Map of Alexandria (1575)

Cachuma Ranch by Eyvind Earle

Aldo Leopold in the Rio Gavilan region of the northern Sierra Madre (Wikicommons)

The complete text of the classic essay.

Isamu Noguchi’s plans for a Japanese memorial were scrapped when it was discovered he was American

With three examples from literature of each one

a painting with three bridges in a landscape
“Bridges” (1905) by Mikalojus Konstantinas Ciurlionis (public domain)

I would prefer not to

A 19th-century modernist novella that resonates in a time of Instagram, Mars rovers, and communication by emoji

Detail of “Orange, Red, Yellow” (1961) by Mark Rothko
Detail of “Orange, Red, Yellow” (1961) by Mark Rothko

Rothko’s signature work reflects a life without definition or a center, a life unmoored

What do artists say when they paint backbreaking work?

Gustave Courbet’s painting “The Stone Breakers”
Gustave Courbet’s “The Stone Breakers”

The Stone Breakers

50 literary recommendations from a master wordsmith

William Gass reading in his library. Photo by Frank Di Piazza.

And Melville talks economic inequality.

The Empty Picture Frame by Rene Magritte
“The Empty Picture Frame” (1934) by Rene Magritte

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