An important eyewitness account by Pliny the Younger (A.D. 61-113) offers us a glimpse of that fateful day in A.D. 79 when the eruption of Mount Vesuvius buried an entire town and most of its inhabitants. Pliny, whose uncle died in the disaster, vividly describes sheets of fire and enormous pumice stones raining down from the volcano as well as people running desperately towards the sea, terrified for their lives.
- The Washington Post - By Philip Kennicott
The paintings of Wayne Thiebaud — the slices of pie, slabs of cake and sloppy spheres of ice cream — are almost shamefully tactile. You want to touch them, run your fingers across the gooey dollops of...