Performing writing with my body

Daniel Nestor on his experiences writing in public @ Painted Bride Quarterly. Friday, March 11, 2011. A woman in large sunglasses and chunky jewelry, straight out of a movie’s end credits as “Arts Patron Doyenne,” plants her heels in front of me, as if hitting a mark. She looks down on the desk, up to… Read more »

Canvases of such simple words and root images

Morgan Meis on the language of Cy Twombly’s art @ The Smart Set. In the early 1950s, Cy Twombly worked for the army as a cryptologist. That fact seems hugely significant since Twombly was one of the more elusive artists of his generation. That is what the conventional wisdom says, anyway. In this case, the… Read more »

A life we can take pride in having lived

Ronald Dworkin rethinks what it means to live a good life @ The New York Review of Books. Plato and Aristotle treated morality as a genre of interpretation. They tried to show the true character of each of the main moral and political virtues (such as honor, civic responsibility, and justice), first by relating each… Read more »

A new idea of the human

Sheila Heti argues we need to foster a new art of acting beyond the Method @ Masionneuve. Meryl Streep is famous for her accents: here she is as a Polish woman inSophie’s Choice; there she is mimicking Julia Child’s “distinctive patter”; now she’s an Irishwoman, a Dane, a woman from the Bronx, an Australian, a… Read more »

Undeceive ourselves

Wendy Bellion reflects on the pleasures of trompe l’oeil and the links between citizenship and deception in early US history @ Common Place. I have a confession to make.In the course of writing my book on art and illusion in the early republic, I was taken in by a trompe l’oeil object.It was October 2002…. Read more »