Category Archives: Art

What We’re Loving — April 2014

Nassau Literary Review Staff talk about what they’ve been reading, watching, and listening to while sitting under courtyard Oak trees in the warm spring sun.
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How Lonely Sits The City, Part II

“The idea of a “ruin aesthetic” has been resolvable for few, and problematic for many. To believe that such a thing exists seems at once to be an act of fetishization and ennoblement. I am convinced that the ways in which we perceive ruinscapes can have (and have had) tangible consequences, although the nature of these repercussions is contingent on the time in which the particular ruinsite exists.” Continue reading

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A Paradox of Grand Designs: Thomas Jefferson and his Empire for Liberty

“Sometimes I cannot believe the egotism of Thomas Jefferson. Stories where he gives portraits of himself to neighbors are echoed in modern accounts of his institutional successors, who, rather than owning up to their obligations, donate statues of their founder to rectify past debts. What kind of man could have spawned such bitter anecdotes, such institutionalized arrogance, yet also be bestowed with immortality as a champion of democracy?” Continue reading

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How Lonely Sits The City, Part I

Why do ruins appeal to us? This question, which will guide the two essays that compose this series, is more central to our understanding of history and aesthetics than we may at first believe. Our perception of any one ruin and its moral and cultural consequences are inextricably connected to its geographic and temporal coordinates. Our imagination of ruinscape, whether individual or collective, depends not only on who we are, but also where and when we are. Continue reading

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Nasslit Presents: Art and Ekphrasis in New York City

The Nassau Literary Review is pleased to announce that we will be hosting a trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City! Continue reading

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