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The World of Non-Dating: A Review of ‘The Gaggle’

The Mercurial Gallery

  The Gaggle: How the Men You Know Will Help You Find the Love You Want, a self-help book on dating, relationships, and love by Jessica Massa, casts off traditional dating myths and lore by offering a guide on how to view and inhabit what… Read more »

The Umbilical Dilemma

Duo Dickinson

  Everyone of a certain age remembers “In Living Color” – the great 1990s weekly comedy TV show that helped launch the careers of the Wayans family – Kim, Shawn, Marlon, and Dwayne as well as Jim Carrey, Jamie Foxx, and David Alan Grier.   In… Read more »

The Real Life Survival Guide: Stuff

Duo Dickinson

  Words have meanings. “Stuff” is both verb and noun, and both its uses have a generically unpleasant sensibility.   Beloved icons of past eras are neither “stuff,” nor do we “stuff” them anywhere. But the last 50 years have created more stuffed stuff than… Read more »

Opera, Pressure Treated Wood and “The Truth”

Duo Dickinson

  –fine arts architecture has left the building   One son loves opera, studies Italian to better appreciate it, and has sung it at the highest collegiate level (in the chorus). This spring he sang in Verdi’s Falstaff, where at the end of the production… Read more »

News Feed Anorexia

Duo Dickinson

  My laptop’s MSN home page is a revelation.   I am so techno-lazy that I never select a homepage – I just go with what is there after someone in my office loads up my latest software vessel. But the latest load-up reveals a… Read more »

In Defense of Luhrmann’s ‘Gatsby’

The Mercurial Gallery

  So many people have their vintage panties in a twist about the apparent lack of historical accuracy in Baz Luhrmann’s long-awaited interpretation of The Great Gatsby, the novel every high school student in the United States has read.   F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel has been made into… Read more »

Erosion Revelation

Duo Dickinson

  Surface and Substance Veneer and Core Order and the Ad Hoc Materiality and Abstraction Sculpture and Craft   On a brief surgical insertion into Venice, I experienced a series of insights caused by unique circumstances of construction, wear, and environment.   Just as our… Read more »

Cicadas, Tebow, & Comet Kohoutek

Duo Dickinson

  When I heard that zillions of cicadas would emerge to greet the sun in June, have sex and, according to the journal Science, create a “nightmare” of unrelenting cacophony, I had a flashback – not to 1996, or even 1979 but to 1962 –… Read more »