The Great God Pan Is Dead

Robert Boyd
Art, literature, culture & Houston
Created 09 Sep 2021
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  • You should not get a tax break for buying naming rights
    07 Jan 2022 • < 1 min read • 3 1
    That is what Malcolm Gladwell proposes. He wrote: “You can donate the money and get the corresponding tax deduction. But if you chose to exercise the tax deduction for that gift, you cannot have the b...
  • 3602 Locke Lane
    05 Jan 2022 • 1 min read • 1 2
    As long-time readers of this blog know, I enjoy looking at the real estate photos on HAR.com. HAR is Houston Area Realtors, and their site includes photos of houses for sale. If the photos are of a ho...
  • The Great God Pan Is Dead wishes you a Happy New Year
    01 Jan 2022 • 1 min read • 3 0
    I started this new blog to take the place of my old blog. I didn’t change the title, just the platform. The reason I restarted it was that I decided (mistakenly, it turns out) that COVID was declining...
  • Portuguese As She Is Spoke
    31 Dec 2021 • 1 min read • 3 0
    I’ve been studying Portuguese using the Duolingo app. I’m far from fluent, and so far I am almost done with Unit 2. I am up to the pretérito perfeito do indicativo (which is the past tense). The way D...
  • 2021 Extracted a Heavy Toll
    31 Dec 2021 • 6 min read • 3 0
    In addition to Fred Baldwin, Wayne Thiebaud, Dan Phillips, and Eve Babitz, a lot of other creative people died this year. Here are a few who I admired greatly. I thought about different ways to organi...
  • Fred Baldwin and FotoFest
    29 Dec 2021 • 1 min read • 2 0
    It seems like this blog has been taken over by death, with a series of posts about such recently dead luminaries as Wayne Thiebaud, Dan Phillips and Eve Babitz. I want to touch on one more recently de...
  • Wayne Thiebaud
    26 Dec 2021 • < 1 min read • 2 0
    This blog has taken a dark turn lately. Painter Wayne Thiebaud has died. He died on Christmas at the age of 101. This is Boston Cremes painted in 1962. It demonstrates the qualities that I love in Thi...
  • Dan Phillips
    23 Dec 2021 • 15 min read • 5 1
    I just learned that Dan Phillips died two days ago on December 21 of cancer. Phillips was an amazing person, a visionary. He had been a dance professor at Sam Houston State, but then founded the Phoen...
  • Goodbye Eve Babitz
    21 Dec 2021 • 3 min read • 5 0
    “Dear Joseph Heller, I am a stacked eighteen-year-old blonde on Sunset Boulevard. I am also a writer.” Eve Babitz wrote this postcard in 1961. I’ve always found it a funny, provocative bit of literary...
  • Space Invaders
    18 Dec 2021 • 3 min read
    In Neva Mikulicz’s show at Anya Tish Gallery, “Declassified”, the artist addresses two distinct perennial subjects: paranoia and cheesy 1950s-60s science fiction. Both seem to be outgrowths of the Col...
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