Youve got to hand it to the public relations firm hired by the New York City Department of Education. The tag line theyve come up withChildren First. Always.is exactly what a school system should be championing.
When students tell me about their speedy research methods, and the Internet miracles they can perform, and why they dont read books, I ask: Do you have a houseplant? Yes, most of them do. Can you, I ask, make it grow faster?
Swamped as we are with information and its contradictions, we find solace in quiet spaces and humble crafts. So we find ourselves newly infatuated with the comic book, an unassuming, increasingly mainstream art that has long reconciled warring snippets of image and text.
A shuttered discount store and an empty lot in the Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn frame one of New Yorks greatest treasuresa majestic theater that has been both adored and forgotten.
When we walked up from the Lorimer stop on the L trainmy favorite of all the L stopsthe first thing we saw was a 24-hour natural food market glowing in the dark of the quiet, eerie, perfect Brooklyn street.
The great thing about Mark Morris is how normal he looks. This is, by now, a banality, but it remains a distinguishing feature of the man and his company.