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Philly Is Cooler Than It Should Be

The missus and I took a quick jaunt to Philadelphia this weekend. As a Mets fan, I’m supposed to be hard-wired to dislike the City of Brotherly Love. But it’s hard to dislike a place with so much public art – lots of murals and mosaics. One artist, Isaiah Zagar, has made an entire life [...]

Nothing To See Here Folks, But…

If you’re desperate for a little hot B&E; action on a Sunday (on a Sunday? Really?), check out my guest post on the Artsy Fartsy Tim blog instead. You (all six of you B&E; readers) should check out Tim’s blog regularly. He talks art and shows art, sometimes discusses politics, and he’s rather obsessed with [...]

Bernie Wins a Small Victory.

Bernie Sanders, Independent (Socialist-In-All-But-Name) Senator of Vermont, has been a long-time favorite here at B&E;, ever since (OK, even before) he showed up at an event hosted by my nonprofit employer at the time and ate a piece of cake (pictured right!). Almost-Outta-There-President Bush has had his portrait done for the National Portrait Gallery in [...]

That Sounds Like a Fine Idea

Over the past year or so, I’ve been reading about the Works Progress Administration, you know, the WPA, which was a government-sponsored program during the Great Depression that put millions of people to work. Not knowing too much about it, I began with some general overviews of the entire program and then I began to [...]

Death to the Arts!

So I had occasion to peruse the National Endowment for the Arts website the other day, and was drawn to a bit of curiousness. At the bottom of their donation page (apparently government organizations can accept tax-deductible donations from the public), it reads thusly: Please note that mail sent to the Arts Endowment is frequently [...]

A Water Falls in Brooklyn

First the telectroscope and now the waterfalls. New York’s on a public art kick. Look out! Some Danish guy who likes making fake weather environments decided that New York City could use some waterfalls. So the Public Art Fund and a bunch of private donors (Look, conservatives! No tax money for art!) got together to [...]

Richie Was Having a Great Time

There’s this art event happening in New York and London for the next few weeks, and I went to check it out this morning. It’s the Telectroscope! If you want to know more about the Telectroscope and the myth the artist made up around it, you can follow the link. What the Telectroscope does, in [...]

That’s What We Call Full Spectrum

Ask pretty much any Scotsperson and they’ll tell you that the Scots invented everything. Generally speaking, when such topics of conversation come up in my presence, I nod and agree and fall back on a completely true positive statement: Scotland is the most beautiful place I’ve ever been. Yes, I do think that many superlative [...]

Doris Lessing is Nonplussed

Man, I do love it when a Brit wins the Nobel Prize for Literature. Back in 2005, during his pre-recorded Nobel Prize acceptance speech, a very ill Harold Pinter hit us full in the face with his anger. He doesn’t much care for lying, and he shared his thoughts on lying with the power of [...]

Ian McEwan, Good With the Words

I’ve been reading fiction again. In recent months, it had been a struggle. Hell, I’ve always been a bit of a reluctant reader. As a kid, I much preferred playing outside. I couldn’t keep my eyes on a page if my life depended on it. I couldn’t take in the information. I’d flip pages and [...]