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Agincourt by Bernard Cornwell

February 24, 2009 – 11:14 am | 2 Comments
<em>Agincourt</em> by Bernard Cornwell

Much more serious, though, is the book’s take on the medieval world as a whole. Alongside the loud cynicism of its insistence that the battles are meaningless, the church is corrupt and the aristocracy live in a different world, Agincourt continually asserts a broadly positive, modern outlook.

George Tooker at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

February 23, 2009 – 10:50 am | 4 Comments
George Tooker at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Tooker’s paintings are questions not answers. The drama takes place away from the picture plain, as viewers grapple with the implications of what they see before them.

Falling off the Edge: Travels Through the Dark Heart of Globalization by Alex Perry

February 16, 2009 – 10:55 am |
<em>Falling off the Edge: Travels Through the Dark Heart of Globalization</em> by Alex Perry

Perry describes a world without a middle class, a world in which, according to 2006 statistics, one percent of the world’s adults own forty percent of all global assets. The richest ten percent own eighty-five percent, while the poorest half own less than one percent.

The Lazarus Project by Aleksandar Hemon

February 11, 2009 – 11:25 am | One Comment
<em>The Lazarus Project</em> by Aleksandar Hemon

On the morning of March 2, 1908, Lazarus Averbuch, a young Jewish immigrant who had fled the 1903 pogrom in Kishinev, knocked on the door of Chicago Police Chief George Shippy. Noting Averbuch’s foreign features and working man’s dress, the officer assumed he was an anarchist and gunned him down.

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

February 8, 2009 – 10:59 am | 193 Comments
<em>The Help</em> by Kathryn Stockett

Yet when an author treads into specific territories, the ground becomes awfully muddy. We’re happy to let writers play around with being a Roman slave of the first century or a prostitute of the eighteenth, but when it comes to depicting a person who has lived through the Holocaust or the Civil Rights era, ah, then I think we hesitate. Does an author, even in the services of fiction, have a right to appropriate these stories?

The Patron’s Payoff: Conspicuous Commissions in Italian Renaissance Art by Jonathan K. Nelson and Richard J. Zeckhauser

February 4, 2009 – 12:22 pm |
<em>The Patron’s Payoff: Conspicuous Commissions in Italian Renaissance Art</em> by Jonathan K. Nelson and Richard J. Zeckhauser

No less than the American financier who donates a museum wing on condition it bears his name, or the merchandiser who endows a university institute named for him, the results of Renaissance patronage had to be, first of all, highly visible.

Moscow & St. Petersburg 1900-1920: Art, Life, & Culture of the Russian Silver Age by John E. Bowlt

February 2, 2009 – 11:00 am |
<em>Moscow & St. Petersburg 1900-1920: Art, Life, & Culture of the Russian Silver Age</em> by John E. Bowlt

Writers of the caliber of Anton Chekov, Alexsander Blok and Anna Akhmatova, visionary artists like Mikhail Vrubel, Leon Bakst and Kazimir Malevich and inspired patrons like Diaghilev were matched by counterparts in music, architecture, the social sciences and Russia’s burgeoning Industrial Revolution. Composer Igor Stravinsky, the aviation pioneer Igor Sikorsky, dancer Vaslav Nijinksy and a host of others formed a constellation of talent worthy of comparison to the leading lights of Florence in the age of Lorenzo de Medici.

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