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Next Live Show: Gish Jen

Her fine first novel was Typical America. Her new book is non-fiction, The Girl at the Baggage Claim: Explaining The East-West Culture Gap. The west embraces the primacy of the self, she asserts. “And this above all, to thine own self be true.” OK, that’s Polonius, and he’s fictional, but still. The east looks to … Continue reading »

Politics and Policy

Episode 158: Gale Brewer

   Can local government protect us from the enormities perpetrated by the White House? Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer is not entirely comforting, but it is encouraging to hear a public official who is competent, honorable, knowledgeable, respected by (and respectful of) her constituents – qualities not conspicuous around the Oval Office. It’s also nice … Continue reading »

Art

Episode 151: Renee Cox

  Do happy artists produce better work than gloomy artists? Renee Cox contemplates her own work and says yes. I say: Beethoven. We considered the matter at the Interntional Print Center in conjunction with their exhibition Black Pulp. The featured musical performer was Norris Bennett of the Ebony Hillbillies, whose work made me so joyful … Continue reading »