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Leonard Quart

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Leonard Quart is Professor Emeritus of Cinema — CUNY and COSI; Contributing Editor, Cineaste; Columnist for Berkshire Eagle; and co-author of American Film and Society Since 1945 —4th Edition (Praeger).

Articles by Leonard Quart

LEONARD QUART: Taking solace in the daily

Wednesday, 16 Aug 2017 - There also seems to be no point railing against the daily dose of lies and exaggerations from our Blusterer-in Chief, for his base cares little or nothing about his character. 

LEONARD QUART: A New York Sunday

Thursday, 20 Jul 2017 - It's also a way of spending some hours not thinking or talking about the monstrous narcissist and sleaze who offers us a compulsive lie and vicious tweet almost every day.

LEONARD QUART: On writing a eulogy

Tuesday, 23 May 2017 - I try to evoke my friends in a way that makes them come alive, always understanding by choice and by ultimate lack of knowledge -- that I have merely scratched the surface.

LEONARD QUART: London bridges

Thursday, 30 Mar 2017 - In my mind’s eye, I can still see the barbaric and murderous assault with a car on a bridge whose current version opened in May 1862.

LEONARD QUART: An abnormal spring day

Friday, 10 Feb 2017 - Every day another egregious or horrific decision is made under Trump’s aegis, and it rests heavily on the collective psyche of people.

LEONARD QUART: What do we do tomorrow?

Sunday, 22 Jan 2017 - For me it's not a protest against the legitimacy of the election but against a compulsive liar of a president who feels morally odious.

LEONARD QUART: Marching against Trump

Monday, 14 Nov 2016 - For a moment, I felt it was the 60s again, and I was back marching against the Vietnam War. I felt exhilarated, but I knew I would feel let down a few hours later.

LEONARD QUART: Village Halloween Parade 2016

Friday, 4 Nov 2016 - The New York Halloween Parade is the largest celebration of its kind in the world and has been picked by Festivals International as “The Best Event in the World” for October 31.

LEONARD QUART: Sound and silence

Monday, 10 Oct 2016 - New York is a dynamic, vibrant city, but one whose constant clamor allows, at least in Manhattan, few moments of serenity. Some people love the din.

LEONARD QUART: A tale of two cities

Wednesday, 10 Aug 2016 - Despite the newspaper articles depicting the gentrification of the South Bronx, life in the projects and much of the surrounding streets is of a much different order.

LEONARD QUART: Parades and reunions

Wednesday, 29 Jun 2016 - I am normally pessimistic about the nature and future of American society, but the Gay Pride march made me feel, for the moment, optimistic. 

LEONARD QUART: Spring comes to New York

Tuesday, 24 May 2016 - One often stumbles on to perceptions about city life by accident, so as I set out one day to do some food shopping, a number of things strike my eye.

LEONARD QUART: Chance encounters in The Big City

Sunday, 20 Mar 2016 - I’m someone who likes to ask questions of some of the people I run into, and more often than not people are willing to talk either about themselves or the world they inhabit in evocative and informative ways.

LEONARD QUART: City of flux

Monday, 15 Feb 2016 - One wants to see some of the grit and buildings on the Bowery preserved. The street had a distinctive personality, and an aesthetic of its own.

LEONARD QUART: My blizzard

Sunday, 24 Jan 2016 - The city is struggling to recover from the blizzard. I can hear the whistling sound of heavy winds through my window.

LEONARD QUART: Welcoming the New Year

Saturday, 2 Jan 2016 - When I was in my twenties, the holidays meant a frantic race from party to party. They were usually unsatisfying, even alienating, experiences.

LEONARD QUART: Christmas in New York 

Monday, 21 Dec 2015 - None of these over-the-top displays aim at subtlety but their spectacle attempts to envelop us all in holiday good feelings, and it succeeds with many. Still, the abattoir much of the world has turned into repels and frightens me.