Monthly Archives: January 2008

Thomas Hart Benton

My favorite painter is Thomas Hart Benton.  He’s not the greatest technical painter, nor is he the most innovative.  But I loved his murals and easel paintings of the American Scene, and I never get tired of looking at his … Continue reading

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Picasso and the Influence of Art

“What do you think an artist is? An imbecile who has only eyes if he is a painter, or ears if he is a musician, or a lyre in every chamber of his heart if he is a poet, or … Continue reading

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The Founding Fathers and Their Grappling With Slavery

Right now I’m reading Howard Zinn’s book A People’s History of the United States and it’s a wonderful book of the contributions and struggles that women, African Americans, Native Americans, workers’ groups and various other marginalized people have made to … Continue reading

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Nanking Documentary

Tomorrow in the Bay Area, Bill Guttentag and Dan Sturman’s documentary “Nanking” will open in the Bay Area. Featured in the 2007 Sundance Film Festival, it chronicled the invasion by the Imperial Japanese Army of the city Nanking in December … Continue reading

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Norman Rockwell and the Civil Rights Paintings

Fifty years after he first started doing work for the magazine, Norman Rockwell was tired of doing the same sweet views of America for the Saturday Evening Post in the early 1960s.   The great illustrator was increasingly influenced by his … Continue reading

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Granny D

When I first started attending St. Thomas Episcopal Church, one of the first persons to befriend me was an 84 year old lady.  We found we had a great love of books and one day she handed me a book … Continue reading

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Dr. Seuss and PM Magazine

Once upon a time, a long time ago, a beloved children’s book creator named Dr. Seuss created political cartoons for a radical leftist newspaper.   Yes, the same Dr. Seuss who wrote beloved stories like The Grinch Who Stole Christmas and … Continue reading

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