The Éduard Manet show at the Art Institute is kind of a bait-and-switch. All the posters and ad copy is about portraits of society women and modernity (whatever the hell that means.) But the best things in it are genre scenes of people drinking and little still-life paintings. There’s not a single “major” painting in theContinue reading “Manet”

Future Language

A couple weeks ago I went to the Music Box and watched Lori Felker’s great documentary about a NYC character named VON LMO. There were only about eight of us in the audience, but Felker did a Q & A anyway. The movie stuck with me so I wrote it up for Aquarium Drunkard.  I wroteContinue reading “Future Language”


I read an article about the world premiere of a play based on Saul Bellow’s The Adventures of Augie March, got a cheap ticket, and was at the Court Theatre in Hyde Park for the first preview a few days later. I read a bunch of Bellow’s books, but it’s been many years since I picked oneContinue reading “Herzog”