2017

I am a citizen of two countries, the UK and the US. Last year, in 2016, both acted in lock step, as they have so often done before: first they got angry, then they pulled out the shotgun, then they blew off their own feet. In 2017, the bleeding continued to get worse. One wonders …

Wyeth at SAM

It's all about the textures at the Seattle Art Museum's brilliant 100th anniversary retrospective on Andrew Wyeth, an iconic American artist who saw early fame, fashionable anti-realist dismissal, and re-discovery.  Hair. Cloth. Water. A peeling wall. The frayed texture of a man's corduroy jacket. Rock. And especially grass: he was a genius about grass. You …

Oliver Cromwell on the Republican Party’s holiday gift to the Koch brothers

Be pleased to reform the abuses of all professions: and if there be any one that makes many poor to make a few rich, that suits not a Commonwealth. (To the Long Parliament, after the battle of Dunbar, Sept. 1650.) Confronting the new tax "overhaul," you have to ask - do any Republicans in Congress …