Category Archives: art

Should schools ban the works of those accused of sexual harassment?

I suppose we should have seen this coming—especially after the novel Huckleberry Finn has been repeatedly removed from secondary-school courses for use of the “n word” and the book’s depiction of Jim—but it’s becoming more pervasive. And now this movement to remove works of art from classroom teaching, as recounted in the New York Times […]

Readers’ wildlife photos (and a contest winner)

Reader Rik Gern sent some lovely pictures of dandelions as well as some of his digital science-based art, one piece of which got a nod from Scientific American. His captions are indented. First, the dandelions: For now, here are some pictures of dandelions (Leontodon taraxacum) gone to seed. My neighbors probably won’t appreciate the fact […]

Bari Weiss on art destruction

by Greg Mayer In tomorrow’s New York Times (online now), Bari Weiss writes about a decision by the San Francisco School Board to destroy a mural by Victor Arnautoff, a Russian-American-Russian artist who taught at Stanford from 1938 to 1962. Arnautoff led an interesting life. He was a White cavalry officer in the Russian Civil […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Today we’ll have a potpourri of assorted photos sent as singletons or doubletons. The first comes from reader William Savage, whose notes on this bit of thatcher’s art are indented: I’m not sure if these count as wildlife, but I certainly photographed them by the roadside in the little village of Walberswick, in the county […]

Peeps arrive!

I am ashamed to admit that I LOVE Marshmallow Peeps; a confection of pure sugar and gelatin. I never buy them myself, but some of my friends stock up the day after Easter, when they’re half price, and give them to me. There is no quantity of Peeps that I cannot eat (two boxes at […]

Vincent van Gogh sees his legacy

After visiting the van Gogh Museum and then seeing all the van Gogh key rings, tee shirts, and coffee mugs on sale at the Flower Market, I said to my friend, “Wouldn’t van Gogh be amazed if he could be here today and see how beloved his work is?” Alas, that will never be:  the […]

Amsterdam: Part IV

Two days ago was the obligatory visit to the Rijksmuseum, the epicenter of Rembrandt paintings, drawings, and etchings. The building dates from 1885 and includes, besides the Greatest Painter of All Time (my opinion), works by Hals, Vermeer, and even the stray Van Gogh. I was lucky to be there for the “All the Rembrandts” […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Rik Gern sent some flower and bee photos, and, as he likes to do, some “psychedelicization” of the pictures. Rik’s notes are indented: Here are some images I hope you can use for your Reader’s Wildlife Photos. There’s nothing unusual or exotic here, just some pretty flowers. Instead of going dormant, the rosemary (Rosmarinus […]

Kelly Houle’s new book highlighting the poems of Abramek Koplowicz

Four years ago I wrote about the poems of the Jewish boy Abramek Koplowicz and reproduced one of the poems, “A Dream”, that he wrote while living in the Lodz Ghetto during World War II (he was later sent to the camps and killed). Go have a look and read the poem; it’s heartbreaking. Now Kelly […]


You’re not going to get any braining today, as it’s cold and I have work to do. But enjoy these seasonal creations. I guess it’s no longer a “snowman”, but you can’t even say “snowwomxn” these days, as there are more than two genders. Leaving that aside, here are some funny snowpersons found by reader […]