Browsing: Stephen V. Kobasa

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FILM REVIEW: RESTREPO

By STEPHEN V. KOBASA This is the scene that tells everything. The soldier is visible only from the chest down, wearing shorts, sneakers, and no socks. He is firing an automatic weapon. The spent bullet casings are falling around his…

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PHIL LIQUE @ ARTSPACE

By STEPHEN V. KOBASA War’s dogs are out and about. We should know this. A thousand Americans dead in Afghanistan, and the number of slaughtered civilians only an underestimated approximation. But we are not keen to have such news. In…

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WILLIAM LAMSON @ ARTSPACE

By STEPHEN V. KOBASA Comedy refuses mortality. That is Buster Keaton’s lesson, and why, I think, he is a greater artist than Charlie Chaplin. There is something too elaborately contrived about all of Chaplin’s encounters with disaster; he simpers too…

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Inventing a Pond

Thoreau heard trains in Walden. There is the recorded sound of one in the exhibition Walden, revisited, on view through April 26 at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, but there is nothing to suggest that it is anything other…

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Painting with Ashes

Charcoal is made by burning, so an artist might use slivers of charred ruins to draw with. In the midst of all the color, it is the prominence of this dark medium from out of the flames that resonates most…