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Regarding Photorealism
2017-02-18 22:59
I was at first inclined to wonder who would recognize what's depicted in this painting by Richard Estes, but though there likely are very few of them left in the world, it's probable that th… Read More
2017-02-12 20:03
I've read a good deal of Gore Vidal's work, but only recently read his Messiah, though it was published in the 1950s and so has been available for reading for quite some time.  There ar… Read More
Damnatio Memoriae
2017-02-05 02:33
The ancient Romans had a practice called Damnatio Memoriae, roughly translatable as the condemnation of memory.  It was a decree issued by the Senate ordering that all likenesses of a p… Read More
2017-01-29 15:20
"Pandemonium" is a word which, by my understanding, was created by John Milton.  It was the capital of Hell in his Paradise Lost, to which all demons were summoned to confer by Lucifer… Read More
2017-01-13 23:14
We all know Trimalchio.   He is an unforgettable character in a surviving portion of the Satyricon of Petronius Arbiter, friend, for a time, of the Emperor Nero.  A former sla… Read More
2017-01-03 20:19
While I was attending college, a new professor appeared on campus.  Although it was, and still is so far as I know, a small liberal arts college, that in itself wasn't extraordinary or… Read More
2016-12-29 21:54
Every now and then (in fact, more now than then) I think wistfully of what great journalists, essayists and satirists would write of our times. Specifically, I wonder what someone like Menc… Read More
2016-12-15 22:29
We're being told--by the purveyors of news--that we're imperiled by "Fake News."  Fake News is, it appears, something which purports to be actual news, but is not.  It seems it lur… Read More

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