Fifty years. Nine hundred artists. Two thousand grants. At its most succinct, this is the story of the Foundation for Contemporary Arts (FCA), the unique and timeless organization established by Jasper Johns and John Cage in 1963.
The controversy and shortcomings of Zero Dark Thirty has opened a critical conversation and debate. Hopefully it will lead to brave new Hollywood storytelling about these years when America went in search of monsters to destroy, and ended up slaying things once held dear.
Does Romney really think that the Wall Street billionaires and multimillionaires, Pentagon contractors, chambers of commerce and other big and small businesspeople who so lavishly supported him and other politicians paid all that money out of love and admiration for him and the rest?
It is a finely hewn, graphic, and potent account of the emotional, moral and spiritual impacts of war, and one marine's passionate search for meaning and forgiveness. The story also poignantly conveys the anguish of the family and the farther reaches of human forgiveness.
I sat with my mother on my bed as the movie ended. We pretended that we weren't both heartbroken at the thought of her only daughter moving away from home and simply focused on how great I would look in my new trench coat traipsing around New York City à la Anne Hathaway.
Just about everyone will tell you it takes X amount of time to truly become a New Yorker. There are a few sayings or occurrences I have found draw each and everyone of us closer to becoming the true New Yorker we are really meant to be.
I've gained a new appreciation for lowbrow in middle age. I'm still enough of a snob to gravitate toward "brilliant" lowbrow as opposed to "despicable" in New York magazine's approval matrix, but give me one more decade. My tastes should be off the chart.
Anthony Lane has just written about The Portrait of a Lady. Although Lane is his usual charming self, things are different when he gets to Henry James. I hate to admit it even to myself, but I think I think he misses the point of James' novel.