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Joan Mitchell's City Landscape

By The Art Institute of Chicago

'In City Landscape, painted in 1955, a tangle of various colors - pale pink, scarlet, mustard, sienna and black - evoke the streets of a bustling metropolis. The spontaneous energy conveyed in the composition is at odds with Mitchell's slow and deliberate process.'

I paint a little, then I sit and look at the painting, sometimes for hours. Eventually, the painting tells me what to do.


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Posted on August 10, 2020
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Taxicab Journals

Cab #1555

I kept desperately pushing on that sound icon on the TV screen and nothing.
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Posted on January 6, 2016
Open Letter

Open Letter

Dear Asses Of Chicago Commuters:
This crowding reduction plan isn't working at all for your human.
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Posted on January 29, 2013
Life At Work

I Am A Retail Warrior: Throw The Dog A Birthday Bone!

By Jane Harper
At that point, I was kind of hoping the dog was back at home chewing up her hand-sewn Italian leather shoes.
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Posted on October 19, 2015

Joan Mitchell's City Landscape

By The Art Institute of Chicago
The slow art of a privileged Near North Sider of the 1930s and '40s.

Posted on August 10, 2020

History Of The U.S. Postal Inspection Service

By The U.S. Postal Inspection Service
An in-depth look at the rich history of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service - the oldest federal law enforcement agency.

Posted on August 8, 2020

Now You Can Speak At Your Own Funeral

By Speak At Your Own Funeral
"We see this becoming a 'thing.'"

Posted on August 5, 2020

Fixing The ADA

By Jill Richardson/Other Words
Instead of designing systems for able-bodied people and offering "accommodations" for the disabled, I prefer universal design: designing systems that are accessible for everybody. That way, nobody is left out, and nobody is "othered" or stigmatized.

Posted on July 30, 2020

Henri Matisse's Bathers By A River

By The Art Institute of Chicago
When the painting was acquired by the Art Institute in 1953, Matisse told the museum's director that he viewed the painting as one of his five most pivotal works.

Posted on July 29, 2020

Ahhh, So That's Who Rosalind Franklin Is

By Richard Gunderman/The Conversation
Namesake of North Chicago medical school.

Posted on July 27, 2020

Suffering With Stoics & Cynics

By E.K. Mam
Coping with the dark truth of our existence.

Posted on August 1, 2020

Simply Cynicism

By E.K. Mam
An antisociety antiphilosophy.

Posted on July 23, 2020

Jesus Was Not White

By Anna Swartwood House/The Conversation
But as Europeans colonized increasingly farther-flung lands, they brought a European Jesus with them.

Posted on July 20, 2020

Camouflage For Solar Panels

By General Design & Innovation
For example, an acre of panels in a field of clover could present an image of a field of clover.

Posted on July 17, 2020

Pent-Up America Is Swinging

By 3Fun
Turning to threesomes in a pandemic.

Posted on July 16, 2020

Bari Weiss vs. Barry White

Compare And Contrast
Weiss decries cancel culture; White appeared in the Simpsons episode "Krusty Gets Kancelled."

Posted on July 15, 2020

Flex You

By E.K. Mam
Didn't you hear? Pics, or it didn't happen!

Posted on July 10, 2020

Unscrupulous Tow Drivers Costing Consumers Thousands

By The National Insurance Crime Bureau
Tips on avoiding scams.

Posted on July 9, 2020

Chicago's Bad-Ass Buddha

By The Art Institute of Chicago
The largest in the mainland United States is right here.

Posted on July 8, 2020

Sea Control: Why Chicago?

By The Center for International Maritime Security
A long maritime history, that's why.

Posted on July 7, 2020

Wherever Rod Moore Is, I Hope He's Safe

By David Rutter
We are committed to saving the elderly's physical bodies from harm, but not their souls.

Posted on July 5, 2020

MUSIC - At Home Chicago Blues.
TV - Virtually Funny Family Guy.
POLITICS - The Hamburglar Of Passion.
SPORTS - Olympic Atheletes Dying Under Weight Of Gold.

BOOKS - Machiavelli's Prince Charming.

PEOPLE PLACES & THINGS - Joan Mitchell's City Landscape.


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