Monthly Archives: October 2011

A Timely Sports Note: The Big East Conference Should Go South

28 October 1538: The first university in the New World, the Universidad Santo Tomas de Aquino, is established in what is today Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, and the anniversary of its founding has inspired me with a plan that could … Continue reading

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Talking Turkey: Two Wines for Thanksgiving from Joseph Phelps Vineyards

Many people prefer a red wine with their holiday turkey, and happily for them there are any number of good wines that would nicely complement a Thanksgiving banquet. One of my recommendations this year is Joseph Phelps Vineyards 2008 Napa … Continue reading

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Harold Camping, Endtime, and Confucius: A Call for Civility

When I was a young man growing up in the provincial hinterlands of suburban new jersey, I afforded myself every possible opportunity to acquire at least a patina of culture by escaping to New York City, which was a twenty-minute … Continue reading

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An Artful Moment: Shoson Ohara

For the sake of an aesthetically fruitful collaboration between eye and mind: Shoson Ohara (1877-1945) was a Japanese painter and printmaker who specialized in depicting birds and flowers. Shoson began his career working in the nature print genre, though he … Continue reading

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Dear Extraterrestrials: Come on down! You’ll meet new friends, and there’s plenty of free parking.

I suppose that it isn’t entirely fair to mock California for being the home of so many zany groups and bizarre individuals, since, in truth, the Golden State performs a useful service by acting as an asylum for a significant … Continue reading

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An Artful Moment: Kawase Hasui

For the sake of an aesthetically fruitful collaboration between eye and mind: Kawase Hasui (1883-1957) was one of the founding members of the “new prints” movement in Japan during the early decades of the 20th century. Along with his colleagues, … Continue reading

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Scholar, Artist, Monk: Three Views of Mount Kanchenjunga

When I accompanied several of my young scholars on a trek in Sikkim a few years ago, one of the most consistently inspiring sights was, of course, the mountains, especially when they were either cloud-girt: or illuminated by the morning … Continue reading

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An Artful Moment: To Ngoc Van

For the sake of an aesthetically fruitful collaboration between eye and mind: Generally regarded in his homeland as one of Vietnam’s greatest artists, To Ngoc Van (1906-1954) was born into poverty. He was nonetheless a good student, and when the … Continue reading

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An Artful Moment: Azat Galimov

For the sake of an aesthetically fruitful collaboration between eye and mind: Azat Galimov is a contemporary Russian artist who lives and works in St. Petersburg. He is a member of the St. Petersburg Union of Artists, and in 2007 … Continue reading

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An Artful Moment: Van Anh Quan

For the sake of an aesthetically fruitful collaboration between eye and mind: Van Ahn Quan is a self-taught Vietnamese artist who has been painting for about ten years. Quan’s meticulously crafted paintings have been shown in exhibitions in Vietnam and … Continue reading

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