Arts


The Lost Art of Doing Nothing

By Christian Williams

What are we missing out on when we use our smart phones to pass idle time?


Song Premiere: Mark O'Connor - "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)"

by Utne Reader staff

Utne Reader is proud to premiere violinist Mark O'Connor's version of "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)" from his new new record.


See It Soon: Alexander Calder

by Christian Williams

American Masters documentary captures the playfulness and whimsy of Alexander Calder, one of the 20th Century's most captivating artists.


Book Review: The Natural Order of Things

By Ashley Houk

"The Natural Order of Things," the debut novel by Kevin P. Keating, wanders into dark, decaying suburbia.


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Bert Berns: Original Rhythm and Blues

By Joel Selvin

Bert Berns was a pioneer of a new style of rhythm and blues, one that pulsated with Afro-Cuban notes.


Writer’s Block and the Thirst for Inspiration

By Hilma Wolitzer

Writer's block can be an obstacle for writers as they age, and a lack of inspiration may not be an obvious cause.


Women Writers and the Creative Drive

By Rosellen Brown

Women writers explore different facets of their creative drive and the writing process.


Kurt Vonnegut Teaches Grads What Artists Do

By Kurt Vonnegut

Syracuse University students get a lesson in what artists do from Kurt Vonnegut’s 1994 graduation speech.



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