| Nov 12, 2008
Studs Terkel, who died last month at the age of 96, was America's most popular oral historian.
Though never a "writer" of the first rank, he nevertheless was a unique contributor to American letters and a vital link to the current of idealistic...
| Apr 23, 2008
Like most artists, Dean Mitchell always painted what he knew.
Cypress trees. Tobacco barns. People. "My uncle Ben and stuff like that."
Then, as now, his artistic influences were Rembrandt, Edward Hopper and Andrew Wyeth.
The people he knew and painted...
| Aug 1, 2008
Imagine a recession art-directed by Edward Hopper, and you're in "American Dead," Brett Neveu's spare tale of Midwestern obsolescence, now receiving its West Coast premiere by Rogue Machine and John Perrin Flynn. Ian Garrett's sprawling, dilapidated set...
| Aug 13, 2006
We came for the art and stayed for the . . . art.
Wife Juju asked at our downtown hotel--the Radisson on Summit Street--if she could find anywhere to shop nearby. It was late. A desk clerk, a porter and a security guard happened to be standing around and...
| Dec 3, 2007
| 1:26 PM
Storming the Gates of Paradise
Landscapes for Politics
University of California Press: 416 pp., $24.95
By Bill McKibben Special to The Times
In one of the best essays in this sterling collection, activist Rebecca Solnit describes...
| Dec 18, 2007
| 8:48 AM
On this date, five civic leaders incorporated the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts, descendant of the Chicago Academy of Design, which had sprung up in 1866 and had mounted several exhibitions before the Chicago Fire claimed it. Thus, in 1882, when the...
| Feb 2, 2008
By Russell Banks
Harper, 287 pages, $24.95
In summer 1898, philosopher William James climbed Mt. Marcy, highest peak in the Adirondacks and a geographic locus of Russell Banks' new novel, "The Reserve." Writing to his wife of his trip in...
| Dec 10, 2009
Why, one wonders, would anyone feel the need to illustrate the lyrics of the most evocative of modern songwriters? Do such Bob Dylan lines as "Pistol shots ring out in the barroom night," "I've walked and I've crawled on six crooked highways" or "the...
| Jun 21, 2009
Chris Pine is splayed across a red restaurant banquette as if it were the throne Hollywood is offering him as one of its newly anointed male hotties. To say Pine's actual seating is not a throne would be an understatement. The star of Paramount Pictures'...
| Jun 28, 2009
Herman Maril had two worlds, and each provided him what something the other lacked.
The artist, who was born in Baltimore in 1908 and died here in 1986, spent his life painting some of the grittier aspects of the city. Invariably, his astute and...
| Jul 12, 2009
Urban gentrificationNew Yorks SoHo is the classic exampletends to follow a pattern: Artists in search of cheap space move into a moribund area, galleries and cognoscenti follow, and soon a once dilapidated district has wide-ranging cachet. This, in a...