A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing
I’ve bee sitting at a different desk for the last few issues, and not a little—to say the least—has happened in that time. Here’s a brief roll call of some important names: Katrina, Rita, Michael Brown, John Roberts. Such simple names can indeed yield such profound devastation.
The work of the first three is unfortunately much too clear: we are left with a shattered region and shattered confidence in the basic competence of our government. In re: Michael Brown, the only real question is shouldn’t the person who hired him be fired?
John Roberts, of course, is a fuzzier matter, which is exactly why he was nominated. Roberts didn’t have much of a track record for the public to judge him on, and his performance in the Senate hearings showed his considerable skill in the art of evasion. But my hunch is that the 78 senators who hired him know exactly where he stands.
My bet is that he will become the most influential Chief Justice since Earl Warren. But where Warren moved the court towards protecting full legal equality for everyone, Roberts will continue to steer it in the direction of inequality, giving corporations and the state primacy over the rights of individuals. Unlike Brownie, Roberts is a competent crony of the Bush administration. And, alas, we’re going to live under his influence for at least the next 25 years.
Wolf TonesBy Ann C. Collins
MAY 2022 | Art Books
Wolves, we all know, are not to be trusted. They disguise themselves in sheeps clothing or wait at the door for impending ruin. They come as a howl in the darkness, their presence heard but not seen. To cry wolf is to raise a false alarm, thereby forfeiting trust and belief. In music, a wolf sometimes lurks in a stringed instrument, often a cello.
Georgia O’Keeffe: To See Takes TimeBy Rebecca Schiffman
MAY 2023 | ArtSeen
In the eyes of the profound American artist Georgia OKeeffe (1887-1986), a single artwork cant always fully express the complexity of its subject: sometimes it takes a few tries. Up now at MoMA is a wonderful expansion of that idea in Georgia OKeeffe: To See Takes Time, featuring more than 120 works on paper spanning five decades of the pioneering artist's career.
Michael Madrigali: Big City NightsBy Barbarita Polster
MAY 2023 | ArtSeen
The human body only serves as a logical tool for measurement until it catches sight of itself. By toying with scale within his works, Michael Madrigali pokes holes in familiar strategies of measurement and organization, from the urban landscape to the personal archive, topiaries to semaphores, thus animating his paintings and sculptures with a peculiar self-awareness that never quite gives way to nihilism.
Michael Magees Close to HomeBy Tom Deignan
MAY 2023 | Books
It so happens Magees much-hyped novelsee the glowing write-ups not just in The Guardian but also Kirkus Reviews and Publishers Weeklyis coming out just in time for the 25th anniversary of the Good Friday agreements, which brought to the North a fragile calm, if not promised prosperity.