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Book Review: Proof: How The World Became Geometrical

Proof:  How The World Became Geometrical, by Amir Alexander There is something deeply ironic in this book.  The irony exists on several levels.  Some of the book’s ironies are intentional, such as the way the author spends most of his … Continue reading

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Book Review: Art History: A Very Short Introduction

Art History:  A Very Short Introduction, by Dana Arnold At times there are benefits to reading books that are very short.  In this particular case, the author has such a transparently obvious agenda about Art History that is entirely contrary … Continue reading

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Book Review: It Speaks To Me

It Speaks To Me:  Art That Inspires Artists, by Jori Finkel There is a strong tendency among many people to want to downplay the influence of others, and this book features a wide variety of artists (most of whom are … Continue reading

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Book Review: Art & Love

Art & Love:  An Illustrated Anthology Of Love Poetry, selected by Kate Farrell This book is a lot better than I thought it would be.  Admittedly, this is not exactly a new collection of poetry, having been made in 1990 … Continue reading

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Book Review: Llewellyn’s Complete Book Of The Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot

Llewellyn’s Complete Book Of The Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot, by Sasha Graham This is an odd book for several reasons.  In reading it, I could not help but think that despite the author’s intentions that this book would tend to make people … Continue reading

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Book Review: 30,000 Years Of Art

30,000 Years Of Art:  The Story Of Human Creativity Across Time & Space, by Amanda Renshaw More or less, this book accomplishes what it sets out to do.  It seeks to provide a chronological view of art that recognizes classic-level … Continue reading

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Book Review: How Art Made The World

How Art Made The World:  A Journey To The Origins Of Human Creativity, by Nigel Spivey Sometimes books can be helpful in unintentional ways.  Such was the case with this book, which managed through a perspective that is antithetical to … Continue reading

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The Vulnerability Of Our Creations

As I write this, I am receiving frequent news updates about the burning of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France.  Although I am not Catholic myself, I have many online friends and acquaintances who are, and the burning of this … Continue reading

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Book Review: Myth, Object, And The Animal

Myth, Object, And The Animal:  Glass Installations, by William Morris As I was helpfully and surprisingly reminded, the William Morris my library system prefers is not the founder of the Arts & Crafts movement, but rather a contemporary glassblower I … Continue reading

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Book Review: Ancient Memories

Ancient Memories:  The Glass Sculpture Of William Morris, by Kennesaw State University I must admit this was not what I had in mind when I was looking for writings by William Morris.  I had in mind the writings of the … Continue reading

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