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Must the Dark Knight brood? Does every incarnation of the Batman need to be darker than the last? Maybe that’s a question for today’s superhero fan base, but we’re fortunate to have had it answered long ago. From 1966 to … Continue reading
We take this day as personal time, hopefully as a time of reflection and gratitude but in any case as a day that exists as an exemplar of freedom, bought and paid for, like all freedoms, with blood and sacrifice. … Continue reading
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
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
~ ~ With thanks and salud to Max Stossel.
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
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
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
…In 1888, Vincent Van Gogh cut off his ear. Happy Holidays!
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
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
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
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
Hat tip and thanks to online comedy purveyors Above Average for providing 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