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Michael J. Lewis

Michael J. Lewis

Michael J. Lewis is the Faison-Pierson-Stoddard Professor of Art History at Williams College and a longtime contributor to Commentary.

Heritage Trail Land of Lincoln: Adventures in Abe’s America by Andrew Ferguson Atlantic Monthly. 279 pp. $24.00 The tercentenary of Benjamin Franklin’s birth in 2006 was commemorated jointly by...

A new chapter is about to begin in the story of art looting during World War II. Up until now, attention has centered on...

Benjamin Ivry’s fascinating post does a welcome job of setting the record straight on Philip Johnson and his appalling record of cheerleading for the Nazis....

The public image of the college professor has certainly changed since 1941. That year, Howard Hawks’s Ball of Fire featured Gary Cooper as an academic...

The new Seven Wonders of the World, which were announced last week with great fanfare in Lisbon, are a droll affair. Two are from...

What exactly is a memorial? If you are someone who thrives on the sneers of the cognoscenti, try saying that it is the physical manifestation...

So respectfully does A Mighty Heart, Michael Winterbottom’s film about the death of the journalist Daniel Pearl, treat its subject that criticism seems indecent, like...

The Gregarious Loner Louis I. Kahn: Beyond Time and Style: A Life in Architecture by Carter Wiseman Norton. 284 pp. $60.00 One does not expect a film about an...

Do I really teach at America’s best liberal arts college? Absolutely, according to the annual college ranking system published by the U.S. News and...

The Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts pulled off an audacious feat of showmanship last Friday. As it announced its acquisition of the Manton collection...

Why did Antioch College fail? The announcement that the celebrated college in Yellow Springs, Ohio would be closing its doors in July 2008 sent a...

It would be too much to expect that Paris Hilton, the hotel heiress and recently (re)incarcerated drunk driver, would inspire a great work of art....