There’s good news at The Washington Post. The paper is stronger than it’s been in at least a decade, and everyone is breathing (tentatively, nervously) a sigh of relief that the new owner and business model may bring some stability. Jeff Bezos has certainly brought growth, and in the past month I’ve enjoyed something that was pretty restricted for several years: The chance to travel and see exhibitions outside of Washington.
Reviews are, fundamentally, news of the world, albeit news processed by the sensibility of the critic. They offer an essential alternative to the emotionally draining and sometimes stultifying news of politics that we are all reading like crazy addicts these days. We need that kind of news, of course; but we also need the mental clarity and equanimity to make sense of that news. The arts won’t fix the world, but they do give us a locus for thinking about and reacting to the world in ways that may help us to be better equipped at dealing with the so called “real” world that seems in such disarray now.
So here are links to some recent reviews and other pieces, from New York and Arkansas and the old hometown, Washington, D.C.
Image courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art