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Take Your Seat For Group Therapy That’s a Piece of Theater

2018-03-18T09:23:08+00:00 March 18th, 2018|Categories: Art&Literature, Personal, Uncategorized|

When you walk into the theatrical piece, Prurience, it will feel like walking into the kind of bare office-room where a group therapy session might conceivably occur. You will have to suspend disbelief that you are, in fact, inside the very swanky confines of the Guggenheim Museum’s restaurant, The Wright.

‘I created Steve Bannon’s psychological warfare tool’

2018-03-18T04:39:43+00:00 March 18th, 2018|Categories: Art&Literature, Media, Uncategorized, Wanderings|

This is Ken's comment. There’s a tendency in all of us to gather useful stuff and feel good about it. To collect is a reward in itself. As knowledge workers, we’re inclined to look for the next groundbreaking thought, for intellectual stimulation: we pile up promising books and articles, and we store half the internet as bookmarks,

The Miracle of Van Morrison’s “Astral Weeks”

2018-03-14T06:37:30+00:00 March 14th, 2018|Categories: Art&Literature, Personal, Uncategorized|

Van Morrison’s “Astral Weeks” has always seemed like a fluke. In November, 1968, the irascible songwriter from Belfast released a jazz-influenced acoustic song cycle that featured minimal percussion, an upright bass, flute, harpsichord, vibraphone, strings, and stream-of-consciousness lyrics about being transported to “another time” and “another place.” The album was recorded in three sessions, with the

What Kills Good Movies

2018-03-14T17:27:12+00:00 March 14th, 2018|Categories: Art&Literature, Media, Uncategorized|

Two of my fellow-critics have gotten the ball rolling. Inspired by a tweet from Matt Zoller Seitz, David Ehrlich asked me and other film critics a provocative question for the latest of his weekly IndieWire surveys: my choice for a film maudit, a “widely despised and/or financially unsuccessful movie” from the last two years that will turn out

Inside David Byrne’s Cheerful Dystopia

2018-03-09T05:46:17+00:00 March 9th, 2018|Categories: Art&Literature, Uncategorized|

Although he’s often construed as a cheeky urban ironist, much of Mr. Byrne’s music, in the Pop Art tradition of Richard Hamilton or Andy Warhol, arises from an ingenuous fascination with mundane objects. Cynicism and wonder both permeate his new slippery art-pop album, “American Utopia,” which, he said, portrays “the state of the country: who

Future of Music in 25 Songs

2018-03-09T05:57:34+00:00 March 9th, 2018|Categories: Art&Literature, Media, Uncategorized|

People may talk about generations as though they proceed in some orderly parade, but it’s really more like a tug of war: Whichever age group outnumbers the others gets to pull an entire society deep into its own habits, neuroses and preoccupations. As a result, one of the best ways to understand popular culture is

The Waste Land & Art

2018-03-07T08:13:09+00:00 March 7th, 2018|Categories: Art&Literature, Uncategorized|

“Journeys with ‘The Waste Land’: A visual response to T.S. Eliot’s poem” is a dense and many-layered exhibition— but, then, so is The Waste Land on first reading, with its multiple voices, echoes, and allusions. And the exhibition, like the poem, has a brave experimental energy. It feels right that it should be in the airy Turner

Dereliction of Duty?

2018-03-07T08:15:30+00:00 March 7th, 2018|Categories: Art&Literature, Uncategorized|Tags: |

After President Trump fired former Army general Michael Flynn as national security adviser in February 2017, hope reigned that his replacement, Army Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster, would bring order and professionalism to the vital office that Flynn—who has since pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his activities as national security adviser designate—had abused. To generate