May you live in interesting times!

Happy New Year, dear readers.

We face interesting challenges in the United States, and if there were ever a time when the arts were essential, now is that time. Literature, theater, visual art, music, dance, film and video, improvisation . . . As well, scientific inquiry, education, philosophy, journalism. All of these pursuits have in common the search for understanding — understanding of fact and also understanding of each other and ourselves.

But let’s not let our natural inquisitiveness lead us to question the validity of the principles upon which the United States was founded: Equality, liberty, and justice for all.



From the British Library collection of public domain images on Flickr:


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