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Bonne fête Papa: A Flaneur’s Gallery

Paul Cézanne. The Artist’s Father, Reading “L’Événement”. 1866. Oil on canvas. National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. When I stood before this painting last month at the NGA, it happened to be the day that would have been my father’s … Continue reading






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Flaneur’s Gallery: Parson Weems’ Fable

Grant Wood. Parson Weems’ Fable. 1939. Amon Carter Museum, Forth Worth. When I was five years old, before I learned to read, I laid claim to a book in the family library called Pictorial History of American Presidents. It covered … Continue reading






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Mahalia’s Gift: “Go Tell It On the Mountain”

Mahalia Jackson soars in a performance photograpghed by Lee Friedlander. [Source: NPR] Once upon a time, I ran as fast as I could to get away from Holiday Muzak at the shopping mall. One of my earliest newspaper columns railed … Continue reading






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Amy Poehler DoesThe Moose Hunter Rap

Saturday Night Live – Update: Palin Rap – Video – NBC.com Whoa, if you get into the trailer for Oliver Stone’s “W” at the end of this clip, you may need another hit of Talking Heads. I thought “Once In … Continue reading






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Way Hotter? Isn’t That Global Warming?

Saturday Night Live – Gov. Palin Cold Open – Video – NBC.com






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