Monthly Archives: September 2011

An Artful Moment: Thomas Cole

For the sake of an aesthetically fruitful collaboration between eye and mind: “How lovely are the portals of the night, when stars come out to watch the daylight die.” Thomas Cole
 Thomas Cole was an English-born American artist who traveled … Continue reading

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An Artful Moment: Amjad Faur

For the sake of a fruitful collaboration between eye and mind: Amjad Faur is an American photographer and art history teacher who specializes in brilliantly contrived still-lifes. He describes himself as, “an artist simultaneously attempting to navigate photography’s contemporary role … Continue reading

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Sea False, Sea True – Just Like Love

16 September 1977 – Ringo releases “Drowning in the Sea of Love,” and Western Civilization reaches its emotional peak. 
Here are some of the lyrics from this timeless ballad (have tissues ready):
 “I’ve been down one time,
 Drowning in the … Continue reading

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An Artful Moment: Gligor Cemerski

For the sake of an aesthetically fruitful collaboration between eye and mind: Gligor Cemerski is a contemporary Macedonian artist whose best work is frequently a synthesis of Mediterranean traditions. For example, in the painting below, “Awakening the Stone,” we can … Continue reading

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It’s Not Brain Surgery. No, Wait – It Is.

14 September 1956 – Surgeons J. W. Watts and Walter Freeman perform the first successful pre-frontal lobotomy. Though this procedure, used as an intervention in individuals with severe psychiatric problems, was once widely employed, it has now largely been superseded … Continue reading

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A Little Tribute to a Big Man

Died on 12 September 2001 – Victor Wong, Chinese-American actor who appeared in many films, including “Dim Sum,” “The Last Emperor,” and “Tremors,” but who is best-remembered for his role as the bus-driving sorcerer Egg Shen in John Carpenter’s “Big … Continue reading

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Keystone Kandidates

Died on 8 September 1974 – Robert Cox, the last surviving member of the Keystone Kops, the spectacularly incompetent policemen featured in Mack Sennett’s masterful comedies between 1912 and 1917. I used to watch the hilarious Keystone Kops movies when … Continue reading

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Waiting For Good News From Marathon

Died on 2 September 490 BCE – Pheidippides, who, though he is likely a legendary figure, was the Athenian herald who purportedly ran the approximately 26 miles from the Plain of Marathon to Athens in order to announce that the … Continue reading

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