Category Archives: The Arts

By Invitation Only: How Do You Stay Creative?


By Invitation Only is a monthly group posting series, led by Marsha at Splenderosa. You can find today’s other participant posts here. This month, Marsha and the crew at By Invitation Only have asked a question. How do you stay creative? Truth be told, I am not sure I am creative, but since this is [...]

Found Galleries, Or, Saturday Morning at 9:10am


I’m not sure when, exactly, I began to check the weather where my children live. When they were in college I would read their school paper online. Who among us does not? And for a while after graduation my daughter lived in New Jersey, so the Daily Princetonian still covered them both. I guess it [...]

Discovering Artists, By The Score


I like fashion, intellectually, because it’s such clear evidence of the human urge to decorate and present. Clothing is our most accessible art. But what about art in the historical definition – painting, photography sculpture? While we can find clothing today even at the drugstore it seems, art’s been traditionally more difficult to get hold [...]

“Game Of Thrones” Meets “2 Broke Girls,” Or, Saturday Morning at 8:34am


I have a new TV show for you. It’s called Orange Is The New Black, a story of women in prison, and you can find it streaming on Netflix. A composite sentence you never expected to read? The show is neither comedy nor soul-searing drama. It’s just a story, based on the memoirs of a woman [...]

“Parade’s End” As Hot Milk, Or, Saturday Morning at 11:13am


Well my goodness. I slept until 9:40am. That hasn’t happened in 20 years. Of course, I was up for a while, sometime in the dark morning, but still. Sleep! Sweet, oblivious, restorative sleep! I always heard that Nod can desert us as we age. I imagined I’d be safe. Ha. Pride goeth before a fall, [...]

A Personal Review Of “I Am Love” And “Seating Arrangements”


It’s been a while since I addressed my odd High WASP culture. Those of you old-timers who find the theme annoying, please (as Faux Fuchsia would say), Look Away Now™. Those of you new to the blog, I ask your forbearance. This is a complicated topic*.  We’re throwing in a book and a movie review [...]

The Apotheosis Of Smart, Where Women Are Difficult, Or, Saturday Morning at 10:11am


Let’s talk about smart people. Not real smart people, mind you, but the pretend sort we see on American television and in the movies. Have you all noticed the recent apotheosis of imagined brilliants? (If we’re going to discuss smarty-pants we might as well start with a lot of syllables.) There’s House, with the doctor [...]

In The Age Of Digital, Paper Must Needs Become Art


See that glossy, golden, glowing No. 5 ? I think I received it in the latest edition of American Vogue, slipped inside the covering plastic bag. But it’s possible the thing simply materialized, covet-provoking, in my mailbox. A worldwide phenomenon, apparently, as Tabitha over at Bourbon and Pearls got one too. In case you were [...]

The Upcoming Return Of Professor C., Or, “Washington Square” Meets “The Heiress”


Next week, Professor C.’s web seminar series returns. For those of you new to the blog, my father was for many years a professor of English at a well-known Far West university. From time to time he obligingly ups the intellectual atmosphere around here, in a series of essays comparing novels and novellas to their [...]

How High WASPs Hang Art In Their Houses


What High WASPs don’t do is buy art from a furniture store. Enough said. Now, some of us have collections. Real collections, of the sort that wind up in museums when the estate tax proves too onerous, or warrant their very own auction. For example, if my dear friend Reggie Darling ever decides to be [...]