These may be heady questions, but now that we're 15 years into the 21st Century--yes, that's a jawdropper when you think about it--and the future has, basically, arrived, ironically, we find ourselves in the midst of another phenomena: Looking back into the past.
Henry Louis Gates, Jr. hopes that his latest PBS documentary, The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., will not only educate the public but also lead to reform in the nation's public school system.
Makers is a term for all women, whether or not she calls herself a feminist, makes a home, works on a construction crew. She may be the first woman firefighter, first female brigadier general, or first woman orthodox rabbi.
At a moment when cultural trend-watchers are predicting the imminent demise of the traditional book in lieu of digitization, the American Antiquarian Society is honoring the strength of print as it celebrates its 200th anniversary.
Unlike my early days in New York, I no longer roam the boroughs attending opening after opening, party after party, all night conversations in some random artist loft/apartment/space (the after after party). It sounds great because it was great. It was also more distracting than inspiring.