We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Also a good article about Hopper and the exhibition written by Martha Bayles in a recent issue of the Weekly Standard. She ends by speaking of her experience looking at his last major painting "Sun in an Empty Room" -
"The sun pouring into the room makes oblongs of light and dark, but the real darkness is, paradoxically, outside, under the trees. There's not a lot of it, but it is exceedingly black. Spend a few minutes in front of this painting (which will be easy, because no one else does) and ask yourself: Is this depressing or uplifting?
Hopper's answer is the same one we get from life: It is both."
Thanks for the Hooper info. I love his Chop Suey and Cape Cod Evening. He creates a gentle wistful loneliness we have all felt. He makes us aware of all we have been and all that has ever been. For me,it's a spiritual tug that causes me to look up.