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As angry as he is erudite, the gentleman known only as The Incensed Professor steps onto the PluggedInto stage with a few bones to pick and minds to expand.

Sounding off on art collecting

If you can find something, like antique Japanese scroll paintings, for instance, that can still be acquired fairly cheaply (well, at least until recently – Westerners are not used to rolling up and switching out our paintings), and you genuinely [Read More]

August 8, 2018 // 0 Comments

Who Wrote Shakespeare’s Plays?

The important thing to recognize about Shakespeare scholarship is that it is an industry.  Scholars know that they gain fame and academic clout by “discovering” things in Shakespeare.  If they edit textbooks, they even make money, which I, [Read More]

July 16, 2018 // 0 Comments

East brush, west brush

The thing about Japanese and Chinese paintings is that they are more like Western water colors than they are like painting in oil.  Once the brush touches the paper, there is almost nothing that can be done to correct it.  In oils, we often find [Read More]

March 14, 2018 // 0 Comments

Movies and tasty dialogue

    A Man for All Seasons, which was for a long time my favorite movie, has for a number of years been challenged by Babette’s Feast.  Before that it may have been The Graduate, though that was the occasion of my most serious blunder in [Read More]

February 15, 2018 // 0 Comments

Still life

  The mention of Zurbarán in my last essay leads me to recall another Zurbarán masterpiece, The Crucifixion in the Art Institute of Chicago.  When I went to see the Art Institue with my cousin, a true art maven, she was entranced by a [Read More]

December 20, 2017 // 0 Comments

The Huntington Collection

    Still Life in the Norton Simon  Because it is by Zurbarán, Who paints Dead Saints as Still Lifes too, It costs more than you think it can – Much more than if by me or you.  Art, insufficient in itself, Can’t make its price [Read More]

December 12, 2017 // 0 Comments

  Is College a Good Thing?

I claim enough academic experience to have unwavering opinions on the nature of the modern academy.  I have been a student at grand universities and small colleges, famous research institutions and schools that (mirabile dictu!) put the classroom [Read More]

December 4, 2017 // 0 Comments