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Italo Calvino

Italo Calvino’s Complete Cosmicomics thrives on the tension between ideas and art.

Insurrections of the Mind thinks insurrections ought to happen only in the mind.

Virgil Thomson with the cast of The Mother of Us All, in 1972

In his music and his prose, Virgil Thomson perfected a whimsically deadpan sensibility.

Tennessee Williams on the 20th anniversary of the opening of The Glass Menagerie

John Lahr’s biography of Tennessee William gets mired down in psychoanalysis.

A staircase in Dresden, Germany, 1945

Architecture lets us speak of the spoken indirectly.

Short pop: Ilana Glazer (left) and Abbi Jacobson of Broad City

Film and TV are plagued by duration creep. Just like work—or unemployment.

Onnig Kardash at the April 24 Armenian Genocide Commemoration, 1967

An Armenian-American writer asks if the Armenian obsession with genocide recognition is worth its emotional and psychological price.

The Fall of Icarus (1943), by Henri Matisse

With his cutouts, Henri Matisse tried to free himself from gravity.

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