Bob Duggan has Master’s Degrees in English Literature and Education and is not afraid to use them. Born and raised in Philadelphia, PA, he has always been fascinated by art and brings an informed amateur’s eye to the conversation.
Bored by “Citizen Kane”? Looking back from our era of psychologically messed up lead characters (think Bryan Cranston’s Walter Whitein Breaking Bad), Vertigo seems decades ahead of its time.
If tattoos had always been as popular as they are today, here is what Charles Darwin, Henry V, Lord Nelson, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama might have inked.
Why did Jackie Robinson have to break baseball’s color line in 1947 after another man broke it almost 70 years before?
Is Amanda Palmer (who turns 40 today!), queen of pop-up concerts, kickstarter, and social media, the prototypical artist of the future?
Author-musician James McBride claims that James Brown, the Godfather of Soul, holds the secret to America’s race-torn soul.
If a politician’s broken promises ever broke your heart, Beethoven knew how you feel.
Artist Laura Poitras—the filmmaker who helped Edward Snowden—shows Americans how to survive total surveillance in a new exhibition.
Monty Python’s Terry Jones argues that economics isn’t a science—it’s history! Forgetting that history inevitably dooms us to the next financial crisis.
For Women’s History Month 2016, take the #5WomenArtists challenge and test your (sexist?) art history knowledge.
Chinese activist Ai Weiwei is the most political artist on Earth. Did he just sell his soul to a department store?
These American artists once challenged the art world with epic land art. Where are today’s troublemakers?
Resolved to be more cultured in 2016? Try these art and music pairings to learn to savor more of both.
Before there was Cruise, Stallone, and Schwarzenegger, there was Douglas Fairbanks.