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“The Fountainhead” Takes the Stage: Helping or Hindering Heroism?

December 13, 2017 • ART, ART OF LIVINGComments (1)

The stage adaptation of The Fountainhead played in Brooklyn recently. A philosophy professor reviews the play.

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Talk About “Family Values”!

October 17, 2017 • ART, ART OF LIVINGComments (0)

A timeless inspiration from a New York family trapped in Japan, then Germany, during World War II.

Wind River isn’t Identity Politics in War Paint

September 24, 2017 • ART, ART OF LIVINGComments (0)

Is political correctness tough enough to ride the trail with heroes fighting real evils?

How Fictional Worlds Affect our Worldview

September 15, 2017 • ART, SCIENCE, SliderComments (1)

How our brains respond to stories depends on how far we get lost in them.

Dunkirk: When Civilians Rescued their Defenders

July 30, 2017 • ART, ART OF LIVINGComments (1)

The timeless glory of a British military catastrophe redeemed by the heroism of British civilians.

The Joyful Feminism of Wonder Woman

June 28, 2017 • ART, ART OF LIVINGComments (0)

Wonder Woman captures a playful joy in living combined with a profound, unflinching sense of justice.

Why Great Romantic Novels Don’t Get Old

June 25, 2017 • ART, ART OF LIVINGComments (2)

The Count of Monte Cristo, which is 170 years old, shows why great romantic novels don’t grow old.

Not Another Peep, Streep

January 10, 2017 • ART, ART OF LIVING, POLITICSComments (5)

Meryl Streep’s embarrassing “comment malfunction” seized by media eager to smear President-Elect Trump.

“Sully”: Another Movie Opts for Real Life, Then Fights It

October 3, 2016 • ART, ART OF LIVINGComments (7)

The arresting suspense in “Sully” requires portraying “bad guys” even if there were no bad guys.

The Art of Plotting

June 20, 2016 • ART, ART OF LIVINGComments (2)

Is there is a definitive process that leads to a conflict-driven, purpose-driven, and fully integrated plot? Almost.