The Arts are the quintessential expression of our humanity. In these articles we’ll dive deep in search of discernible patterns and defining moments  in American culture.

Homer, Tolkein, and Jordan

Homer was required reading in sophomore World Lit, but The Illiad and The Odyssey are forever burned into my literary consciousness. Grand, larger than life tales of adventure, colossal battles, and mythical heroes litter the ancient landscape. Homer took a collection of myths and wove them into a historical tale worth believing. 

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Discovering Anselm Kiefer

It was the fall of 2001. 9/11 was on the horizon. I was studying in Denmark for a semester and enjoying the early autumn light. My fellow students and I were given tours of several attractions and museums early in the semester. And somewhere along that unintended path, I encountered Anselm Kiefer’s work at the Louisiana Museum. 

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