“Loving Vincent” : Beautifully animated film describes last weeks of Van Gogh’s life through his art

Last evening my wife and I saw the new movie Loving Vincent and thoroughly enjoyed it. The film is unique in that it is animated in the style of Van Gogh.  Since all the characters were the subjects of paintings, watching as Van Gogh's art comes alive is a majestic viewing experience.  Lest you think it … Continue reading “Loving Vincent” : Beautifully animated film describes last weeks of Van Gogh’s life through his art

Pets

I had never been a "cat person".  All the cats my wife and I had were wonderful pets but were more hers than mine.  That was true until we brought Sam into our home in October of 1998. Sam had a way of engaging you with his gaze that just made you feel there was … Continue reading Pets

Primo Levi : no suicide – his newly published Complete Works

When Primo Levi died in 1987 at age 67, after falling down the stairwell of his apartment building in Turin, Italy, his fellow writer and survivor Elie Wiesel delivered an epigrammatic coroner’s report: “Primo Levi died at Auschwitz forty years later.” The long-delayed suicide of the Holocaust survivor is a story whose outlines we know … Continue reading Primo Levi : no suicide – his newly published Complete Works

Ten Years After the Levees Broke

I am from Louisiana.  People from there usually have an ambivalent attitude about home; there is so much to love and celebrate, but also much that leaves a bad taste in our mouths.  Local government is corrupt and often worse than ineffectual, an agent of hurt - all of which was laid bare during the … Continue reading Ten Years After the Levees Broke