Some Reflections on This Past Year in Norway

Today marks the day that we travel back to the United States. This past year has been an amazing experience on so many levels, not just for myself but for my family as well. I know that it will take some time for the events of this past year to truly sink in, a process that will involve re-acclimating ourselves to life back in the US. Even with this knowledge, I wanted to take the time to discuss what this past year has meant to me, both professionally and personally.

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My Visit to the Museé d’Orsay

Last week, I posted about Norwegian artists Johan Christian Dahl, Nikolai Astrup, and Edvard Munch. Today, I want to look at some of my favorite pieces from the Museé d’Orsay in Paris, literally one of the most amazing museums I have ever visited. The Museé d’Orsay officially opened, as a museum, in 1986. However, the building is a former train station which was built or the Exposition Universelle in 1900. The main hall is where the trains would come in and out, and the initial view, walking in from the entrance, is spectacular.

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The Same Old Same Old: Rogue and Representations of the South

Chris Claremont and Michael Golden create Rogue in 1981, and she made her debut in Avengers Annual #10. What makes Rogue interesting to me is her place of origin, the fictional Caldecott County in Mississippi. Speaking with the Clarion Ledger in 2016, Claremont told Jacob Threadgill, “I felt, why should Louisiana get all the fun? … (Mississippi) was a place where the racial divisions and relationships were viewed in perhaps more stark terms than in and around New Orleans.” This is a really interesting quote, specifically the juxtaposition of “fun” and “racial divisions.” Rogue could be a character that addresses issues of racism in the US South; however, those issues become subsumed within the nostalgic moonlight and magnolia myth, dashed with a pinch of Faulknearian Southern Gothic.

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