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Hopper: A Mirror for the Soul.


Edward Hopper, painting, realism, art, philosophy, frozen moment, alienation, solitude, loneliness, divisions in society, hireth, nostalgia, resentment of elites, migration, three separations, A Woman in the Sun, 1961, Automat, 1927, Summertime in the City, 1950, Excursion into Philosophy, 1959, House by the Railroad [1925], New York Movie, 1939, Room in New York, 1932, Pennsylvania Coal Town, 1947, Search for Meaning, A Woman in the Sun, 1961

  The Paintings of Edward Hopper Here sits a lonely woman! Surrounded by the dark, she seems lost in thought. Her isolation is so oppressive, even the radiator turns from her and crouches in the corner. Suppose you could talk to her. What would she say?  “I hate small town life! Life must be better […]

What’s Great Literature? #2]


Matisse, Sylvia Beach, James Joyce, Ulysses, Shakespeare and Company, Lost generation, book publishing, patrons, literary criticism, Paris, publishing Ulysses, art criticism, radiance, harmony, conceptual art, representational art,

Sylvia Beach knew great literature! How wonderful for one of the twentieth century’s most famous authors to have met her in Paris that hot July day in 1920! She was the owner of a small English bookstore at 12 Rue Odéon, which was also a lending library and social gathering place for writers of the […]

Remembrance Day, Nineteen Seventeen


A century has passed since the events in this story took place in a little town—Belleville, Ontario. It’s the way I like to remember wars—all wars on Remembrance Day. My father told us this story many times about his own father. It’s the best “anti-war” story I’ve ever heard. With great respect to all those […]

Are you with Picasso?


Picasso, Lascaux, cave art, Guernica, art, humanities, creativity, novels, philosophy, The Trilogy of Remembrance, The Wondrous Apothecary,

  When the great artist, Picasso, creator of Guernica, first visited the caves at Lascaux in France to see the paintings of our ancestors, he said, “We have learned nothing in thirty thousand years.”  What did he mean? Of course, he was astounded by the brilliant artistry, but he was also struck by humankind’s lack […]

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