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

Shame and Other Good News

“Shame,” writes author Richard Reeves (Mar. 15) “is an essential ingredient of a healthy society, particularly a liberal one. It acts as a form of moral regulation, or social ‘nudge,’ encouraging good behavior while guarding individual freedom.”

Just when I think that we’re going to … Read More

Cups and Balls

When Hieronymus Bosch painted The Conjurer, in the 1500s, I’m sure he never imagined that the cups and balls routine he rendered would morph into a variety of schemes, scandals and shell games.

Here’s just a few that make this month’s list. The Eric … Read More