Category Archive: art

Hello, I must be going

The Marx Brothers, vaudevillian German-Jews from the now extinct Upper East Side neighborhood of Yorkville, had such difficult childhoods that they would have benefited from years of intensive therapy. But would they have… Continue reading

Luminous still lives: Dutch & Flemish masters

Salem, Massachusetts: the epicenter of cheesy witch merchandise and palm readers (although the memorial to those killed in the town during the 1692 witch hunt is a must-see) is, at least until June… Continue reading

on art and mangroves

If you’ve been reading this blog from the beginning (first post was way back in November 2010, eons ago in internet time) you may recall that I have a thing for tiny houses.… Continue reading

seductive subversion: women pop artists

If you live around these parts (the greater Boston area), you only have a few days left to head over to Tufts University and catch a truly amazing (and free!) exhibit of mostly… Continue reading

the peculiar and fantastic art of Edward Gorey

“I just kind of conjured them up out of my subconscious and put them in order of ascending peculiarity.” —Edward Gorey …and so starts the “Elegant Enigmas: the art of Edward Gorey” exhibit… Continue reading

Ira Glass & why storytelling matters, part 2

This weekend, in between bouts of cross country skiing and running errands, I saw Ira Glass, the creator of NPR’s This American Life speak at Harvard’s chapel-like Sanders Theatre. Called “the nation’s storyteller”… Continue reading

creativity & improvision (the art of winging it)

You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm – Colette My first post about creativity (“The Creative Habit: Use It or Lose It”) discussed how creativity is the result of being… Continue reading

The creative habit: use it or lose it

I made one of my crazy 24-hour whirlwind visits to NYC last weekend. Among other things (some of which I’ll probably write about here, eventually), my friends and I went to the Body… Continue reading

Black Swan

Are you ready to watch a ballet-thriller? When my friend Michele Baker texted me, “Should I do Black Swan or 127 Hours?” for her talk at the Coolidge Corner Theatre’s “Off the Couch”… Continue reading

Fresh Ink

Catching a smaller-scale museum exhibition is a perfect thing to do if you want to soak up a quick dose of culture and don’t want to get overwhelmed by the whole museum thing… Continue reading