Sunday, April 30, 2006

Q&A David Milch

First appeared in the Boston Globe.
By Harvey Blume

Few people credit heroin, rather than, say, Jesus, for giving them a new lease on life. But when award-winning television writer David Milch ("Hill Street Blues," "NYPD Blue," "Deadwood") spoke at MIT earlier this month, he avowed that exchanging the various "experiments in psychopharmacology" he had been conducting on himself for a heroin habit was nothing less than life-saving. 

Sunday, April 2, 2006

Kara Walker Q&A

First appeared in the Boston Globe

By Harvey Blume  

THE CURRENT DIVERGENCE of opinion about African-American artist Kara Walker dates back at least to 1997, when, at the age of 28, she won a MacArthur "genius" award for work with what she calls the "second-class" medium of silhouettes, a medium that in the 19th century was reserved primarily for women and children. Some compare Walker's silhouettes (and, more recently, gouaches and video) to Goya--others refer to Uncle Tom. Cultural conservatives scorn her as just the sort of politically correct, aesthetically negligible poseur the art market loves.