R.C. Baker


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  • 7 days ago | Visual Arts

    Rosalyn Drexler has painted some of the best Pop art you've never seen. She's also written three Obie award–winning plays and won an Emmy (with co-writers including Lorne Michaels and Richard Pryor) for a Lily Tomlin television special, in 1974. T...

  • 15 days ago | Visual Arts

    In Tom Stoppard's play Travesties, set during World War I, a British consular official dresses down his snarky manservant: "I will not have you passing moral judgments on my friends. If Mr. Tzara is an artist, that is his misfortune." Tristan Tzar...

  • 29 days ago | Visual Arts

    "London, the greatest city the world has ever known," a British speaker intones over images of Westminster Abbey and Big Ben. "Then war — total war — came to London. The target was everything and everybody. But as they set about the job of clearin...

  • 1 month ago | Visual Arts

    When Barack Obama was elected president some asserted that we had moved into a post-racial America. Eight years of partisan obstructionism that edged into vileness ("You lie!" as one congressman called out during a speech Obama gave in 2009) has f...

  • 2 months ago | Books

    The Romantic novelist François-René de Chateaubriand wrote that ruins appeal to us "due to the fragility of our nature, to a secret analogy between destroyed monuments and our own fleeting existence." In 1819, his contemporary Caspar David Friedri...

  • 2 months ago

    The sultry flapper and her Gatsby-esque beau, canoodling under the proclamation "Since 1895," clue you in that Manhattan Special soda is the granddaddy of energy drinks. Bottled for over a century on Manhattan Avenue in Brooklyn, this straight-up ...


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