In the Cauldron at Midnight

Can a woman be a muse and an artist? In theory, yes. In practice, the roles seldom overlap comfortably. “All that means is you’re someone else’s object,” as Leonora Carrington put it.

Ghost Whisperers

The men and women in prisons across this country have an American song to sing, a story to tell. Even as there is an increased concern that our society has become too punitive, few of us know what that song might sound like. Arts programs in prisons—rare enough to begin with—are often temporary and vulnerable to cancellation. (The same is true of schools.) Apparently the overseers of notorious Parchman Farm prison in Mississippi in the early twentieth century saw the value of music. Work songs and field hollers were at the very least tolerated, because they moved the work along at a pace, and toward a profit.

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This Land Is Our Land
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Out of Control
After two hundred years, how exactly are we to go back to Mary Shelley’s ‘Frankenstein’ itself, as distinct from its proliferating, multimedia myth?
Super Goethe
He alarmed people as much as he charmed them, not only by his sudden flare-ups and his unpredictable antics, but by his foul language.
More Light!
In David Hockney’s work, the video and the iPad lie side by side with the canvas and photo composite, all surfaces intended to please

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Outing the Inside
Louise Bourgeois called attention to emotions that most people prefer to keep hidden: shame, disgust, fear of abandonment, jealousy, anger.

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