Monthly Archives: February 2022

February Midnight Moments

Times Square in New York City has usually been considered a tawdry, tourist mecca, until now.  The full-on art installation, Continuum by Krista Kim  synchronizes across 90 electronic billboards, with a slowly shifting gradient of color washes over Times Square, … Continue reading

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Who remembers that famous day and year

On this day in 1807, the poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was born in Portland, Maine. During his lifetime, Longfellow’s poetry enjoyed extraordinary popularity at home and abroad. Many of his poems served as standard recitation pieces in American schools well … Continue reading

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All the Frequent Troubles of Our Days

I have been an avid student of World War II history all of my life. Over the years, I have read dozens of books on the period, but I only recently learned of the amazing story of the American citizen … Continue reading

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Teleport me to Barcelona

I have only been to Barcelona one time—actually twice on the same three week trip to Spain—and I fell deeply in love with the capital of Catalonia. You will see why after viewing this gorgeous hyperlapse video below by Kirill … Continue reading

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Poetic Visions

Dutch poet Monique Hendriks recently published her latest work in a completely unique way —as a Viewmaster reel. When you purchase her book you also receive a Viewmaster to read it. Hendriks is known for her impressive spoken word poetry … Continue reading

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Get Ready To Waiver

U.S. citizens have enjoyed the ability to take spontaneous trips to Europe for decades, but soon there will be an extra step to take before leaving for Europe. Currently, a U.S. passport is suffient documentation to enter European Union  countries … Continue reading

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Art Bar

I love this animated video (below) from Whitehouse Animation. The brilliant short features works by Edvard Munch, Henri Matisse, Yves Tanguy, Salvador Dali, Marc Chagall, Paul Klee, Jackson Pollock, Vincent Van Gogh, Norval Morriseau, Pablo Picasso, Hieronymus Bosch and George … Continue reading

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Monday with Murakami

Regular visitors to TBTP are well aware of my admiration for the Japanese author Haruki Murakami. I recently discovered this list of his five favorite books. Unsurprisingly, they are on my favorites list as well. F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby … Continue reading

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Censorship is as American as apple pie

Although there is much ballyhoo and bluster in the United States about free speech, in reality censorship and book banning have been endemic since first European colonists arrived. The act of censorship, while theoretically limited by the First Amendment to … Continue reading

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Stages of the Reader


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