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The Foot of Don Juan de Oñate

The man who cut off the foot of the Don Juan de Oñate statue in Alcade, New Mexico 20 years ago has come forth with the booty ( pun intended). Today the New York Times is reporting that the man it calls … Continue reading

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Standing as Metaphor

Working this summer on a book I began thinking about while still teaching at Vanderbilt University in the 1980’s. The first chapter explores the metaphor of standing in Sophocles’ Oedipus the King and in Kafka’s “The Metamorphosis.” What does it meaning … Continue reading

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A Footnote

In Berlin’s Gemäldegallerie Botticelli’s Venus confronted me with her full body. My pedestrian eyes dropped to her feet, to the roll of fat just above her left ankle, to the toes slightly bent with the weight, to the impression her … Continue reading

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Standing as Metaphor: H. Bosch

In April I spent a long morning in the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, almost the entire time in the large room that displays eight or ten of Breugel’s best paintings (The Peasant Wedding, Saul on the Road to Damascus, Hunters … Continue reading

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