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Richard B. Woodward

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  • 8 years ago

    Umberto Eco is 75 and has entered the autumnal stage of intellectual renown when publishers sell his books with his name rather than his actual writing. He is not yet the factory of anthologies that Harold Bloom has become. But like On Beauty, Eco...

  • 14 years ago

    It's easy to see why Ben Marcus has developed a fan base among conceptual artists. As a committed anti-realist, fond of bending the meanings of words to his own ends, he shows a deeper kinship with Duchamp and Johns than with the Great Tradition o...

  • 14 years ago

    John Riggins was a Jet rookie in 1971 when he first realized he was in the entertainment business. The writing on the locker-room wall couldn't have been hard to read in those years. All those Nielsen families huddled around their Zeniths on Monda...

  • 15 years ago

    For two decades now the high minded phrase "Jazz is America's classical music" has served as a marketing jingle for the music in the culture wars. As popularized by Billy Taylor, Grover Sales, and others, the slogan became a patriotic rallying cry...

  • 15 years ago

    To photograph war, famine, and disease for a living it helps to have a steel-plated mind as well as a cast-iron stomach. Not many people are eager to be shot at or to examine dead or hollow-eyed strangers through a lens, at least not for long. The...

  • 16 years ago

    Condemning the Nazis for art theft is like indicting Al Capone for tax evasion. Against the enormity of their other crimes, expatriation of paintings and sculpture can look like taking office supplies. When so many executives at Deutsche Bank, Kru...