Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster 1887–2058, by Emma Lavigne @NYJB

“The past and the future are her playground, and she relays an open invitation to all who seek a daring museum experience.” Continue reading Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster 1887–2058, by Emma Lavigne @NYJB

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2 books on Germany @ NYJB

I review books on Hitler’s domestic spaces and how Germany deals with 4 centuries of history over at the New York Journal of Books. Continue reading 2 books on Germany @ NYJB

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The Megapolitan Flâneur: Greater Downtown Milwaukee: Milwaukee Food Tours: Explore Milwaukee Hop On / Hop Off Sightseeing Bus

Whether you are a tourist visiting Cream City or a lifelong resident, check out The Sightseeing Bus from Milwaukee Food Tours. It is a solid hour of education and entertainment. Continue reading The Megapolitan Flâneur: Greater Downtown Milwaukee: Milwaukee Food Tours: Explore Milwaukee Hop On / Hop Off Sightseeing Bus

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Critic’s Notebook: A Demanding Read, Part II (Non-fiction)

The act of reading can exact a demanding price from the reader.  If one lacks preparation, he or she can be left in a wallow of ignorance.  Certain titles exist that a reader approaches with caution.  The Cantos of Ezra Pound, Gravity’s Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon, Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand, and many others.  Non-fiction works also intimidate potential readers.  I am currently reading the second volume of Henry Kissinger’s memoirs, Years of Upheaval, and the first volume of Capital by Karl Marx.  Each extracts certain demands from the reader in its own particular way. Yes, this book actually exists. … Continue reading Critic’s Notebook: A Demanding Read, Part II (Non-fiction)

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Brideshead Revisited: The Sacred and Profane Memories of Captain Charles Ryder (1945) by Evelyn Waugh

In Samuel Beckett’s play, Waiting for Godot, Pozzo remarks, “They give birth astride of a grave, the light gleams an instant, then it’s night once more.”  Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh represents one of those lights gleaming in the darkness between the grave of the First World War and the impending night of the Second.  The novel, published in 1945, is the reminiscence of Captain Charles Ryder.  The story opens with Captain Ryder’s Army Company transferring to Castle Marchmain, an estate all too familiar to him.  Since he looks back on the past, a heady mix of nostalgia and satire … Continue reading Brideshead Revisited: The Sacred and Profane Memories of Captain Charles Ryder (1945) by Evelyn Waugh

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