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Stale Ingredients: Kanye West, Richard Prince, and Cauldron

  One of the problems with being an art historian (or legal scholar, for that matter) is that one often finds herself using a crude man to exemplify a fine principle. If you want to explain why Cubism is world-changing, you’ve got to say nice things about Pablo...

I’m a Witch

Witch. Why use that word? Mostly, because it’s true. Also, because it’s an incredibly important word. As Madeline Miller explains in her brilliant Guardian article, From Circe to Clinton: why powerful women are cast as witches, the word witch “reflect[s] our ideas...

Bitter Brew: Why The Hoodwitch Should Hex Starbucks

Starbucks recently introduced a "Crystal Ball Frappuccino," presumably hoping for a sequel to its wildly successful Unicorn Frappuccino. Here is Starbucks' Crystal Ball Frappuccino Instagram post from March 22, 2018: Purple, green or blue—they say the Crystal Ball...

To Ellevest, from a Feminist

Dear Ellevest, I received this stunningly tone-deaf email newsletter from your founder yesterday: Yes, I Say The F Word, and I'll Say It Again While delighted to learn that Krawcheck finally embraced feminism in her forties, I was appalled by the email's tone,...

Can My Kid Dress as Moana?

My friend posted this USA Today article to Facebook yesterday, sparking a great conversation among parents, who asked a series of excellent questions. A Moana costume doesn't seem like a hard question to me, but I got a PhD in appropriation. And now I'm going to use...

McMansion Hell in Legal Hell

Zillow recently sent a cease-and-desist letter to the owner of one of my favorite parody sites. McMansion Hell, marvelous brainchild of architecture critic Kate Wagner, is a trenchant look at the sprawling manors that dominate wealthy suburban towns. Unfortunately,...

Not Worth My Time

Friends have asked if I plan to address (1) the Kathy Griffin decapitation photograph or (2) Alex Gardega's addition to Fearless Girl. In a word: no. I am a passionate advocate for the broadest possible interpretation of the First Amendment and believe that rights to...

Seriously, Let’s Clear This Up

The diverse and intense attention paid to Arturo Di Modica’s Charging Bull and Kristen Visbal’s Fearless Girl is exciting; I’m not used to hearing so many voices, from so many quarters, weighing in on artists’ rights. And, unlike the last controversy of this...

It’s Dr. Devine, actually.

After many moons away...I have three more letters after my name, four hundred some-odd pages that suggest I understand something about art and law, and a few gray hairs. Posts will start again next Tuesday Wednesday. First up: analysis of Arturo Di Modica's legal...