Speaking of Art (Business of Art, 2)

Almost 20 years ago, I wrote a couple dozen essays on the history of painting for BeyondBooks.com, a subscription service that provided online supplementary materials for high-school students. The site’s…

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Buying and Selling Art (Business of Art, 1)

Almost 20 years ago, I wrote a couple dozen essays on the history of painting for BeyondBooks.com, a subscription service that provided online supplementary materials for high-school students. The site’s…

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New in Print: Three Books on Alexander Hamilton

Now available: Alexander Hamilton: A Brief Biography and Alexander Hamilton: A Friend to America, volumes 1 and 2. (The "sell sheet" with all the information below is available as a…

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Booker T. Washington

My favorite short story by Dorothy Canfield Fisher is "The Washed Window," which centers on Booker T. Washington. Fisher's story was published in 1955, forty years after Washington's death. I…

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Daniel Webster (Central Park, New York)

This post is adapted from the forthcoming Guides Who Know app on Central Park. Fame ... The national reputation of “the god-like Daniel” dates to 1830. Two years earlier, no…

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Seven Liberal Arts: Rhetoric

The purpose of the liberal arts: clarification In my post on Grammar, I stated that the liberal arts were originally intended to provide the knowledge that a person needed to…

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