Art and Culture

Undiminished by Decadence

Undiminished by Decadence

I grew up in the 1960s and ’70s and I’m happy to report that, for the most part, television and mainstream cinema today are orders of magnitude better than they were in my salad days.

Kevin Mims
Kevin Mims
14 min read
Art and Culture
The End of War Poetry

The End of War Poetry

Among literary forms, war poetry is unusual for having enjoyed a universally acknowledged and tightly defined golden age.

Simon Evans
Simon Evans
9 min read
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Art Is Not Therapy

Art Is Not Therapy

Something is flattened when our understanding of art is asked to serve the logic of a medical diagnosis, which sees the messiness of the human condition as a malady to be cured.

Jasmine Hu-Hollingshead
Jasmine Hu-Hollingshead
10 min read
Art and Culture
Get Ready for the Return of the Abortion Novel

Get Ready for the Return of the Abortion Novel

The abortion novels that proliferated in the late 1960s were filled with characters who are forced by carelessness and circumstance to make the most agonizing of personal choices.

Kevin Mims
Kevin Mims
26 min read
Art and Culture
Heading Into the Atom Age—Pat Frank’s Perpetually Relevant Novels

Heading Into the Atom Age—Pat Frank’s Perpetually Relevant Novels

NOTE: The following essay contains spoilers. British journalist Ed West recently published an excellent essay entitled “Children of Men Is Really Happening,” in which he tied together the shrinking fertility rate wreaking demographic havoc across the globe and the Russian invasion of the Ukraine, which is also wreaking havoc across

Kevin Mims
Kevin Mims
11 min read
Art and Culture
Against De-Materialization: Tom Wolfe in the Age of NFTs

Against De-Materialization: Tom Wolfe in the Age of NFTs

You cannot lose, you cannot win: the present includes the past and the future. ~Marshall McLuhan I In the summer of 1970, TV-Ontario filmed Tom Wolfe in conversation with Marshall McLuhan on the lawn of McLuhan’s home in Toronto’s Wychwood Park. Towards the end of their amicable chat,

Julia Friedman and David Hawkes
Julia Friedman and David Hawkes
14 min read
Art and Culture
The Transmogrification of Harvey Weinstein

The Transmogrification of Harvey Weinstein

I was a good friend of Harvey Weinstein during his early years as a concert promoter, before he became Harvey Weinstein, movie mogul. We subsequently drifted apart, and while Harvey went on to find astronomic success in Hollywood, I worked as the chief psychologist at the Massachusetts Treatment Center for

Daniel Kriegman
Daniel Kriegman
36 min read
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Authentic Immediacy—A Tribute to the Political Fiction of Frederick Forsyth

Authentic Immediacy—A Tribute to the Political Fiction of Frederick Forsyth

When the Berlin Wall fell and the USSR collapsed, one might have assumed that Cold War fiction would become irrelevant. That hasn’t turned out to be the case with Frederick Forsyth’s work. Consider, for instance, this passage from his 1979 novel, The Devil’s Alternative: The Union of

Kevin Mims
Kevin Mims
12 min read
Art and Culture