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Winter Art Show

March 2023
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American still-life painters of the nineteenth century were enormously fond of cigar boxes, folded newspapers, and half-finished glasses of wine. In 1878 John F. Peto, one of the masters of the genre, turned his attention to a more idiosyncratic pleasure: peppermint candy spilling from a bag.

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Stories published from "December 1987"

Authored by: Wallace Stegner

“Why hasn't the stereotype faded away as real cowboys become less and less typical of Western life? Because we can't or won't do without it, obviously.”

Authored by: The Editors

Superb carvings by an obscure artisan recapture the circus world of the 1920s

Authored by: Thomas Fleming

So big was the leak that it might have caused us to lose World War II. So mysterious is the identity of the leaker that we can’t be sure to this day who it was…or at least not entirely sure.

A new novel about Lincoln examines questions about civil liberties in wartime, staff loyalties and disloyalties, and especially, Lincoln’s priorities

Authored by: Alfred Kazin

His speech was called “our intellectual Declaration of Independence.” Its theme was the universe itself; its hero, Man Thinking. Now, one hundred and seventy-five years later, a noted scholar sees Emerson’s great vision as both more beleaguered and more urgent than ever.

Authored by: Bryan R. Johnson

Americans have been doing just that since the days of the California gold rush—and we’re still not full

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Born during Jim Crow, Belle da Costa Greene perfected the art of "passing" while working for one of the most powerful men in America.