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Partners in Surrealism: Lee Miller and Man Ray

Lee Miller’s lips fly over a forest in Man Ray’s “Observatory Time – The Lovers,” an oil painting from 1934. The surrealist art of Lee Miller and Man Ray are presented together for the first time in a museum show, Man Ray/Lee Miller, Partners in Surrealism. Anthony Penrose, Miller’s son, and curator Phillip Prodger discuss the artists on NPR. Continue reading






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The Sad, Brilliant, Haunted Voice of Virginia Woolf

This is the only surviving recording of Virginia Woolf’s voice. It is part of a BBC radio broadcast from April 29th, 1937. The talk was called “Craftsmanship” and was part of a series entitled “Words Fail Me”. Read a transcript.






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Franklin D. Roosevelt’s First Inaugural Address

Franklin D. Roosevelt’s First Inaugural Address: Part 1 | Part 2 On March 4, 1933, FDR delivered one of the most quoted affirmations in the history of American political rhetoric: This is preeminently the time to speak the truth, the … Continue reading






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MLK 2009: Marian Anderson Sings at the Lincoln Memorial

MARIAN ANDERSON.1939.LINCOLN MEMORIAL See also MLK 2008: The Legacy of Strange Fruit. See other #inaug09 content on this blog. See #inaug09 on Twitter.






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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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