Art

Call it Whatever You Want

In the Tom Hanks Cold War drama, Bridge of Spies, U.S. attorney James Donovan is assigned to defend known Russian spy Rudolf Abel. After predictably losing the case, Donovan persuades the judge to give Abel a prison term instead of a death sentence. At … Read More

2016 – Over Already?

With all the chaos in 2016, I thought I’d end on a positive note.

Patricia Williams wins 4-year battle.

Believe it or not, there were some bright spots. Here are a few standouts that I’ve been collecting.

MBA – that’s Masters in Business Administration, online … Read More

“Rigged!”

Citizen Kane follows the life and political campaign of an arrogant, populist millionaire who runs for governor on promises to help the “the working man,” only to be defeated by a sex scandal. Is art reflecting reality or is reality affecting art?

Director Orson Wells … Read More

“Heaven” is Real

“My hand was writing out the words:

There’s a lady who’s sure,
all that glitters is gold,
and she’s buying a stairway to heaven…

“I just sat there and looked at them and almost leapt out of my seat.

“Plant’s own explanation of the lyrics … Read More

The Power of Persistence

From time to time, people contact me for a variety of reasons. Some tell me stories. Some ask for help. Some even send books.

After reading my commentary, The Wrath of Kant, former high school English teacher and author Bill Kraft offered to send … Read More

How important is the truth?

13 Hours, a feature-length movie about the 2012 terrorist incident in Benghazi, Libya begins with a title card:

“This is the true story you were never told…”

Movies are different from documentaries. While a documentary aspires to offer the most accurate account possible of … Read More

The Liebermann and the Caveat

On June 24, Sotheby’s, London will be asking one exceptional buyer to spend more than $500,000 for an exceptional painting that has been hidden from the public for decades.

German painter Max Liebermann’s Two Riders on a Beach is one of only two recovered works … Read More