Sunday, December 3, 2017

Ex Libris

Spent the better part of this afternoon at the Martha's Vineyard Film Center, watching Frederick Wiseman's latest documentary, Ex Libris, about the New York Public Library. My last Wiseman film was National Gallery.

Like Wiseman's other documentaries, Ex Libris is an immersive if not exhausting experience at three hours and seventeen minutes long. The challenges our public libraries face - financial and technological - are epic, and portrayed so well and thoroughly by Wiseman.

My favorite and local branch, the Jefferson Market Library, was a footnote, but accurately and playfully depicted.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Monday, November 27, 2017

Jonathan Haidt: The Age of Outrage

"Intersectionality is like NATO for social justice activists."

"Let's return to Jefferson's vision: 'For here we are not afraid to follow truth wherever it may lead, nor to tolerate any error as long as reason is left free to combat it.' Well, if Jefferson were to return today and tour our nation's top universities, he would be shocked at the culture of fear, the tolerance of error, and the shackles placed on reason."

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

The Bloom is off the Rose

Cartoonist Barry Blitt captures the zeitgeist with his latest New Yorker cover, titled "Nowhere to Hide."

Barry Blitt ~ The New Yorker

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

da Vinci's Salvator Mundi

Leonardo da Vinci ~ Salvator Mundi

Titled Salvator Mundi, Saviour of the World, aka Jesus Christ, now fully restored and attributed to Leonardo da Vinci, and to be auctioned this evening at Christie's in New York City.

Postscript! A private buyer's successful bid was $450,312,500.00.

Monday, November 13, 2017

MLB AL Rookie of the Year

All 30 votes.

First unanimous decision in 21 years . . . since Derek Jeter.

All rise . . . Aaron Judge:
  • 52 home runs
  • 128 runs
  • 127 walks
  • 114 RBIs
  • And, yes, 208 strikeouts.