First Person

Seventeen Ways of Looking at the Mona Lisa

Essay, First Person, Visual Art

We asked writers and artists to show us what the ‘Mona Lisa’ means in today’s selfie-seeking, Kardashianized world.

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You Have Changed Me Forever

Essay, First Person, Theater

The role of a lifetime plunges an actor into one of the deadliest chapters of American history....

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To Bobby, With Love

Essay, First Person, Music, Theater

The last single person among her friends, a young woman recognizes herself in Stephen Sondheim’s ‘Company’....

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There Was This Clock

Essay, First Person, Visual Art

A musician chases Time through art history.

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On Not Being Silent

Essay, First Person, Poetry

A journalist’s priorities change after an encounter with the work of the feminist poet Audre Lorde....

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Final Touch

Essay, First Person, Visual Art

Remembering Mirella Bentivoglio, who left a legacy of art and personal conversations....

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What If Our Ideal Is Shot With Rust?

Essay, First Person, Poetry, Visual Art

A poet wanders cultural Paris before and after a terror attack.

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Stepping, In Time

Dance, Essay, First Person

Gestures for manual labor become a dance and inspire reflection on optimization and ease....

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Heaven and Hell in Venice

Essay, First Person, Visual Art

Overwhelmed by history, a traveler connects to the present via Hieronymus Bosch....

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Object of Art

First Person, Visual Art

An art model returns the artist’s gaze. Privacy, nudity, and identity in the art studio

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