Western “Art”

March 12, 2014

In recent art news, the 2014 Whitney Biennial is now in full swing, the New Museum is hosting Laure Prouvost’s first American solo exhibition, MoMA has a major exhibition of Gauguin prints and drawings, the Art Institute of Chicago has a Christopher Wool retrospective and the innocent denizens of Great Falls, Montana, must be subjected […]

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Reflections on “Inside Llewyn Davis”

January 13, 2014

Rather than write a review of the Cohen brothers’ newest film, Inside Llewyn Davis, I’m merely going to offer some general thoughts in response to it. They likely won’t mean much to you if you haven’t seen the movie, and they necessarily contain some plot spoilers. So if you haven’t yet seen it, please move […]

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Why Is Life Worth Living? (according to Woody Allen)

October 20, 2012

In his 1978 movie Manhattan, Woody Allen’s character offers these thoughts on life: Why is life worth living? That’s a very good question. Well, there are certain things I guess that make it worthwhile. Like what? Okay, for me, I would say, Groucho Marx, to name one thing and Willie Mays, and the second movement […]

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Ode On An Objectively Beautiful Grecian Urn

October 17, 2012

One of the standard arguments for the existence of God is the Moral Argument. It can be formulated like this: If God does not exist, objective moral values do not exist. Objective moral values do exist. Therefore, God exists. There’s a similar argument for God that can be made in terms of objective beauty, or […]

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