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.

LOST: A New Episode

I am caught up in the story and characters of LOST. I wasn’t really very impressed by the first episode. But then somewhere toward the end of the first season, I tried watching again and found the characters had developed to an interesting level.   


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.   


Fantasy Novels: Robert Jordan

I read somewhere recently that fantasy novel sales are rising faster than most genres. USA Today even did a story on the genre, crediting The Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, and The Wheel of Time collections with repopularizing a classic literary style in popular culture.   


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 […]