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Rothko's Jewish Influences?

Alan Elsner | Posted 05.26.2015 | Books
Alan Elsner

What is it that gives the paintings of Mark Rothko their tremendous power? Why do those squares of vibrating color, that seem to float in space, somehow liberated from their canvases, exert such fascination?

Jews and the Written Word

Noah Manne | Posted 08.31.2014 | Religion
Noah Manne

The written word has been a constant in most of Jewish history; it cannot not have had an impact on that history, of which rising from the ashes like a phoenix time and again is a signal achievement.

Simon Schama: Orthodox Jews Are 'In Denial' About Jewish History

Posted 03.25.2014 | Religion

How can one man, or even one documentary, tell the entire story of a group of nearly 14 million people? For Simon Schama, whose new documentary 'The S...

Historian Simon Schama Explores The 'Story Of The Jews'

USA Today | Robert Bianco | Posted 03.24.2014 | Religion

PASADENA, Calif. (RNS) Simon Schama has told many stories. The next one is his own. Best known in the United States for the TV special “Simon ...

The Platypus: Crivelli's "Saint James Major" at the Brooklyn Museum

Daniel Maidman | Posted 07.02.2013 | Arts
Daniel Maidman

Let me share with you a doubt. My doubt is that visual art has all that much of an impact on history. have written many of the essays you've been reading as if art had something to say, and as if it were important. And I believe, more or less - on good days -- that something like this is true.

You Callin' Me a Snob? The History of a Word

Alan Elsner | Posted 04.30.2012 | Home
Alan Elsner

Today we have the wine snob, the beer snob, the cheese snob, the opera snob, the film snob and countless other varieties. One definition of the food snob that amused me is "a person who looks down on those who do not know the difference between a daube and a navarin."

A Bit of a Spat About Downton Abbey

Red Room | Posted 03.21.2012 | TV
Red Room

Oh dear, haven't these experts ever been to a party? Are they so tied up in critical knots that they can't just sit back and let people be entertained? Because that's what Downton Abbey is -- it's entertainment.

The French Revolution As You've Never Seen It -- As a Graphic Novel

Jesse Kornbluth | Posted 06.04.2011 | Books
Jesse Kornbluth

The Sky Over the Louvre, by esteemed cartoonist Bernar Yslaire, demonstrates understanding -- even mastery -- of a fascinating historical episode, and is a powerful aesthetic experience.

Arianna Talks To Simon Schama

FT Magazine | Simon Schama | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Arianna Huffington may not single-handedly be changing the nature of journalism in American life, but against the shit-storm of hatred and rage that i...

I Confess: I'm a Book Slut

Lev Raphael | Posted 03.06.2015 | Books
Lev Raphael

For as long as I can remember, I was a monogamous reader. I'd start a book and read it straight through no matter how much time that took. Now I'm a book slut.

First Nighter: Important "Red" Alert on Broadway

David Finkle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Finkle

Red insists that art matters; so does Red matter in all its dark, dramatic hues.