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farzana-versey's picture
Dec.07.2013
Everybody wants to claim Nelson Mandela. India has appropriated that right with its most bankable crutch: Mahatma Gandhi. Mandela, who fought against apartheid, was imprisoned for 27 years, is seen in India as the man inspired by Gandhi.  Of course, he expressed admiration. Yes, Gandhi was thrown...
kim-packard's picture
Mar.31.2013
A good film to watch during Easter may be Tarkovsky's Andrei Rublev  http://mubi.com/films/andrei-rublev for the obvious reason that it pursues the themes of sacral dimensions in art, the artist's relationship to religion and his/her role in sublimating human suffering, contributing towards...
suellen-ocean's picture
Jun.19.2012
An iconoclast is "a breaker of icons or images" or "one who attacks cherished beliefs as shams", so says my very old yet reliable Webster's Collegiate Dictionary. Anyone who opposes the religious use of images would be an iconoclast. An icon is an "image or representation". An example of a...
harrison-solow's picture
Apr.26.2012
An excerpt from a letter to my lost and beautiful friend who once sent me a little card (titled, 'The Firmament Passes Away") in the midst of a long hard writing summer of seclusion):   "This is the third email in the trilogy that seems to be a pattern in my response to your communications, -...
barry-eva's picture
Apr.19.2012
David S Grant is the author of ten books and many articles and columns, covering many subjects from music to sport. He stopped by today to chat about his latest novel “Blood: The New Red”. David's first book “Corporate Porn” was published in 2005, and has been followed by such novels as “...
farzana-versey's picture
Mar.31.2011
A new book talks about Mahatma Gandhi’s sexuality – this time bisexuality. The counter-argument assumes that because he was so frank about his own life, including his views on sex and wrote about these in My Experiments With Truth, it should be enough. The problem is that we don’t have to take...
jessica-barksdale-inclan's picture
Sep.22.2010
So I just read on msn.com that Angelina Jolie and Princess Di are among the iconic beauties of all time. Most of the 38 women on the list were from the 20th and 21st centuries, but Cleopatra was thrown in (though, of course, no one actually knows what she looked like).   Halle Berry, Brigitte...
farzana-versey's picture
Jun.05.2010
She is distasteful. She is dramatic. She comes on strong. Then why do people expect Lady Gaga to play Little Bo Beep? In a performance in Manchester she recreated murder with scenes of her being eaten by a psychotic killer, fake blood on her body. It just so happened that there was a shooting...
farzana-versey's picture
Apr.01.2010
Be prepared! Sounds like a dire warning, especially if what is to be unveiled is a 3-D image of Jesus Christ according to digital technology. Computer artists – and I shall let that term go – have used information available from the 14-foot long Shroud of Turin, the only available evidence that had...
anthony-maulucci's picture
Oct.17.2009
We seem to have a hunger and an overwhelming need for images of heroes who endure pain and suffering, be they warriors, saints, or artists . . . and we are compelled to turn them into icons. Think of Vincent Van Gogh, Ernest Hemingway, and Saint Francis of Assisi. Living as I do in San Miguel de...