The holy trinity of great painters-I can’t say. The holy trinity of museum blockbuster exhibit painters, I can say. They are in this order Picasso, Matisse and Cezanne.

I am wondering though if Matisse is trending over Picasso. In the past two months, I’ve seen a Diebenkorn/Matisse exhibit and a Matisse in America exhibit.  There is also a Matisse in the Studio exhibit in Boston. Last year, there was another Matisse/Diebenkorn exhibit which spilled into this year and a Matisse in his Time exhibit.  As far as I know, neither 2016 or 2017  are significant in Matisse’s life which is why I sniff a trend.

Matisse makes a good Picasso substitute. Of course,for starters,  they knew each other and painted contemporaneously. Both lived in Paris; I would like to say that they were both French but can’t really get away with it. Both were collected as painters and as people by Gertrude Stein. Both painted in different styles which makes for a large exhibit. Both lived long lives. Both are dead.

So, go for it.  Make Matisse the new Picasso and Picasso the new Matisse. It is a good deal for both of them, changes things up for us and gives Cezanne hope.


Question: How many buns does it take to screw in a lightbulb?

Answer: One, two if one is a messy bun.

What is the best way to mock AG Jeff Sessions?

The best way to mock best sessions is to pronounce his full name-Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III- very slowly especially lingering on Beauregard.

What is the best way to help people who are charged with marijuana possession if you are called as a juror?

If you are called as a juror in a drug possession is NOT to state that you would/could not vote to convict someone of marijuana or simple drug possession because that will get you kicked off the jury. The best way to be helpful is to nod your head, give the correct answer, serve on the jury and then when it’s time to deliberate say “The judge told us that the State had to prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt. I don’t think the State met their burden.”


A shout out to my favorite “failing newspaper.” Separate from the weekly Cooking section, the Times has created a FREE “cross digital” massive database of recipes contributed by Pierre Franey, Craig Claiborne, Mark Bittman, Amanda Hess and everyone else. You can search by ingredient; you can search by genre or theme. They have how to/master the basics videos; you can save and annotate recipes. Yes, you have to create an NY Times account but whatever privacy you exchange is worth the recipes for everything.

Note-6/28 I will not delete this post, but am disappointed to report that the Times announced today that it will begin charging $ 5 a month for access

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My favorite PSA was the immortal “Your Brain on Drugs.” I liked the eggs and the drama. But while in California, I saw “Talk, Read, Sing” and it won my heart and the title of new favorite PSA.
I am not a parent but know that parents want to nurture their children’s development in every possible way. This PSA, which I’m sure is grounded in solid developmental research, tells them how in three verbs. It rocks a great Dick and Jane rhythm
California, as it frequently does, gets it right.


When you look beyond your own concerns, do you think Trump is the big picture?  Think again.  How about climate change? No, even bigger. The biggest show on Earth is the anthropocene, a new geological era defined by human effect on Earth and the ecosystem.  And in this case having a concept named after you is not a compliment.

When you grapple with a big concept, it helps to have a small piece to chew on. I attended a conference yesterday at NYU [btw-NYU knows how to throw a great conference]on Libraries and Archives in the Anthropocene: A Colloquium, 2017 which provided that piece.  I was introduced to the concepts of sustainability and resilience.  The speakers I heard discussed how libraries and archives can preserve themselves in an age of climactic and digital disasters, how they can preserve culture and knowledge in an age of climactic and digital disasters and how they can actively  spread information and make change. I also learned some small letter stuff like the benefits of microfiche for preservation.

Libraries are also poetic spaces. I learned about three libraries of Emily Dicksonian power: the Library of Water in Iceland, the Svlbard Global Seed Vault in Norway and Charlie Macquarie’s Library of Approximate Location.  in the West[This guy is an artist and farmer too and an entertaining conversationalist].

I feel as if I had an intellectual massage and  went on a hike in the redwoods .  Thank you Rory Litwin and Howard Besser for organizing this.


Colin Woodward asserts that this country has never been “one nation indivisible” but has always been a confederation of 11 nations. Woodward shows how each nation’s culture and values reflect the original settlers of each nation and then traces the conflict and cooperation among regions down to us.
With this thesis, it is not surprising that Woodward thinks that our perception of being “deeply divided” is old news. In his conclusion, after the nobody can predict the future disclaimer, he speculates about compromise, collapse and an EUy confederation. The only way for the “United States to continue to exist in something like its current form” is for “its central government to function cleanly, openly and efficiently.” But there is a chicken and egg in here because our government would function more cleanly, openly and efficiently if we were less divided. So, all hope is lost maybe.
This book is bold, entertaining and informative. The swing nation thesis fits in well with the results of the November election so it helped me get it. I wish he had spent more time on how the united versus the divided aspect but that’s a matter of taste and authorial prerogative.