Lucian Freuds

From Out of a Featureless Crowd By KAREN WILKIN New York Victoria and Albert Museum, on long-term loan to The National Gallery, London ‘Fra Teodoro of Urbino as St. Dominic’ (1515), by Giovanni Bellini. Portraits, from gritty Lucian Freuds to the fatuous kitsch perpetrated by street artists, are such a constant presence in our visual landscape […]

Iris Murdoch Remembered

Roman Bonzon Iris Murdoch, British novelist and philosopher, died on February 8, 1999, in Oxford, England, at the age of seventy-nine. She had suffered from Alzheimers disease since the mid-1990s, and died at a nursing home with her husband by her side. “She is not sailing into the dark”, he wrote in the moving […]

Feb 2, 1887: First Groundhog Day

First Groundhog Day. (2012). The History Channel website. Retrieved 9:18, February 1, 2012, from On this day in 1887, Groundhog Day, featuring a rodent meteorologist, is celebrated for the first time at Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. According to tradition, if a groundhog comes out of its hole on this day and sees its […]