Commentary

The late artist Robert Smithson said that "Cultural confinement takes place when a curator imposes his or her own limits on an art exhibition, rather than asking an artist to set his or her own limits."

 

The battle continues.

  

Spring is finally here, and along with it comes one of my favorite activities: playing music really loud in my car. 

Modern stand-up comedy is rooted in the comedy acts that appeared on vaudeville stages during the turn of the 20th century.

25,000 years ago man carved the image of a salmon into the walls of a cave in southern France, and this depiction is the oldest known artistic representation of salmon in the world.

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The Kansas state legislature and the Governor are at an impasse about revenue and tax policies. More cuts in state spending are being proposed, but I have heard nothing about the money savings that could occur by cutting the number of legislators.  

There was a recent report on this station that indicated that some in the “prepper” community are getting bodacious with their underground shelters. They’ve got pools with water slides, bowling alleys and high-end appliances down there. They’re paying millions for these things.

There is a lot of conversation these days about keeping young people in Wichita. While well meaning, these sentiments miss a critical feature. Many local kids grow up to do well in their own community but many others move away. That is true for all cities, not just Wichita.

Two inspired illustrated books recently caught my eye; two distinctive palates, two portraits of child artists, two books that distill complicated concepts. 

Marginalia: Josh Barkan

Mar 17, 2017

In today’s podcast, I visited with Josh Barkan about his new book of stories, Mexico. He has divided his time between the United States and Mexico for several years, and many of these stories were derived from personal experience, as Josh explains in our conversation.

Here he is:

And if you listened to the Marginalia on air, here's what you heard:

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Mexico: Stories was published by Hogarth.

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