Jill Norgren and Julia Sneden Reviews: If you respect well-researched history, and crave an account of the footwork, persistent digging, and serendipity required, Carla Peterson's Black Gotham should be one of the next books that you read. Trying to keep up with the characters and periods in Gods Without Men is more than a little daunting, but the pure quality of Kunzru’s writing is brilliant. Judge John Deed, another addictive BBC series continues on DVD. more »
"The border region is thought of as a place of violence, poverty, trafficking and pollution — sometimes and in some places it is — but it is also place of everyday life where both sides work together, shop, get married; it's a third nation. the third nation will be here when the walls have fallen, exactly in this place where it already lives." more »
American artists of the Jazz Age struggled to express the experience of a dramatically remade modern world, demonstrating their faith in the potentiality of youth and in the sustaining value of beauty. They took as their subjects nudes and portraits that celebrated sexual freedom and visual intimacy, as if in defiance of the restrictive routines of automated labor and the stresses of modern urban life. more »
Artists in France: "It is the loveliest country you ever saw, the red brown roofs, the white houses, and the green fields."
The 'impressive Normandy coast proved an artistic crucible for European and American artists during the course of the 19th and 20th centuries' while Portland-born artist Mildred Burrage, who as a young aspiring painter traveled in the early 1900s to Giverny, France. She trained her eye on the landscape, creating paintings and filling sketchbooks with her Impressionist style. more »