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Picturing a World

Hallowe’en 2016

Today’s image comes via It’s About Time, but could equally have come from Liberty Puzzles. As the 2016 election spirals down, I regret not having ordered one for distraction!

For a wealth of holiday postcards from the New York Public Library, click here.

And I’ve just discovered a book that bears looking into, American Holiday Postcards, 1905–1915. Addendum: For a helpful review, click hereRead More 
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Not fallacy—art!

This week on a visit to the Sterling and Francine Art Institute, I saw again this painting by Inness, one of my favorites. An October 17th recent New Yorker article on Ursula Le Guin states, “From Thomas Hardy, she learned to handle strong feelings infiction by pouring them into landscapes, letting the settings carry part of the emotional charge. ‘There’s a patronizing word for that: the “pathetic fallacy,”’ she says. ‘It’s not a fallacy; it’s art.’” (p. 40)  Read More 
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Villain in the narrative arc

Thanks to Greer Gilman for connecting me to this comment on Donald Trump from Zoe Williams in the Guardian: “There is no story arc for this man, no journey; he can get no better, and we already knew that he could get no worse. So his narrative is broken. He can no longer be the anti-hero of his own film; he can only be the villain in somebody else’s.” Read More 
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