Humanities

Bimonthly magazine providing review of notable humanities projects and developments.

Articles from Vol. 27, No. 3, May/June

Alaskan Aesthetics: 3,200 PIECES OF ART FIND A NEW HOME
FOR MOST IN THE LOWER forty-eight, Alaska represents the indomitable: endless stretches of graceful white, the bellow of whales as they sink beneath the water's dark surface, terrifying creaks as glaciers break and tectonic plates furrow the brow of...
A Man in Full
Excerpts from Tom Wolfe's WorksRAM YO' BOOTY! RAM YO' BOOTY!-SANG THE CHORUS, WHICH sounded like a group of sex-crazed crack fiends. It took a Roger Too White to imagine that sex-crazed crack fiends could get together and cooperate long enough to sing...
A Roundup of Activities
Sponsored by the State Humanities CouncilsALABAMAThe School and University Partners for Educational Renewal Summer Institute will host "Hispanics in the United States and Alabama: History, Literature, Language, and Religion" from June 25 through July...
CHRONICLING an EMPIRE: PAINTINGS by VICTORIAN TRAVELERS
VICTORIAN WOMEN WHO TRAVELED ABROAD ENCOUNTERED experiences they would never have imagined back home in their English parlors.The copious watercolor sketches and writings produced during their travels reflect an immediacy that came with new daily life...
Cole Views Hurricane Recovery in Gulf
The Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities awarded its Chair's Award for Institutional Support to NEH and Chairman Bruce Cole, for providing emergency aid to Louisiana's cultural institutions following last year's hurricanes."Through emergency relief...
Defining Freedom: A New Style for Suffragists
Mary Walker wanted to be famous. In her 1855 commencement address at Syracuse Medical College, she said that usefulness must be the highest priority and that she hoped that she and her fellow doctors would write their names "on the highest tablet of...
Editor's Note
TOM WOLFE"For all the comedy he generates in his prose," Paul Fussell once wrote, "Mr. Wolfe is a serious admonitor of contemporary folly, and in another age he might be a minister or a prophet or an outright moral philosopher, instead of an 'entertainer.'"Tom...
From Bauhaus to Our House
HERE WE COME UPON ONE OF THE ironies of American life in the twentieth century. After all, this has been the American century, in the same way that the seventeenth might be regarded as the British century. This is the century in which America, the young...
I Am Charlotte Simmons
WHEN SHE NEXT WOKE UP, THE first thing she noticed was the light coming in between the bottoms of the shades and the windowsills. It was alarmingly bright. My French class!The little windup clock by the bed: 10:35! Forgot to set it! The class was already...
In Focus: Janet Daley
"BESIDES FAMILY, BOOKSARE MY GREATEST TREASURE," says Janet Daley, executive director of The North Dakota Humanities Council. Her love of literature and her devotion to her native state have fueled Daley's mission to bring the humanities to North Dakota's...
"LITTLE SURE SHOT": The Saga of Annie Oakley
Annie Oakley, legendary sharpshooter and celebrated member of Buffalo Bill's Wild West show, was one of America's first superstars. In the late nineteenth century, her image was known all over the world. She had tea with Queen Victoria, met the Austrian...
Not Just Another Ice-Cream-Suit-Wearing, Pen-Wielding Master of the Statusphere: A Conversation with Tom Wolfe
NEH CHAIRMAN BRUCE COLE DISCUSSES THE IMPOLITIC IN EDUCATION, ART, AND ARCHITECTURE WITH TOM WOLFE, THE 2006 JEFFERSON LECTURER. WOLFE IS THE AUTHOR OF FOURTEEN BOOKS, AMONG THEM THE BONFIRE OF THE VANITIES, THE RIGHT STUFF, AND MOST RECENTLY, I AM CHARLOTTE...
Poised Pen: COVARRUBIAS'S EARLY DAYS IN NEW YORK
SOON AFTER HIS ARRIVAL IN NEW YORK IN 1923. Miguel Covarrubias was introduced to Carl Van Vechten-novelist, photographer, critic, and general tastemaker-who opened the world of the smart set to the young artist he thought to be a genius."From the beginning...
Radical Chic
FELICIA IS REMARKABLE. She is beautiful, with that rare burnished beauty that lasts through the years. Her hair is pale blond and set just so. She has a voice that is "theatrical," to use a term from her youth. She greets the Black Panthers with the...
The Bonfire of the Vanities
THE FAMILIAR 192OS GOTHIC PALISADES OF NEW YORK HOSPITALWERE just up ahead. White Manhattan! They took the Seventy-first Street exit off the drive.Maria parked across the street from the town house and her fourth-floor hideaway. Sherman got out and immediately...
The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test
THE THINGS HE WOULD SOMEHOW SUDDENLY REMEMBER about the old home town-over here, for example, is the old white clapboard house they used to live in, and behind it, back a ways, is the radio tower of station KORE with a red light blinking on top-and at...
The Nanny Mafia
CHAMPAGNE FOR YOUR LITTLE BOY'S BIRTHDAY PARTY? "You're damned right," she says. "For all the nannies. I'm not kidding! If we ever tried to give a party for Bobby and his little friends without champagne for the nannies, we might as well, you know, forget...
The Painted Word
ALL THESE YEARS, ALONG WITH countless kindred souls, I am certain, I had made my way into the galleries of Upper Madison and Lower Soho and the Art Gildo Midway of Fifty-seventh Street, and into the museums, into the Modern, the Whitney, and the Guggenheim,...
The Right Stuff
A YOUNG MAN MIGHT GO INTO MILITARY FLIGHT TRAINING believing that he was entering some sort of technical school in which he was simply going to acquire a certain set of skills. Instead, he found himself all at once enclosed in a fraternity. And in this...
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