Tuesday, March 26, 2019

My Copy of Menasseh ben Israel by Steven Nadler

Years after reading his book Rembrandt's Jews (2003), I finally got to meet Dr. Steven Nadler and hear the professor of philosophy discuss his new biography Menasseh ben Israel: Rabbi of Amsterdam (2018). Dr. Nadler, an expert on the Jewish community of 17th century Amsterdam, signed and inscribed my copy of his most recent book.

Menasseh ben Israel and Baruch Spinoza, Jews of 17th century Amsterdam
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Monday, March 25, 2019

My Entry in The New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest #655

Don't bother to analyze my entry in The New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest #655 for March 25, 2019. The drawing is by Frank Cotham.

"Fortunately, our time is up."

This one showed no insight:
"You haven't finished your ballad."

Note:  Last week cartoonist Mick Stevens gave us a debate about globalism. My caption was tongue-tied. Who made the best argument in Contest #654?


Sunday, March 24, 2019

Tiffany Lamps at the New-York Historical Society

I was overwhelmed by the New-York Historical Society's new gallery space for its matchless collection of Tiffany Studios lamps. These lamps are objects of breathtaking beauty. I took many photos, all the time aware of the inadequacy of my efforts. These pieces need to be seen and experienced in person.