Category Archives: Cultural Criticism

Photography #1: Lee Friedlander (America by Car)

Friend of the family, Leigh Wells, has something to say: Lee Friedlander’s exhibition at the Whitney consists of one hundred and ninety-two densely hung, black & white photographs from his trips across the US in rental cars. The photographs span … Continue reading

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The Present Moment: Spencer Finch in Washington

I strongly support museums that are open to the public where the hoity-toity and hoi polloi can wonder and feign understanding together. As of this week, we also wholeheartedly support the Spencer Finch exhibition at the Corcoran Gallery of Art.  … Continue reading

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Baseball or Ballet?

We’d like to find out what we weren’t taught – why our cultural institutions matter, if in fact they still do? Is ballet a better use of time than a baseball game? Why go see Shakespeare, even Shakespeare in the Park? What separates the Ring Cycle from the Lord of the Rings? Why do performances so packed with universal Truth and Beauty need a four-year degree to appreciate? Continue reading

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Theater #1 – Avenue Q

Washington DC is no stranger to morally depraved puppets, but I for one am mostly a stranger to the theater. I saw Cats on Broadway when I was five. Rather, I attended Cats. As my mother has reminded me many times since, the tickets cost $64 and I was asleep before the curtain opened and awoke, only briefly, during the intermission. Continue reading

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