Humanities

Bimonthly magazine providing review of notable humanities projects and developments.

Articles from Vol. 29, No. 3, May/June

A FAN'S NOTES | on Updike's Long Game
It was a commonplace even hack a few decades ago to insist that American writers, at their best, were beautiful and damned, to borrow a title from one of the most beautiful and damned of all. They either drank themselves to death too soon, or wrote themselves...
A Roundup of Activities Sponsored by the State Humanities Councils
ARIZONAThe Museum of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff hosts the 18th Annual Zuni Festival of Arts and Culture May 24-25. "Dialogues for Creativity and Culture" explores Zuni language, migration, industry, music, and traditional dances."Conceptual Poetry...
A Writers' Magazine
I don't go, as boxing fans say, to the fights. I do, however, like a good dustup in the arenas of grammar and usage. Of course, who doesn't enjoy a little roughhousing when comma placement is at stake? But these set-tos over punctuation and usage sometimes...
Curio
TAKE MY HUSBAND PLEASEFrom the May 1, 1908, San Francisco Call, digitized in the California Digital Nfwspaper Collection, and hosted by the Center for Bibliographical Studies and Research at the University of California at Riverside.BRIDE GIVES UP TO...
Gangs of Baltimore
The 2008 presidential election has generated unusual enthusiasm, but in the weeks following the vote, we can expect the usual complainte about how the political process has been corrupted by the influence of special interests, the superficiality of sound-bite...
Impertinent Questions
MARGARET A. HOGANAS THE MANAGING EDITOR OF THE ADAMS PAPERS AND PRIMARY EDITOR FORADAMS FAMILY CORRESPONDENCE, Margaret A. Hogan has an all-access pass to the lives of John, Abigail, John Quincy, and the rest of the Adams dynasty. The Massachusetts Historical...
In Focus: Jane Brailove Rutkoff
IT WAS A COLD MARCH EVENING IN 2003 AND JANE BRAILOVE RUTKOFF, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE New Jersey Council for the Humanities, was heading home from a screening of a film the council funded shortly after 9/11 that examined anti-Muslim sentiment in Jersey...
Liebling's War
The idea that journalism is not "literature" is such a deeply entrenched preudice that even writers and editors who have spent their lives in journalism and have achieved literary distinction as journalists sometimes speak as if what they write and edit...
Rabbit Whole
A selection of readings from John Updike's art criticismFrom JUST LOOKING, "An Outdoor VermeerOnce I vowed to see every Vermeer hanging in a public museum throughout the world, and did in time stand before many of them. There are fewer than forty authenticated...
The Artist as Showman A Conversation with John Updike
Jefferson Lecturer John Updike shares his passion for American art with NEH Chairman Bruce Cole. Updike, a Pulitzer Prize-winner and well-known novelist, has also written two volumes of art criticism; Just Looking and Still Looking.BRUCE COLE: I think...
The Word Museum Exploring the Literary Treasures of the Rosenbach
Reinvention may just be the oldest American tradition, and there are few museums that embody that tradition quite like the Rosenbach Museum & Library in Philadelphia.The museum is in two joined townhouses on a quiet residential block in Center City....
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