Eugene O'Neill's house

Facing the ghosts: Eugene O’Neill and Tao House

“His bedroom mirror is painted black, and the walls are grey, the color of fog,” the National Park Ranger said. I stood in Eugene Gladstone O’Neill’s former bedroom at Tao House, a National Historic Site in Danville, California. Here was […]

Mythic mirror

The Oscars as mythic mirror

Each January, I can’t wait to read the list of Academy Award nominees. The annual ritual offers a way to review a pantheon of cultural imagery from the past year: a complex mirroring process. “Who are we? What do we […]