Paul Martin: Street 'urchins,' London, UK, 1893 (Courtesy: www.phaidon.com)

Charles Dickens on Homelessness

In essay XIII of The Uncommercial Traveller, Charles Dickens writes of the prevalence of homelessness, as it was found in the London of 1860. The essays that formed the book were drawn from essays written for his weekly periodical All the Year Round, which had a circulation as high as 300,000. London at the time…

Beethoven for a Later Age

The string quartet, with its four individual participants, represents one of the most demanding configurations of human cooperation needed to achieve a result that cannot be achieved by one individual alone. The object of the string quartet is, of course, to re-create, perform, and communicate music in the service of art in the service of…

Patti Smith – M Train (2015)

Patti Smith’s 2015 M Train is a book that is more than close to the heart. The structure of the book first appears superficially episodic, but it soon becomes clear that its organization is carefully controlled, with the text moving easily between the present and the past, and what is meaningful and what seems not…