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Hemingway and Faulkner in twentieth century literature. Frank Lloyd Wright and I.M. Pei in architecture. The romanticism of Andrew Wyeth and the innovation of Andy Warhol. We’re proud to celebrate the accomplishments of Americans in the arts.


Cormac McCarthy

Posted by on Mar 6, 2014 in Featured, Writers | 1 comment

Most writers would love to have just one book recognized as being among the best novels of its time. Cormac McCarthy has four. Blood...

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National Gallery of Art

Posted by on Jul 31, 2013 in The Arts | 0 comments

It’s impressive what one man with a vision – and lots and lots of money – can accomplish. Andrew W. Mellon loved art,...

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The Big Sleep, by Raymond Chandler

Posted by on May 7, 2013 in Featured, The Arts | 0 comments

“Philip Marlowe here. This book was my first appearance in print. Of course, I’d been solving crimes in L.A. for years when...

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Lawrence Block

Posted by on Aug 31, 2012 in Featured, Writers | 0 comments

This is a very personal choice, because most Americans don’t know who Lawrence Block is. Even among those who are diligent readers,...

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South Pacific, Musical

Posted by on Aug 15, 2012 in Featured, Theater | 0 comments

When James Michener wrote his Pulitzer Prize-winning book Tales of the South Pacific, I can’t imagine he thought it would be turned...

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My Fair Lady, Play and Film

Posted by on Apr 23, 2012 in Featured, Film, Theater | 0 comments

George Bernard Shaw wrote Pygmalion in 1912, but refused to allow it to be converted into a musical during his lifetime. Curmudgeon. So...

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Edward Hopper, Artist

Posted by on Mar 30, 2012 in Artists, Featured | 0 comments

One of the greatest American artists of the twentieth century, Edward Hopper is also one of the least appreciated, at least by the public....

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Stan Lee, Marvel Comics

Posted by on Mar 28, 2012 in Featured, Writers | 0 comments

Stan Lee single-handedly changed the concept of “superhero,” and in so doing changed modern American culture. Lee, who cut his...

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Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck

Posted by on Mar 6, 2012 in Featured, The Arts | 0 comments

It’s one of the saddest stories in American literature. Of Mice and Men, a John Steinbeck novella, deals with friendship, race,...

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Washington Monument

Posted by on Feb 21, 2012 in Architecture, Featured | 0 comments

George Washington was a good man, a bold leader, and a brave soldier. He was a great Virginian, and he set the precedents that helped our...

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