WILL YOU BE EATING THAT CHOP?: Trustees paid off or litigated into oblivion. Incalculably valuable private art collection appropriated by the state for its own use in generating tourism revenue. Spirit and letter of individual, independent collector's will trodden underfoot for the greater good. Mission accomplished. If they want your stuff, eventually they'll get your […]
The Roettgen Pietà, a painted wooden sculpture about three feet high, tells us a couple of important things about Christian devotion in 14th-century Germany. In German, this subject is called a Vesperbild, an image for use during ritual devotions at sundown. More broadly, it's an example of an Andachtsbild, an image intended to stimulate […]
Via Instapundit comes the tragic lament of "Rebecca Chapman, who has a master of arts in English and comparative literature from Columbia University" and who "hit bottom professionally last summer when she could not even get a job that did not pay." In the company of "Willie Osterweil, 25, an aspiring novelist who graduated magna cum laude […]
This is a post about Marian Call, and especially about her lyrics and her new double album Something Fierce. The second in a series, it follows this one: https://www.popehat.com/2011/10/05/shell-sing-for-you-part-1/. Take a moment to read that one if you'd like this one to make more sense!
With the Facebook Timeline just around the corner, and with Steve Jobs shuffling off this mortal coil, I'd like to consider what makes some technologies so different, so appealing. Continue reading….
In taste and disposition, we at Popehat are a diverse lot. For example, Ken is on record as an avid aficionado of opera. Patrick, a former college dj to whom the young'uns still turn in a pinch, is known for his enigmatic and challenging sets. After our comrade Ezra withdrew to his special place, Patrick took […]
Noah Charney of The Secret History of Art is excerpting a short, accessible overview of Leonardo. Part one delivers some biographical background. Part two explains his artistic significance. If you'd like a quick and dirty overview better grounded in reality than the usual noisy treatments, here's your chance!
It won't surprise long-time readers to learn that I approve of Justice Scalia's majority opinion in Brown v. Entertainment Merchant's Association, which struck down California's ban on the sale of violent videogames to minors. The opinion is more or less mandated by United States v. Stevens, another case we cheered. So I won't dwell (other […]
David is not merely a co-blogger here. 1. To the extent the blog works as intended, it's probably because David (and sometimes Grandy) has fixed it when I've broken it. 2. David can explain great art with a gifted teacher's touch: that is, he can covey simultaneously that (1) there's a huge amount you don't […]
AT ETSY, it's the Distribution Plushy collection. Who doesn't need a plush Poisson distribution?