Daily Archives: June 1, 2010

If you read nothng else today, please read Bob Herbert’s column in the New York Times…

It is called Our Epic Foolishness, it sums up clearly where we are right now:

If a bank is too big to fail, it’s way too big to exist. If an oil well is too far beneath the sea to be plugged when something goes wrong, it’s too deep to be drilled in the first place.

When are we going to stop behaving so stupidly? We nearly wrecked the economy and we’re all but buried in debt. But we can’t break up the biggest banks, and we can’t raise taxes. Now we’re fouling the magnificent Gulf of Mexico and ruining entire communities along the southern Louisiana Coast.

And, by the way, we’re still fighting a futile war in Afghanistan that we’ve been fighting with nonstop futility for nearly a decade. (I’m sure the troops saddled with this thankless task were thrilled to see fans and teams demonstrating their undying support for their efforts by wearing fancy baseball caps on Memorial Day.)

Herbert goes over the things we have to do… develop non-fossil fuel energy, weatherize our homes, creation of a carbon tax to force down use, etc, etc, etc… and expresses his doubts that it will happen.

All around us is the wreckage of our failure to master the challenges confronting us. We see it in the many millions of Americans who remain out of work and whose hopes are not rising despite all the talk of economic recovery. We see it in the schools where teachers are walking the plank by the scores of thousands because of state and local budget problems.

We see it in the shrinking middle class and in the black community where depressionlike conditions are fostering not just a sense of helplessness, but despair.

What’s needed is dynamic leadership (it doesn’t have to come from the top) to reinvigorate the spirit of America and turn that sense of helplessness around.

Doesn’t have to come from the top? That’s good… it doesn’t seem to be coming from there now.

Louise Bourgeois DEAD: Sculptor, Artist Dies, Aged 98

French-born American artist and sculptor Louise Bourgeois has died. Her most famous works are possibly the spider structures, titled Maman, from the last dozen years.

Virtually unknown until the Museum of Modern Art featured her work when she was in her seventies. In 1982 New York’s Museum of Modern Art put on a retrospective of Bourgeois’ work. This was the first retrospective the museum had ever mounted of a woman sculptor.[5] In 1993 she represented the United States at the Venice Biennale. In 1999 she participated in the Melbourne International Biennial 1999. In 2000 Bourgeois was commissioned for the inaugural installation at Turbine Hall of Bankside Power Station, opening as the new Tate Modern museum (May 12 to November 26).

In many interviews, Bourgeois cited a childhood trauma as the source of much of the emotion in her work: her father’s affair with a woman hired as an English tutor for young Louise.

“You see, I always hated that woman,” she told The Washington Post. “… My work is often about murder.”

Bourgeois worked until the end of her life… as a matter of fact she was working Saturday when a heart attack hospitalized her.