Dancer and Gazelles by Paul Manship


This is at the Toledo Museum of Art. I hope I get to go back someday soon.

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I’m Still Here

2020 has definitely taken a toll on me.

I lost interest in the blog. Everything seemed really pointless.

I still haven’t had Covid-19, but I know a number of people who have.

The cases in Ohio are worse than ever, though when I checked the cases today, the 7 day average positivity has gone down, so that is good. I have been working from home for 9 months tomorrow.

This whole year has been a strange combination of boredom and fear. And anger. So, so much anger.

But I am still here. I am going to try to write, even when I feel empty.

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Stag at Sharkey’s by George Bellows


This painting is listed as a Must See at the Cleveland Museum of Art. I don’t like the subject matter, but I can respect the artistry.

And I can respect the fact that George Bellows is a fellow Ohioan. He is an OSU alumnus. OH! IO!

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90’s Songs: This Is How We Do It by Montell Jordan

This song needs no introduction. And it never fails to make me happy.

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Documentaries You Should See: This Changes Everything

This Changes Everything is a documentary about women in film. It’s an often frustrating depiction, especially when the actresses read descriptions of female characters in films. “Pretty. Big tits.” It is both a documentary and a call to arms. It’s a big reason why I decided to do the Chick Flick Movie Awards. But then the world ended.

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Starrucca Viaduct, Pennsylvania from Jasper Francis Cropsey


I love the autumn foilage.

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Tear Down All Statues (I’m Serious)

One thing I hear all the time is, “If we take down statues of Confederate officers, where does it end? Will we take down all statues?”.

To which I answer, ” Why not? ”

To be clear, I am not saying we should not have any statues. Instead, I think we should take a page out of Larry Wilmore’s book.

Larry Wilmore, in this video, makes a proposal for the Confederate flag. “Why not take it down now, and then you can debate putting it back up?”.

I actually think this would be a good exercise.

Each community could take down all of its statues and then debate putting them back up. Ideally, this would start with more abstract questions, such as “What is the purpose of statues?”. “Are there ‘deal breakers ‘, acts that are so horrific that they disqualify a person from having a statue, regardless of their other accomplishments?”.

After this, the community can review the historical evidence of the person’s life, and allow different voices in the community to prevent different viewpoints.

Will this happen? Not in a million years. And I can’t pretend this would singlehandedly fix the problem of racial injustice. But I don’t think it would hurt.

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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Re-Read

1 Dobby has a winning, childlike appeal.

2. The rule that underage witches and wizards can’t use magic outside of school is very unfair to children in Muggle homes. Harry gets in trouble for something that is not his fault. It also gives children in wizard families an unfair advantage, since they can’t face the same consequences.

3 While the book focuses on prejudice against Muggles and Muggle born witches and wizards, Harry experiences a different kind of prejudice. He experienced prejudice against witches and wizrds.

4 Fred and George show a more open way of looking at the world. They pick the lock, explaining that they think Muggle skills are worth learning.

5 The story sets up early on that Ginny has a diary. Funny

6 I can’t help but wonder at the ethics of bringing Muggle born children into a world where they will face prejudice and hatred without preparing them or providing them any kind of support system.

7 Where does the Muggle hatred come from?

8 I find Professor Binns very funny. The idea of a ghost professor is very amusing.

9 The book is constantly showing that something is wrong with Ginny. It definitely rewards careful reading.

10 Hermione is very naive in this book. Ron has a lot more wisdom.

11 Once again, Dumbledore deals in secrets rather than being honest.

12 I wonder how many Americans appreciate the fact that the Phoenix is named Fawkes.

13 They just take Hagrid off to prison without trial. The magical world is very, very flawed.

14 The magical world also treats sentient, non-human beings very poorly.

15 The book also strongly hints the horrified and that Harry is an unintentional horcrux.

16 The early books have unambiguously happy endings.

17 The movies did Ron a great disservice by taking away his speech about Muggles. We get to see that he shares the views of his family and that he rejects the pure blood ideology of Malfoy.

18 Ron is a foil to Harry, but he is also a foil to Draco. Franco is a wealthy, only child where Ron is poor with lots of siblings.

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Beethoven Piano Donate No 6 in F Major by Jandro Lortie

This YouTube page says that a lot of people consider this one of Beethoven’s less important sonatas.

Does anyone have an opinion on that?

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Storage Vessel with Ransom of Hektor


This case shows the scene at the end of the Iliad when Priam appeals to Achilles for the body of Hector. It is an incredibly moving scene. The Iliad does not end with the heroes basking in their glory, but with two men, broken by war, and the burial of Hector, the tamer of horses.

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