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Time with Tolkien

Art | A treasury of J.R.R. Tolkien’s paintings and notes is on display in New York
by Emily Belz
Posted 4/30/19, 01:06 pm

A New York moment: 

The Bodleian Library in Oxford loaned a trove of J.R.R. Tolkien’s sketches, doodles, and illustrations to New York’s Morgan Library & Museum, which calls it “the most extensive public display of original Tolkien material for several generations.” The exhibit closes May 12, and it has been packed in its final weeks, for good reason. Though the exhibit is contained in only two large rooms, I spent hours inside poring over Tolkien’s meticulous notes, maps, and paintings. 

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Portrait of a Christian artist

Art | Combat and Christianity helped shape Roger Blum and his work
by Sharon Dierberger
Posted 4/11/19, 03:09 pm

Artist Roger Blum, now 78, grew up in a troubled Seventh-day Adventist home in Northern California. That upbringing led him to register as a conscientious objector during the Vietnam War. In 1965, when he was beginning a master’s degree program and trying to establish himself as an illustrator, he received a draft notice.

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On the streets where you live

New York | A New York artist leaves winsome messages in sidewalk chalk, and local media dig up a democratic socialist candidate’s ‘repressive’ pro-life past
by Emily Belz
Posted 9/04/18, 04:39 pm

A New York moment: 

You see a lot of weird stuff on the sidewalks of Manhattan, from discarded pants to one-legged pigeons. One time I came across a steaming pile of potatoes, scattered on the sidewalk, a scenario that still leaves me baffled.

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