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September 30, 2020

Make Art—and Academia—Medieval Again

Rachel Fulton Brown

Much like the devotional paintings hanging in our finest museums, the Gothic architecture that adorns American college campuses fails to elicit from visitors even the slightest religious feeling.

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September 30, 2020

Art History Gone Amuck

Michelle Marder Kamhi

An evaluation of the most widely used textbook in art history maps the slow but steady erosion of imagery in art—and the loss of meaning, purpose, and understanding that representative art in th...

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September 30, 2020

Countering the Counterculture: “A little management”

Thomas L. Jeffers

It might be true, as Irving Kristol once noted, that the culture war is over and conservatives lost. But there is always a saving remnant. “Despair is a sin.”

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September 30, 2020

Statues Come Down

Lauren Weiner

Given the speed with which authorities have acted to accommodate even acts of vandalism, it is surprising that so many protesters haven’t sought to achieve their ends democratically.

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September 30, 2020

A Broken Vessel: Identity Theory and the Fragmentation of Poetry

Jane Clark Scharl

Identity theory insists that human beings experience the world as members of the identity group to which they belong. This idea is a “revolt against the concept of poetry,” which seeks to...

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September 30, 2020

A Culture for All

Daniel Asia

A review of The Ideal of Culture: Essays, Joseph Epstein, Axios, 2018, pp. 572, $17.49 hardcover.

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