Understanding Edward Hopper’s popularity — or trying to

In the New York Review of Books, the late poet Mark Strand ruminates on a great exhibit of Hopper's career, focusing on his remarkably graceful drawings, and the sadness that comes off his work: Recent major exhibitions in London, Paris, Rome, and Madrid testify to the universality of [Hopper's] appeal. It couldn’t be just the way New York looked inContinue reading “Understanding Edward Hopper’s popularity — or trying to”

Mr. Melancholy (Americana edition)

While I’m still struggling with jetlag, excuse me for some more non-wonky less-enviro posts…here’s an etching by perhaps the greatest American artist of melancholy, Edward Hopper. And here’s what I learned about melancholy while on vacation in Turkey. For the Turks, melancholy is a collective phenomenon that they call huzun. Orham Pamek, in his greatContinue reading “Mr. Melancholy (Americana edition)”