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Image and Image: How Photographic Reproductions Enhance the Experience of Art

Bernie Langs Duccio di Buoninsegna and His School, by James H. Stubblebine, is a two-volume set of books examining the fascinating period of early Italian Renaissance art from 1285 up to about 1330. The second volume features over 500 black … Continue reading

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Two of My Favorite Guitar Solos

Bernie Langs I came to musical awareness at age five in the early 1960s when my parents played records on our home “hi-fi” system featuring the mellow folk songs of The Kingston Trio and The Tarriers, as well as soundtracks … Continue reading

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The Curious Appeal of “The Innocent” in Film: Benjamin Button and Forrest Gump

Bernie Langs The 1994 film Forrest Gump, directed by Robert Zemeckis, focuses on the life of a supposedly simple-minded man who manages to constantly find himself in the center of many historically turbulent moments during the 1960s and 1970s. Along … Continue reading

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Culture Corner: An Interview with Jonathan Klein, former President, CNN/U.S.

Bernie Langs Jonathan Klein is the former President of CNN/U.S., having filled the position from 2004 to 2010. A 1980 graduate of Brown University, his interest in media and news started at the respected student-run commercial radio station in Providence, … Continue reading

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An Interview with Artist Ann Chernow of Westport, Connecticut Bernie Langs The artist Ann Chernow was born in 1936 and grew up in New York City. She has worked extensively in the mediums of lithography, silkscreen, etching, and colored pencil … Continue reading

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Giants of Classic Films: The Exceptional Mind Trapped in a World of Their Own Creation Bernie Langs The misunderstood great mind standing firm and alone with their vision, genius, or obsession has long been a theme in film history. Many … Continue reading

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And the Alternative Oscar Goes To… Bernie Langs You obviously cannot hand out Academy Awards for every superlative acting performance and deliver a statuette to all deserving movies every year. That said, here is a commercial-free presentation of Honorary Oscars … Continue reading

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Painter as Cinema: Gerhard Richter and Never Look Away Bernie Langs One of the difficult processes of being solidly past sixty years of age has been the near-weekly grieving for the passing away of cherished, long-time film, television, and music … Continue reading

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A War of the Worlds for the Age of Pandemic Bernie Langs Spoilers below! There have been two excellent film adaptations of the ahead of its time 1898 science fiction novel by H.G. Wells, The War of the Worlds. Gene … Continue reading

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Best of the Boston Music Scene, 1979-1981: The Neighborhoods Bernie Langs I lived in Boston from 1979 to 1981, spending time as an active participant in the local rock music scene as a musician and songwriter playing in a short-lived … Continue reading

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Films of Exploration and Adventure: The Lost City of Z and The Lighthouse Bernie Langs Spoiler alert below! In the time of movies featuring a multitude of superhero comic book stories, cliched comedies, and explosive action adventures with mindless plots … Continue reading

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Comparing Ancient and Contemporary Ideas of Time: The Writings of Plotinus and Carlo Rovelli Bernie Langs Plotinus (A.D. 204-270) founded the school of Neoplatonism and selections of his work, The Enneads, reveal his ideas which blend the thoughts of Aristotle, … Continue reading

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An Interview with 2001: A Space Odyssey Star Keir Dullea Bernie Langs  Keir Dullea is a stage and film actor best known for his leading role in Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 masterpiece and genre-changing movie, 2001: A Space Odyssey. During an … Continue reading

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Collecting Art Bernie Langs I’ve been acquiring works of art for most of my life, starting with the 1960s-style posters that graced the walls of my childhood bedroom. If you keep an eye out at galleries and book/gift shops, you … Continue reading

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An Interview with Musician and Composer Izzi Ramkissoon Bernie Langs When you speak with the award-winning electroacoustic multimedia composer, performer, and audiovisual artist Izzi Ramkissoon about music, you are immediately swept up by two things. The first is his zen-like … Continue reading

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Television Review: Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story and Springsteen on Broadway Bernie Langs Photo Credits: Netflix If one believes that we’re living in a golden age of television, that blessing comes with a bonus of a golden age … Continue reading

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A Garden of Sports and Musical Delights Bernie Langs The period of the mid- to late- 1960s and early 1970s in America was the greatest window in history to experience childhood and adolescence. The whole world had the opportunity to … Continue reading

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The Piero Tour in Italy Bernie Langs   While familiarizing myself over the years with the pictures painted by the Masters of the Italian Renaissance, I have found that one artist stands out as singularly enigmatic in his body of … Continue reading

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Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Beggars Banquet by The Rolling Stones Bernie Langs In December of 1968 The Rolling Stones released Beggars Banquet just months before they would be introduced as “the greatest rock and roll band in the world.” … Continue reading

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Bernie Langs Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist Stephen Kurkjian discusses the Gardner Museum Theft and the Podcast “Last Seen” Stephen Kurkjian (photo courtesy of Mr. Kurkjian) Courtyard of the Gardner Museum in Boston (photo: Bernie Langs) “The Storm on the Sea of … Continue reading

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