of history itself according to Francis Fukuyama, a view that now appears dangerously naive in light of the economic catastrophe, [...]

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Sep
12

From Sonoma to Mendocino, California

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Aug
05

Fascinating Ruins

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Aug
04

The Oregon Coast

Last month I spent a few days along the Oregon coast in and around Newport.  The scenery was spectacular, the seafood was remarkably fresh and delicious, and the cooler weather was a welcome respite from the sticky heat of a metropolitan East Coast summer.  (Descending into the New York subway at this time of year [...]

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Jul

10

The Paintings of Jin Xingshi

  Four years ago, I had the privilege of staying with the Chinese artist Jin Xingshi at his home in Tokyo, where his work has been exhibited at the National Art Center.  Living between Beijing and Tokyo, Mr. Jin paints using various media, but he is at his best in the realm of traditional Chinese [...]

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