photo essay: Baghdad, August 2003
On the ground in Baghdad with U.S. troops or Iraqi civilians it is hard to feel optimistic about America’s latest war. These days the city is hyper-violent and chaotic; the morgue reports more than 20 corpses killed by gunfire every day. These are just a few snapshots from what will likely be a long and vexing urban guerilla war. — C.P.
Hugh Eakin’s Picasso’s War: How Modern Art Came to AmericaBy Francis M. Naumann
MARCH 2023 | Books
The title of this bookPicasso's War: How Modern Art Came to Americais a misnomer, because it implies that the struggle to bring modern art to America was Picassos. But as this book demonstrates more poignantly than perhaps any other, the artist did virtually nothing himself to promote or in other ways encourage the advancement of his work in the United States. In fact, he was at best indifferent.
Steve Yarbrough’s Stay Gone DaysBy Joseph Peschel
JUNE 2022 | Books
Steve Yarbrough&rsquop;s eighth novel, Stay Gone Days, follows the lives of two girls, the Cole sisters, Ella and Caroline, who grow up in Loring, Mississippi. After high school, they go their separate ways, and, for the most part, stay gone.
from City of BlowsBy Tim Blake Nelson
FEB 2023 | Fiction
Those familiar with Tim Blake Nelson's work in Coen brothers films, the Watchmen series, or last year's Old Henry, will immediately understand that this novel's depictions of Hollywood machinations are of a higher caliber than those in any other literary work that's attempted to depict that world. City of Blows abounds in the economy and fluidity that accompanies true authorityseen in this description of a producer: “One of the biggest pricks in LA. But he gets his movies made. Directors rarely work for him twice.” What's less expected is Nelson’s investigation of the relationship between insecurity and toxicity, seen in Weinstein-esque predators but also applicable to masculinity at large. The psychological motivations and character examinations develop City of Blows from a roman à clef to a work far more universal.
To Daniel K. Isaac, The Chinese Lady Is About the History of Asians in AmericaBy Diep Tran
MARCH 2022 | Theater
TV and stage actor Daniel K. Isaac has performed in Lloyd Suhs play multiple times, finding with each new production an increased relevance in its story of the first Chinese woman to set foot in America.