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Ostara

Who can lay claim to a holiday, or a holy day? Today is the first Sunday after the first full moon, after the vernal equinox. If ever there was a pagan-y way of fixing a feast on the calendar, that’d … Continue reading

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“Aaron Burr” takes a shot, we all feel the recoil

Culture and current events intersected, as they do, when this weekend Vice President-elect Mike Pence attended the Broadway mega-hit musical, Hamilton, and was addressed both with sporadic boos (and some cheers) upon his entrance, and with with a stirring appeal … Continue reading

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The beer sonnet

~ ~ With thanks and salud to Max Stossel.

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Friday freebie – a novella just for you

A question I’m frequently asked, not always in the most patient of tones, is what becomes of the central characters, Sara and John, from my first novel, Mind.Net. Well…I still can’t completely answer that, as the sequel to that book … Continue reading

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RIP Muhammad Ali (Jan. 17, 1942 – June 3, 2016)

He was the greatest. He told us so, but he really didn’t need to. His greatness was easily seen, perfectly understood. When he was 12 years old, in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, his bicycle was stolen. Young Cassius Clay, … Continue reading

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Best subway improv ever

Anyone who’s ever ridden the NYC subway system has shared a collective suppressed groan when a man with a money can stands up and says, “Ladies and gentlemen, can I have your attention….” So for the benefit of us all … Continue reading

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On this date…

…In 1888, Vincent Van Gogh cut off his ear. Happy Holidays!

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A century of the absurd – Looking back on Dada

It was roughly a hundred years ago (the dates are hard to pin down) that one of history’s most vibrant, innovative, and influential art movements was born. Dadaism dominated the scene for a scant twenty years, spinning off from the … Continue reading

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Artist / provocateur Petro Wodkins makes Putin’s head explode

Petro Wodkins is by now an old friend of the Deconstruction—we chuckled with him back in May ’13 when he hijacked Belgium’s beloved Mannekin Pis (and replaced it with himself). And we thrilled with him in the following year when … Continue reading

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Richard Prince: borrowing talent, selling a lie

Careful what you upload to Instagram. You just might wind up an inadvertent and uncompensated collaborator to serial fauxtographer, Richard Prince. Prince seems to have built a career by profiting from a fine line that most artists, writers, and harried … Continue reading

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Andy Warhol and the 64-bit treasure hunt

Just over a year ago the Andy Warhol Museum announced something the art world couldn’t have anticipated: the recovery of numerous works by the pop-art maestro unseen for nearly 30 years. Of course, discovery or rediscovery of lost masterpieces isn’t … Continue reading

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Too many to remember, too execrable to forget

Hat tip and thanks to online comedy purveyors Above Average for┬áproviding a timely if flippant reminder that history abounds with calamitous jackasses. The debut episode of their edifyingly educational web series, Forgotten Assholes of History is up (as well as … Continue reading

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History in the margins

It might be the bane of librarians, but after a certain interval marginalia becomes history itself. In this case the tome is the Black Book of Carmarthen (so named for its distinctive black binding), and as the oldest known manuscript … Continue reading

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Jian Ghomeshi – a predator in the spotlight

Short of a confession, in these vexing and vicious cases of “he said/she said,” the next best thing for determining guilt has to be a preponderance of evidence. And short of evidence—because the predator often takes care not to leave … Continue reading

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Is the art world wracked by fraud?

Seems like a dirty little secret of the art world, one that’s probably been whispered about since art became a┬ácommodity and collections became investments, is breaking out into the open. Dealers, curators, and those investment-level collectors probably aren’t sanguine about … Continue reading

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