Choosing Knowledge: The Crisis of Knowing How We Know – 4

Life is hard. There are winners and losers in real time. When competing for jobs, someone doesn't get hired. When applying for colleges and grad schools, someone doesn't get in. When vying for federal funding, someone loses out. When applying for mortgage loans, somebody doesn't qualify. When plays get submitted to theatres, some are produced, …

The Crisis of Knowing How We Know: Introduction

The Atlantic Monthly’s July/August edition is labeled “The Ideas Issue.”   When I took the Marcus Buckingham “Strengths Finder” test, ideas and “ideation” (the process of thinking) were at the top of the list of my results.  I love ideas, love to think about them, and celebrate when a supposed new one crosses my path.  When …

Irreverence, Icons, and The Holy: The Collage Art of Marty Gordon

And Marty said, “Let there be glue…” And there was glue, applied to icons of the holy, the kitschy, the comic, and the kooky; surreal landscapes featuring damsels and dinosaurs, nudies and nerds, monkeys and moon rockets. Coffee shops are the perfect place to look at art, right?   Maybe, but Marty Gordon’s current show at …

Gillian Wearing: Confessions and Masks

Into our discussion of authenticity comes an artist whose work addresses this head on.  Sort of.  Gillian Wearing, whose name I did not know, is the first in Newsweek's list The 10 Most Important Artists of Today.   A swift look at photographs of her work online suggest a woman interested in hidden layers of common human …

Trolling the Newsfeed, Choosing This Day…

What are we doing, texting these little updates? When my friend Carlos Nakar first told me about Twitter, I could not imagine anyone being interested to know I was, say, at Belle Pastry with my friend Jeffrey Crouch (for what is no doubt a God-ordained croissant--scrumptious), or in hearing my 140 character rumination on our …

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