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The Sunday Poem: Kevin Young

  I have a special video version of the Sunday Poem for you today by Kevin Young, one of my favorite contemporary poets. In this short clip from the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival, Young reads his poem "Aunties," which appears in his collection Dear Darkness: Poems. Young is a talented reader [...]

By | 2016-11-11T21:53:21+00:00 01.29.12|Greatest Hits, The Sunday Poem, Words|Comments Off on The Sunday Poem: Kevin Young

Believing is Seeing: Errol Morris Uncovers the Mysteries of Photography

    What makes an "honest" photograph---a "true" photograph? Is the medium of photography more factual and authentic than other art forms? What makes a photograph "a fake"? Can a photo be objective or does it always have a point of view? When does a photograph document reality? When is it [...]

By | 2016-11-11T21:53:25+00:00 01.16.12|Books Worth Reading, Greatest Hits, Images, Words|Comments Off on Believing is Seeing: Errol Morris Uncovers the Mysteries of Photography

The Gwarlingo Index: 2011’s Most Memorable Experiences in the Arts

  It's the New Year, which means it's time for lofty resolutions and the annual onslaught of "best of" lists. Here at Gwarlingo, I thought I'd provide readers with a new twist on the traditional "Best of 2011" list. I asked an array of artists, composers, filmmakers, writers, musicians, and performers [...]

Pick of the Week: Matthew Northridge’s Pictures by Wire and Wireless

    If you haven't seen Matthew Northridge's solo show Pictures by Wire and Wireless at KANSAS, the newest gallery on Tribeca’s up-and-coming gallery row, you're in luck. The show has just been extended until Saturday, January 7th. Art Forum magazine has placed Pictures by Wire and Wireless on their "Critic's Pick" list. I had [...]

By | 2016-11-11T21:53:31+00:00 12.31.11|Events, Greatest Hits, Images, News|2 Comments

Grace Paley: “Write What Will Stop Your Breath If You Don’t Write”

Today is the birthday of writer Grace Paley. Although Paley's writing output was modest during her 84 years -- some four dozen stories in three volumes: The Little Disturbances of Man (Doubleday, 1959); Enormous Changes at the Last Minute (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1974); and Later the Same Day [...]

Peter Wyer’s New Opera Dramatizes One Tibetan Woman’s Journey to Freedom

  "Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent." This line from Victor Hugo came to mind the first time I heard the incredible story of Tibetan nun Ngawang Sangdrol. At age 14 Sangdrol was jailed at the notorious Draphchi Prison [...]

By | 2016-11-11T21:53:40+00:00 12.02.11|Events, Greatest Hits, News, Sounds|Comments Off on Peter Wyer’s New Opera Dramatizes One Tibetan Woman’s Journey to Freedom

The Dow of Art: Why Art Still Matters in Our Market-Driven Society

Writer Nova Ren Suma has just published a new essay of mine over at "Distraction No. 99." Although the assigned topic was "inspiration," my piece covers a range of subjects, from library book censorship to the financial stresses of being an artist. But the central theme concerns the value [...]

“Hugo” Author Brian Selznick Shares 20 Favorite Children’s Books with Gwarlingo

Martin Scorsese's film adaptation of Brian Selznick's The Invention of Hugo Cabret is out in theaters today. Selznick's remarkable book won the 2008 Caldecott Medal (the first young adult novel to win the award for children's book illustration), was a finalist for the National Book Award, and was chosen as [...]

Sol LeWitt’s Advice to Eva Hesse: Don’t Worry About Cool, Make Your Own Uncool

Sol LeWitt, "Horizontal Brushstrokes (More or Less)," 2002. Gouache on paper, 22-3⁄8 x 22-3⁄8 inches (Photo courtesy Craig F. Starr Gallery. Art © 2011 The LeWitt Estate /Artists Rights Society, New York)     "Metronomic Irregularity I" by Eva Hesse, 1966. (Image courtesy the Brooklyn Museum. Art © 2011 [...]

Writer Jeff Sharlet: Faith, Faithlessness, and the Country in Between

If you follow the subject of American religion, you have likely heard of author Jeff Sharlet. Sharlet has published five books on the subject, including C Street: The Fundamentalist Threat to American Democracy and The New York Times best seller The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of [...]

By | 2016-11-11T21:53:56+00:00 11.02.11|Books Worth Reading, Events, Greatest Hits, Words|Comments Off on Writer Jeff Sharlet: Faith, Faithlessness, and the Country in Between
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