Category Archive: politics

frankenstein’s birthday party…

is a group show i’ve curated…   an homage to the novel and meditation on its continuing relevance. here’s my curatorial statement: 2018 is the bicentennial of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s novel, Frankenstein; or, The Modern… Continue reading


my friend david breskin is posting a poem-a-day in this season of insanity.   election-season sense about nonsense.    check it out at:  7-eleven poems

anoka faruqee is raffling a painting to fundraise for barack obama.

donate $5 or more on her fundraising page: /anoka between now and october 30 and she’ll enter you to win  2012P-30, an  11 1/4  x 10 1/2 inch acrylic painting on panel… Continue reading

one more reason

i’m proud to be from iowa… “We are firmly convinced the exclusion of gay and lesbian people from the institution of civil marriage does not substantially further any important governmental objective…  The Legislature… Continue reading

carbon footprint

we’re trying to do the right thing…    but i do too much air travel.   check out this link to calculate your (negative) impact on the globe…

infidel by ayaan hirsi ali

there is no pleasure in reading this book.     it is completely depressing and horribly disturbing.   that said, if you have the emotional strength, you should read it. ayaan hirsi ali was born in… Continue reading

“indian summer”

by alex von tunzelmann is a fantastic read. in the beginning, there were two nations.   one was a vast, mighty and magnificent empire, brilliantly organized and culturally unified, which dominated a massive swath… Continue reading

california’s proposition 8

“no state shall … deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”     that’s from the 14th amendment to the constitution of the united states. marriage is a relationship… Continue reading

anoka faruqee

is raffling a painting to people who make a donation to the obama campaign.   the retail price of the painting is $6000.   here’s how it works: donate $75 or more via her… Continue reading

sarah palin terrifies me.

because i can see her appeal.   she’s photogenic.   a small-town success story.  real-life liza doolittle.   a mom.   an all-american, reform-spouting “i’m an outsider!” and “i’m just like you middle-america!”  (albeit in a… Continue reading

this gives me hope…

reporting from alaska —

studio visit with andrea higgins

this is a portrait of first lady pat nixon by andrea higgins. several years ago, higgins became interested in representing people by painting textiles from their wardrobes. fabrics are fundamental to the aesthetics… Continue reading