Happy 5th! Patheos Just Ask Alicia Keys How You Changed My Life

The other day I checked my Twitter followers. I did that because Alicia Keys --  the pop star, American R&B singer-songwriter -- started "following" me. One of my Patheos.com blogs had gone viral and expanded the profile of who was looking in on my Twitter posts. As I scrolled down looking at the pictures of my Twitter friends I noticed something interesting--  a third or more of the faces were black. In our segmented (if not officially segregated) culture for a white sixty-year-old writer to … [Read more...]

The War on Traditional Notions of Narrative, Order and Beauty Has Failed

The war on traditional notions of narrative, order and beauty has failed. Representational, story-driven movies are embraced by most people, rather than the installation and performance art favored by big galleries and institutions like Tate Modern. The Whitney Biennial (an exhibition of contemporary American art) is often dispiriting to all but a few critics, curators and art students. (Why do curators write longer and longer explanations of the art in their shows in direct proportion to less … [Read more...]


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