Since the 2007–2009 "WACK!" exhibition in Los Angeles and New York, there has been a passionate reinvestigation of feminist art. Amelia Jones, to give just one example, wonders in a recent X-Tra magazine essay whether feminist artists have regressed to a desire to "make money out of the bodies (and
Seattle is among the unlikelier American cities to be settling its accounts of racial strife. After all, the home of grunge, Starbucks, and the Space Needle prides itself on a certain shaggy, do-it-yourself civic sensibility. It's the town of Frasier, Bill Gates, and Jimi Hendrix, not Bull Connor,
The enormous black hole in the book is the Grand Puppetmaster himself, Dick Cheney, the man who was prime minister to Bush's figurehead president. In Decision Points, as in the Bush years, he is nearly always hiding in an undisclosed location.
New York City is built on the backs of earnest, reticent, frugal, and ambitious Midwesterners. These are "the settlers" who make up the "Third New York" immortalized in E.B. White's Here Is New York. Look in the right places and they seem to be everywhere: Minnesotans ordering the cheapest beers on
In a 1999 London Review of Books essay, the Scottish novelist Andrew O'Hagan recalled stopping one night at the window of the Ferragamo store on Fifth Avenue. On display were a pair of stilettos once owned by Marilyn Monroe, "scarlet satin, encrusted with matching rhinestones," which put O'Hagan in
The girl in the photograph wears her black hair tucked behind her ears. Her part is slightly crooked, and there is a small mole low on her throat, right above the top button of her blouse. She might be anywhere between five and ten years old. She's been posed against a wall or a screen. Stripped of
For the declaration that he is the greatest living short-story writer in English to have become a cliché, William Trevor must be doing something right. After a cover-to-cover reading of this Anglo-Irishman's second doorstop collection, "Selected Stories," what lingers is less lone memorable tales
Since humanity emerged from nomadism, the cultivation of food has been a key component of our culture. It's a reflection of wealth, an indication of mechanical prowess, and an instrument of war. And as historian Nick Cullather reminds us, food was also the basis for some of the most charged encounters
The twenty-years-in-the-making posthumous first novel of downtown poet, musician, and Basketball Diarist Jim Carroll tells the story of Billy Wolfram, a thirty-eight-year-old "'80s artist" who suffers a spiritual crisis after viewing Velázquez paintings at the Met. He stumbles from the museum to the
Alice Neel enjoyed the greatest second act in the history of American art. Her paintings of New York bohemian life earned high praise, especially from leftist critics, during the Great Depression, but she fell into near-total obscurity with the rise of abstract expressionism after World War II.