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Book: The Road

Posted by on Apr 17, 2011 in The Arts | Comments Off on Book: The Road

When you read The Road by Cormac McCarthy, you find yourself asking a lot of questions. The main question is, What happened? An unnamed...

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Advertising Agency: Wieden+Kennedy

Posted by on Apr 14, 2011 in The Arts | Comments Off on Advertising Agency: Wieden+Kennedy

Chances are, you don’t know this agency unless you’re already in the business. But you know their work. If you’re a...

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Architecture: Hotel del Coronado

Posted by on Apr 5, 2011 in Architecture, The Arts, Travel | 1 comment

  The “Hotel Del,” as it’s colloquially known, isn’t just one of Southern California’s inspired...

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Architecture: The Lincoln Memorial

Posted by on Mar 17, 2011 in Architecture, The Arts | 1 comment

  Several wonderful monuments dot Washington, DC to honor past presidents and veterans of our foreign wars. But none are as inspiring,...

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Kid Stuff: Bridge to Terabithia

Posted by on Feb 25, 2011 in Kids Stuff, The Arts | Comments Off on Kid Stuff: Bridge to Terabithia

  I read lots of great children’s stories to my boys when they were growing up. Made up quite a few, too. I don’t know if...

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Book: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Posted by on Feb 20, 2011 in The Arts | 1 comment

  Who decides which books are the best of all time? Recently, W.W. Norton and Co. (the Norton anthology people) asked 125 of the...

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Architecture: The Guggenheim

Posted by on Feb 4, 2011 in Architecture, The Arts | 1 comment

  Isn’t it odd how a unique building can divide people initially, then later be revered as one of the country’s greatest...

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Poet: Robert Frost

Posted by on Jan 15, 2011 in The Arts, Writers | 1 comment

  Who’s the greatest American poet? Experts might nominate Longfellow … Dickinson … Whitman … Cummings. I’d no doubt go...

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Artist: Jackson Pollock

Posted by on Jan 2, 2011 in Artists | Comments Off on Artist: Jackson Pollock

  Rarely has there been an artist as admired and simultaneously dismissed as Jackson Pollock. An abstract expressionist, Pollock...

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Writer: David Mamet

Posted by on Dec 30, 2010 in The Arts, Writers | Comments Off on Writer: David Mamet

  David Mamet is one of the all-time masters of film/stage dialogue. His preference for natural conversation, in which characters...

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