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No Better Time to Be Alive – by Emmett

People have been harbinging the decline of America for decades.  Our rapid ascension to power combined with a near apocalyptic sense of our own national destiny has made the American landscape an inspirational setting for fictional takes on what an empire in decline will look like. Canadian filmmaker Denys Arcand’s suite of films, Le Déclin de l’empire américain (1986), Les Invasions barbares (2003) and L’Âge des ténèbres (2007), engages the question of North American cultural decay in a decade long dialogue so well written and performed that it seems to negate its own argument through the talent of its execution. Continue reading

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Walton Ford – by Emmett

Calvin Tompkin’s profile on artist Walton Ford (“Man and Beast,” The New Yorker, 26 January 2009) left me with the impression that Ford is, along with John Currin, one of the new breed of American artist who is resuscitating the craft of painting from the bright dark age of neo-expressionism.

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