1. Violence Against Women

    Lately there have been several different works that call attention to violence against women in our contemporary world. I will mention them in order of my encounter with them First is of course Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,( original title, Men Who Hate Women)  and The Girl Who Played with Fire ( […]

  2. Art Sparks Occidental Square Summer 2010

    My office is on Occidental Square, and so I am familiar with all the regular people who like to spend the day there. They sit on benches pursuing various activities. They are guarded by the wonderful 1970s totems by indigenous carver Duane Pasco one of which you see in this photograph. So I was surprised one day to […]

  3. Detained

    Here in the Northwest we still have a lot of support for art from the public sphere, King County 4Culture, the City of Seattle Mayor’s Office of Art and Cultural Affairs, the  Washington State Arts Commission. There are also many local non profits that support both visual art and the literary arts, theater, dance, opera, […]

  4. Shirin Neshat Women without Men

    I just saw Shirin Neshat’s first feature length film, Women without Men, 2009. It has won a lot of awards, at the Sundance Film Festival, at the Venice Biennale, and elsewhere. I wonder how many of the people giving awards and writing reviews have read the novel by Shahrnush Parsipur of the same title. This is the second novel by […]