Modernism

The Armory Show Made Modern Art Something You Love to Hate

Against the cult of novelty

100 years ago, the cult of novelty was born. 

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The Crisis in Contemporary Ballet

How emotion left dance

It is mystifying to find choreographers today taking form so seriously but leaving feeling behind. Is this a slow trailing off from modernism or a misconceived tribute to the idea of abstraction, or is it the beginning of a new way of thinking?

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From the Stacks: “Ulysses”

July 5, 1922

On August 16, 1922, Virginia Woolf penned a passage in her diary panning James Joyce's Ulysses. But New Republic editor Edmund Wilson would have disagreed with her—he, instead, praised it as a "work of high genius." In memoriam of Woolf's legendary take-down, a reprint of Wilson's original review.

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When Alfred Hitchcock died, Mark Crispin Miller wrote this impassioned defense of Hitchcock's legacy against the onslaught of his critics, citing him as "among the greatest artists of this century."

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Becoming T. S. Eliot, for Better and for Worse

Eliot's Letters from 1926-1927

Now that we know so much about Eliot, are we still so curious about him?

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How Baudelaire Revolutionized Modern Literature

Humiliation as a Way of Life

Baudelaire thought that everything natural was corrupt. This perverse, humiliating belief changed the face of literature.

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