Art, glamorous as its image may seem, struggles to be taken seriously as an academic discipline in universities. Perhaps as a consequence, there is the constant
Yes, you can believe it now: madness is
Just when we think we know why we are superior to monkeys – the larger size of our prefrontal cortex: that ‘thinking’ or executive brain – now neuro-biologists are telling us we don’t really
Who is the greater novelist, Tolstoy or Dostoevsky? The writer Kevin Hartnett, writing in The Millions admitted to his preference for “Tolstoy’s ability to see the angles of everyday life to Dostoevsky’s taste for the manic edges of experience.
On this day, February 15, Richard Feynman died in Los Angeles, in 1988. He was of course the Nobel physicist (1965) who was well known for his idiosyncrasies. One of them was that he played the Bongo drum (professionally), and furthermore, from repairing radios to picking locks… to painting and poetry he did it all. So on this day, I will print a poem from one of his lectures, The Value of Science:
There are two types of believers in art, or religion, or even science: the true believer, who is constantly testing his beliefs by
In his late seventies, and nearly blind with severe cataracts, was Monet ‘experimenting’, painting ‘modernist abstractions’? Many have long claimed just that from his late broad brushstrokes, lack of detail and highlights, and dark, muddy colors. Others see a darkened vision of advancing age, which is true; except it was quite real, not entirely psychological.