Alma Mahler listening to a New York Philharmonic performance of a Mahler symphony.
Life Magazine, 1960 ca.
It’s that time of year again, when the pumpkins come out, the fake cobwebs are hung and we feel that dormant urge to be chilled, thrilled and spooked to our bones. Get out your flashlights, because…
In the nineteenth century, politicians cultivated their own party’s newspapers, both the owners and the editors, shared staff with them, released news to them early or exclusively to keep them loyal, rewarded them with state or federal appointments when they won. It was a dirty game by later standards, and no one played it better than Abraham Lincoln.
Untitled, no. 2 of 12, from the illustrated book, The Trauma of Abandonment 2001
bill clinton’s going to be on campus today so i’ll be going through “a security screening process” to enter the building for my class
Frida Kahlo standing next to an agave plant during a photo shoot for Vogue magazine, 1937.
None of the phil classes offered next semester were interesting so I’m doing a one-on-one directed reading on Wittgenstein with one of my profs instead
I am a very old man, and I have lived through almost the entire century. My life has been peaceful and secure, and I feel almost ashamed of this in view of what has happened to so many other human beings. I am not a historian, and so I cannot speak with authority on the causes of these horrors. Yet perhaps I can try.